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"Steam" humidifiers

I have a client who wants to install a Nortec RES steam humidifier in a gas fired forced air furnace system. The mechanical contractor insists that the first length of ductwork must be replaced with stainless steel with this type of humidifier. Does anyone have any experience with this recommendation and this type of humidifier. Thanks.

Asked by peter powell
Posted Sep 24, 2010 12:39 PM ET

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How about getting an Energy Audit
Tighten up the House
May not need a humidifier

Answered by John Brooks
Posted Sep 24, 2010 12:40 PM ET

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An airsealed home, even poorly airselaed, will not need a humidifier. I recommend against humidifiers. Unless there is some interesting environmental requirement - for example classic instruments or artwork. Then elevated humidity isn't a bad idea, but the building needs to be built to take that stress.

-Rob

Answered by Robert Susz
Posted Sep 24, 2010 4:19 PM ET

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This is a new house still under construction, being built very well from an infiltration standpoint, and including an HRV, but the owner still insists on having the humidification system based on his health condition.

Answered by peter powell
Posted Sep 24, 2010 4:25 PM ET

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