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Humidification

Been trying for some time to get adequate humidity in an old house that has steam heat. Have installed an air handler and necessary duct to reach most of the rooms. Contractor said I would have to use a steam humidifier to get enough moisture into the air, which is of course at room temperature. After suffering with very expensive operating cost and operating problems with calcium buildup that requires too frequent cleaning, I'm looking for alternatives. What I'm trying to figure out is whether using a conventional flow through type of humidifier (or even two)could put enough moisture into the air stream to do the job for me. No one at Honeywell was willing to estimate how much water I could evaporate in 24 hours, with an air flow of 650 cfm, and air temp. of 70 degrees. I'd greatly appreciate any ideas, or input on this subject.
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