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Looking for a contractor to install home humidifier - October 2, 2016, 10:32 AM

Winter is coming.
I don't want to run adhoc humidifiers and would prefer to have a whole home unit installed.

Does anyone have contractor recommendations?

Water and power are easily accessible from the furnace location and while I would enjoy doing this on my own, time is not on my side.

I also want it tied in to our Nest.


Also, for folks with a whole home humidifier, which did you go with? I've been looking at the steam models...


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There was a Home HVAC engineer and custom designer on this board who worked for United Air Temps.
I'm blanking on his name right now. Screen name was LE954 or something.

I've recommend him to people in the past and everyone came away extremely impressed with his knowledge and recommendations.

If I can find his contact info I'll push it over to you.



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#452-LE was his SN.

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Yea, I'll reach out to Mike once he's back from their road trip.

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post up with your findings. i'm interested in similar for my house.


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I looked in to whole house humidifiers, and wish I had gotten one when we first bought/built. Now Im not sure if its worth while based on how much longer I expect the unit to last, neighbors are already replacing theirs.


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post up with your findings. i'm interested in similar for my house.
Fitz, if you can afford it, do it!

My buddy has three kids and a wife with allergies. He was tired of running humidifiers in kids rooms during the winter, while two of his rooms had pedestal type air filters running half the time.

He bit the bullet and had a whole house humidifier / dehumidifier / electrostatic filter system installed in his basement along with a Nest thermostat.

Within a day the change in his home environment was noticeable - but the end of day three is was marketable.

The air in his home stays crisp and fresh with perfect humidity & temperature year round. He doesn't have to run his A/C as much during the summer. Winters, no one dries out or gets sick as often. His wife doesn't use the pedestal filters anymore. The added benefit is that the air moved and scrubbed so well, scents disappear in an hour - and his family uses some quite pungent Indian spices that used to hang around and re-visit your nose for at least a day or two.

It was a tie-in system installed just prior to the air handler. The only thing that was spec'd by the designer and that we decided to do ourselves was to cut in a larger return register in one room and drop in a second return line in a hallway. We did that ourselves in a day and a few beers. Would have been a half-day without the beers.

Depending on your particular home set-up, you may not even have a need for this extra step.



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The good news is if you already have a water line near the unit the job should be pretty simple. We just had ours done here in the new place in Chicago.

In terms of references check with David Church (macdad) as well. His brother and him installed our HVAC unit in Sterling back in the days and did a great job. Humidifier should be a breeze.


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How much does something like this cost? I mean, I assume it's thousands... but in terms of simplicity, it's just something that goes in line with the air handler, right? Then some water lines to it?


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How much does something like this cost? I mean, I assume it's thousands... but in terms of simplicity, it's just something that goes in line with the air handler, right? Then some water lines to it?
Steam units are usually around $1000.

I am not sure what the install should cost.

For me, the difficult part would be the 208/240v power from the main breaker box. I don't mind doing power but I don't like touching the box.


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I just watched a youtube video on installing a 240v circuit.

I'm a pro now.


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Steam units are usually around $1000. I am not sure what the install should cost. For me, the difficult part would be the 208/240v power from the main breaker box. I don't mind doing power but I don't like touching the box.
Doing a heavy up isn't that hard but if you really don't like touching the outside box and inside panel, even a journey man electrician could knock it out for you for about $1500 and less than a day's electric downtime.



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How much does something like this cost? I mean, I assume it's thousands... but in terms of simplicity, it's just something that goes in line with the air handler, right? Then some water lines to it?
Humidifier...in Texas...not needed in a vast majority of the cases. Unless you have some high dollar piano and you are trying to keep the level perfect, its not really necessary.

Unless you have the deepest and coldest winter on record.

As a matter of fact, most homes that have humidifiers are not needed if the home is properly air sealed and insulated. As occupants, you generate plenty of moisture in the winter between breathing, cooking, washing clothes, bathing, plants, etc.
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Doing a heavy up isn't that hard but if you really don't like touching the outside box and inside panel, even a journey man electrician could knock it out for you for about $1500 and less than a day's electric downtime.
$1500?!? f-no! I'll do it.


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Humidifier...in Texas...not needed in a vast majority of the cases. Unless you have some high dollar piano and you are trying to keep the level perfect, its not really necessary.

Unless you have the deepest and coldest winter on record.

As a matter of fact, most homes that have humidifiers are not needed if the home is properly air sealed and insulated. As occupants, you generate plenty of moisture in the winter between breathing, cooking, washing clothes, bathing, plants, etc.
I'm looking more into a dehumidifier, and when looking at THOSE, I found that both was popular, due to being able to keep the levls optimal at all times.


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