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Whole House Humidifiers ? The Types and Benefits of the Furnace Humidifier

As your gas furnace or other type of furnace heats the air in your house it will be forcing the moisture out of the air. To maintain the proper comfort and to keep things from cracking from lack of moisture you need to install a furnace humidifier.

Furnace humidifiers offer many health benefits. They help to relieve the irritation of breathing dry air. More humidity in the air has shown in studies to lead to healthier lungs and fewer illnesses. To many people, another very important benefit of installing a good furnace humidifier is that the addition of more humidity to the space during cold-weather months allows for you to lower your temperature setting on the thermostat while still maintaining comfort.

If you are already looking for a furnace humidifier, you are probably familiar with many of the great benefits of installing one in your home or office. A good furnace humidifier will also help alleviate some symptoms associated with asthma or allergies as well. A good furnace humidifier can also help you to prevent cracks in your precious wood. Another great benefit of installing a furnace humidifier is that it will help eliminate static electricity.

The three most common types of humidifier are bypass furnace humidifiers, the power spray furnace humidifiers, and also steam furnace humidifiers. The bypass humidifier seems to be the most common furnace humidifier is the bypass humidifier.

All of the different types of humidifiers need to have a lot of maintenance. On the pad type humidifiers you need to clean or change to pads often. On spray type humidifiers the nozzle and pad will need to be changed or cleaned yearly. On the best types of humidifier is the steam furnace humidifier. They produce the most humidity but are very expensive and do require more regular maintenance and upkeep then the other types of humidifier.

A humidifier can be a fantastic addition to your hot air heating system. The type of humidifier that you need to have will often be dependent on the size of the space you are planning to serve. Also, do you need precise control or not? Overall a humidifier is often a must have item if you are heating with hot air heat. Dry air is not any fun and causes many problems. Put up with the time you will need to invest in cleaning and servicing your humidifier. Having the proper amount of moisture in your house will pay you back many times over.

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My furnace constantly turning on every 5 to 10 mint.and my bill is high what can I do

You don't indicate whether it is a gas or an electric furnace, so its somewhat difficult to give other than a generic answer. First and foremost, you have to make sure the furnace is working to its utmost efficiency. If it is an electric furnace, one or more of the individual heating elements could be not functioning correctly, lowering the furnace total output which in turn has to run longer to produce the amount of heat required to satisfy the thermostat setpoint. Of course, the lower the outdoor temp, the longer the furnace has to run to maintain the indoor temp setpoint because the loss of heat is greater with the lower temperatures.

If it's a gas furnace, its either working or not, but there are some cases where the gas control refuses to pass full flow of gas. This is a very rare situation, and I doubt that is what is happening. Either furnace needs to have a clean filter to maximize its output.

Check around doors for leaking door gaskets or leaking threshhold gaskets. Check around the windows for air leakage. If you have a gas furnace and its not a high efficiency unit that draws air from the outside from the second of two pvc pipes, the furnace has to draw
'combustion air' from within the house. That air mixes with the gas, then escapes the house up the flu. The result is that that air has to be replaced, so the slightly negative air pressure INSIDE you house is replenished by outside air seeping in cracks and crevases around doors and windows.

Its a law of physics, pressure will flow from high to low and when this happens, you may feel a draft around the windows. You can't totally seal the house as a certain amount of fresh air is required for a healthy environment, but excess leakage needs to be eliminated.

Jan 10, 2015 | Dayton Gas Furnace Heater

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Is 32c a normal temp for an exhaust on a force air high efficiency house furnace? This is the air temp that goes outside after heating the plenum. Is there a lot of heat going up the "chimney"??

Any furnace providing heat where it should and has little to no heat from its exhaust is doing a GREAT job ;-)

Our high efficiency gas furnace was installed with a PVC pipe as a 'chimney' which bothered me to no end until I found the surface temp of that plastic pipe only barely warm to the touch- that is a home run!

Jan 09, 2015 | Emerson Lennox Ducane Armstrong Furnace...

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Forced Hot Air Heating system doesn't maintain thermostat setting

It sounds like you may have issues with the furnace. A qualified professional can go over the system and the house to let you know if the system and unit are properly sized. The poor performance of a furnace can be a sign of carbon buildup in the furnace.
Good luck, hope this helps.

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