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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Sons924, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Sons924

    Sons924 Burning Hunk

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    I have a humidifier to try and raise the humidity but I don't know what number I'm trying to get to. My wall thermostat said 23 percent last night and it was way to dry in the house.
    Please help!

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  2. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    In the winter because I keep it between 80 and 90 degrees in the house I usually try and keep the humidify between 40 and 45 % .
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Generally speaking a house at 70F should be around 30-35%. It can be adjusted to your level of comfort, but don't get too high - you will end up with palm trees growing in the corner (or worse).
  4. WarmBluthner

    WarmBluthner New Member

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    If you can maintain 50% you're doing fine.

    In our room 800sq that takes up to a gallon
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    nola mike Feeling the Heat

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    FWIW, the accuracy of those things is suspect. I have probably a half dozen around my house, and readings are all over the place.
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  7. WarmBluthner

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    Sorry people,

    When I mentioned the 50% humidity I forgot to mention our house is stone and double glazed, no condensation problems.
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    Oregon aloha Feeling the Heat

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    Dose it depend on what part the the country you live in? We keep our humidity between 35% and 45%. Seams to work fine for us. Is this good?
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    What type of humidifier do you have? Is it located in your ductwork? a stand alone one?

    If you have a smaller one that plugs in it may never do anything for you because it cannot put out enough moisture. If its mounted in your ductwork the capacity of it will be greatly reduced if youre not running your furnace at the same time.

    Above 30% should keep you out of the bloody noses and getting shocked from the light switch. !!! Be sure you do NOT let it get above 50%.
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    Diesel, how often do you have to fill it? and can anybody else tell us what kind you use and how do you like it, im looking to buy one and i want to find the best one with minimum maintenance and fill it the least.
  12. Sons924

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    After all the posts, I set it to 40 percent and it is much more comfortable in the house. Thank you
  13. Dieselhead

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    It depends, but usually once a day in the dead of winter when it's dry and the stove is constantly going. It's got a humidistat so you can set it to what you like. I leave mine on 55%. I have well water and go through probably 3 wicks a season due to the minerals in The water. Also I add the additive to make the wicks last longer. It's a capful per 2 gallons. Doesn't really use alot of the additive. But I tell ya it pumps out some good moisture in the air. Well worth it, I have a zc fireplace so can't put a pot on top.

    They also make a larger one with 2 water containers, 1 on each side so you don't have to fill it as often.
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  14. Hogwildz

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    I suggest keeping it below 50%. 50% or higher may create mold or other issues.
    I keep mine at 45%, and that seems to be just fine for this place.
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    This is a good guide. It's based on preventing mold and other growths due to condensation inside the exterior walls and windows.
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    Which humidifier do you use? Or is it part of your central heat system? Thanks.
  17. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    I use the Kenmore console model.
    Has two large plastic jugs so fill ups aren't so bad.
    usually every other day or so, depending on how dry it gets inside.
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    I gave up on it a few years ago,only time i bother is when some one is sick (not very often) Got tired of fillin the damn jugs all day. Got 2 big aquariums that help plus i vent the dryer inside in winter.That helps a lot.
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    Search Essick Moist Air - they have various sized units for whole house humidification.

    The link below is for the unit we picked up at Home Depot a few yrs ago, we fill it once per day when it is running 24/7. Filters need to be replaced annually ~ $20, and depending on your water mineral content - cleaned a few times per season. These units have an adjustable humidistat and fan, fan on low is tolerable, on high it is very noisy.
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    Interesting topic, love the graph . We keep a dish of water on the soapstone stove but honestly don't have much control over the level of humidity because it is just follows what's outside. We recently switched out appliances that leaked and are addressing other issues. We did throw away an old hygrometer that was showing bad reads. We also have all the indoor plants adding to the mix. Our basement always feels damp and after lighting the stove makes it feel comfortable. This thread makes me more aware of the connection between temprature and humidity Working together to maximize comfort.
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    Sometimes you need a good dry spell to suck out any dampness in the walls and foundation(Or at least thats what i tell myself)
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    Thanks, Hog.
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