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humidifier in old house

ChrisJChrisJ Posts: 3,692Member ✭✭✭
My wife really wants me to start running a humidifier in our house and I'm kind of concerned about the problems it may cause.



Currently our house doesn't have insulated walls and the attic isn't vented.  Walls are aluminum siding over clap board with plastic on the inside.  Attic is empty with no ventilation at this point.   We plan on changing the attic situation in the neat future, however the walls will continue to be a concern.

There have been no signs of condensation in the attic and the walls I have no idea.  Last winter I refused to use a humidifier because I fear causing condensation and with RH levels below 30 my wife was not happy and to be honest neither was I.



Should I be safe to run a humidifier in this house at a conservative level such as maybe 40% RH?  I realize no one has a crystal ball and will know for sure, I'm just looking for opinions.
Weil-McLain EG-40 connected to 392sqft of radiation via two 2" risers into a 3" drop header and 2" equalizer. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment Typical operating pressure 0.5 - 1.0 inch wc.

Steam system pictures updated 1/25/15.
https://picasaweb.google.com/thetube0a3/Boiler?authkey=Gv1sRgCImUxIqv9436MQ#

Don't push the envelope, eliminate it.
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  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Posts: 2,472Member ✭✭✭
    Should I be safe to run a humidifier in this house...

    I have fancy Marvin thermopane-type windows. Argon gas filled. Optical coating.



    When it is really cold out, if I humidify to 40% and it is 69F inside, the condensation on the glass will run down the windows. I infer that that is too humid. If I keep it to 30%, that rarely happens.
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  • ChrisJChrisJ Posts: 3,692Member ✭✭✭
    humidifier

    So,  you're saying 40% RH is too much for any house if it gets cold enough out?
    Weil-McLain EG-40 connected to 392sqft of radiation via two 2" risers into a 3" drop header and 2" equalizer. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment Typical operating pressure 0.5 - 1.0 inch wc.

    Steam system pictures updated 1/25/15.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/thetube0a3/Boiler?authkey=Gv1sRgCImUxIqv9436MQ#

    Don't push the envelope, eliminate it.
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  • Jean-David BeyerJean-David Beyer Posts: 2,472Member ✭✭✭
    edited November 2012
    Not Quite.

    I  am saying it is too much for my windows and my house. And I do not know what is happening inside my walls (which is more important than my windows). But when my windows are condensing so much there are little puddles of water on the horizontal parts, I infer that it is too much for me. It is 43F outside right now and 31% R.H. inside and there is not even a mist on the windows.



    When it is 10F outside and 40% inside, there is a problem with the windows. I have no probe type hygrometer (if there is such a thing) to measure the condensation inside my walls. I just take window condensation as a warning.
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  • ChrisJChrisJ Posts: 3,692Member ✭✭✭
    condensation

    Well, considering I have 150 year old windows that don't fit right with cheap 20 year old storm windows that stink I double I can do as good as you.

    It kind of sounds like my assumption was right, a humidifier is probably a bad idea in my house.



    Though I do recall typical hydrometers having something like a 20% tolerance.
    Weil-McLain EG-40 connected to 392sqft of radiation via two 2" risers into a 3" drop header and 2" equalizer. EcoSteam ES-20 Advanced Control for Residential Steam boilers. Rectorseal Steamaster water treatment Typical operating pressure 0.5 - 1.0 inch wc.

    Steam system pictures updated 1/25/15.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/thetube0a3/Boiler?authkey=Gv1sRgCImUxIqv9436MQ#

    Don't push the envelope, eliminate it.
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