Grow up,If you do not have a OAK,you are sucking in outside air from cracks and leaks in your house, which changes the air humidity in your enclosed area.I did not ask a "dumb" question.If your unit is not "sealed" start there.Where did anyone mention having an oak installed. Not relevant to what the post is asking.
On topic, some stoves have an area to put a pot of water on top and it gets hot enough to steam, great option. We usually will boil water and simmer it when it gets really dry. We have a vicks humidifier but it doesn't do enough by itself.
I have an essick console at home and an ultrasonic at work. One word of caution, use soft water, or some way to demineralize it. Calcium deposits will grow fast on the console media, and will be put in the air with the ultrasonic. The ultrasonic can create a white film on everything if you let it.I use 2 of these. Refill 2x daily. Clean about every 4 days with bleach water and rinse. Does the job.
They used to be 22 bucks on Amazon. They come an go onsale there. Right now not in stock. Be careful when cleaning not to get water in fan. Hole finger over the hole.
DONGSHEN Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier 1.7L Capacity
My house has Home Humidifier but I don't use it when using Pellet Stove (Hooked to AC/Heat Pump). I think everyone knows why (No heat from HP).
One of them I have had about 18 months the other 6 months. Honeywell unit crapped out in less than 6 months and warranty was royal pain and gave up on it.
This is what I do in my place and it works, it raises the humidity according to the station I use. You don't need to boil the water to increase the humidity.Not on Pellet Stove. They don't boil water like Wood Stove. I can hold my hand on top of mine. It's never more than very warm.
We have 3 Honeywell warm mist humidifiers. Two downstairs and 1 upstairs. I use a capful of humidifier treatment every refill. They work great, it really helps on the dry cold days. Every year I take them apart and clean the scale off the heating element.My home is really dry due to the usage of my Hartman P-61. What does everyone recommend using as far as a humidifier?
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I'd also like to hear of any drawbacks to using soft water in humidifiers. The essick at home gets caked up and done for as it is after 6mo of use and using soft water. For the next month or two I can't see buying another new one - the existing one is good enough but will be tossed come spring. And I'm tempted to bring water to work for the ultrasonic instead of the hard water there due to the white film developing there.I bought a Bemis 600 series (evaporative wick) for $30. Seems to work well, 5.2 gallon water capacity and it definitely goes through a gallon or two a day. Can anyone comment on using softened or UNsoftened water? The manual stresses that UNsoftened water should be used. My hardness is 28gpg. My gut feeling is that I should be using softened water. I am using bacteria treatment since the previous owner gave me a full bottle.
This is what I do in my place and it works, it raises the humidity according to the station I use. You don't need to boil the water to increase the humidity.
I got one of those pots, and it does evaporate water slowly; not much, but enough to moisten the air just enough. The space is too open for me to want to be running a humidifier. The water in the pot never boils, but if you put the pot towards the front of the stove, where the top is hottest, the water does get warm and evaporate.I'd also like to hear of any drawbacks to using soft water in humidifiers. The essick at home gets caked up and done for as it is after 6mo of use and using soft water. For the next month or two I can't see buying another new one - the existing one is good enough but will be tossed come spring. And I'm tempted to bring water to work for the ultrasonic instead of the hard water there due to the white film developing there.