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#324153 - 09/28/10 01:18 PM Furnace humidifier recommendation please
Ya_basta Offline
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Hey guys,

I currently have a GeneralAire 1042 series humidifier on my furnace and I need to replace it. Can anyone recommend a good brand? The best, most efficient type- rotary disc, flow through, ultrasonic humidifier etc.

I've done some research and have read good reviews about Desert Springs humidifier and Aprilaire .

One thing to possibly consider is that I also have an HRV, which drys my house even more in the wintertime.

As always, your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Cam


Edited by wheelz999 (09/28/10 01:25 PM)
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#324157 - 09/28/10 01:45 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: Ya_basta]
Adrian Offline
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The fellow who installed my new furnace will be coming back this evening to install a better thermostat, so I'll try to remember to ask him for his recommendation on humidifiers, Cam.
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#324158 - 09/28/10 01:57 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: Adrian]
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Thanks, Adrian. From further research, it seems like Aprilaire flow through/bypass humidifiers are the best.
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#324165 - 09/28/10 03:05 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: Ya_basta]
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My neighbour has an Aprilaire humidifier and says it's a good unit(he also got his furnace replaced yesterday by the same installer).
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#324166 - 09/28/10 03:06 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: Adrian]
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Hmmm. I never know much about them, except it was a knob I turned twice a year.

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#324167 - 09/28/10 03:29 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: CatBrat]
Ya_basta Offline
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Originally Posted By: Adrian
My neighbour has an Aprilaire humidifier and says it's a good unit(he also got his furnace replaced yesterday by the same installer).


Thanks, Adrian. It looks like they're a good unit, and right now the manufacturer of choice.

Originally Posted By: CatBrat
Hmmm. I never know much about them, except it was a knob I turned twice a year.


You're single, and you only turn your knob twice a year? No wonder your avatars head is bobbing back and forth grin .
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#324180 - 09/28/10 07:23 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: Ya_basta]
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Yup. He(installer) recommends the Aprilaire humidifiers, Cam. Says that's what they specialize in and prefers it over others.
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#324185 - 09/28/10 07:58 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: Adrian]
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Thanks again, Adrian. That's what I'll be getting!
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#324189 - 09/28/10 09:19 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: Ya_basta]
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Hey Cam,
Was there anything about the 1042 that you were unhappy with? The Aprilaire is essentially the same design/type, so you really won't see any improvement over what you have now.

Do you trust your HVAC tech? I'm quite surprised that you need to replace it. The only two things that can really go bad are the pad and the solenoid. (And both can be replaced fairly inexpensively)

The AA's are very good humidifiers, but I don't like the plastic clip that holds the water line above the pad as they tend to break.
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#324191 - 09/28/10 09:29 PM Re: Furnace humidifier recommendation please [Re: real80sman]
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If you wanted something more efficient, look into a Steam Humidifier.
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