How Do I Control The Humidity Levels In My Home?


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Daniel Tagliento Profile
Your central heating system is a forced hot air ducted type? Is the whole house humidifier a built-in component of that system, meaning it is inside the duct or is directly connected into the ductwork? If this is the case, you must check the water supply delivery to the built-in unit. Is the water passing through the tubing to the humidifier? It could be turned off at the actual tap into the water main pipe. The water could also be blocked internally by mineral deposits usually occurring inside the humidifier.
On the curve, you are mentioning of an direct venting to the outside, are you saying 100% of the heated air is pushed thru the house and then pushed to the outside/ This would be bizarre and the fuel bills would be huge. The furnace should be drawing air from a baseboard level or a floor level return register, that is ducted to the bottom of the furnace. From the top of the furnace there should be a means to deliver the treated/heated air to the living spaces. This is describing a closed loop system. Aside, the only outside air coming into this system is limited to combustion air for the gas/propane/oil being burned. This would be a direct route to the furnace housing or a general supply available to the furnace.

But just in case you have a DEHUMIDIFER Unit in place at the basement, double check what you are running! This explanation fits the conditions that you are describing!

You, also allude to...describe the appliance that might be carried to another location...if it is a HUMIDIFER, move it into the inhabited main home.

Having a Humidifier adding water moisture particles to the heated air inside the house means that you can feel comfortable while having the heating system set to a lower temperature, thus not spending more energy money!

Where is this home located, who has installed the heating system and has anyone remotely knowledgeable of local heating set-ups looked at this set-up??
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Charity Volkmann
Charity Volkmann commented
The furnace is a standard older model forced air furnace. There are return air ducts in each room of the main floor. The humidifier is not part of the furnace, it is a separate unit which I have placed in the basement because this seems to be the dryest part of the house. My confusion is that I am able to keep the main floor of the home at a comfortable humidity level but the basement where my room is registers below the comfort level. I am unsure where to place the portable humidifier to allow optmial levels throughout the mainlevel and the basement.
Daniel Tagliento
Daniel Tagliento commented
We are making some sense & progress here...yet some questions do exist! To establish a base of understanding, the main floor has heated air being delivered by ducts
to each room and also there are in place separate return air ducts permitting the cold air back to the furnace for heating. The humidity at the main floor is at an acceptable level. Your room is in the basement, it is where the portable unit is working.

The main concern should be the main floor, I surmise there other occupants living there and is where most of your day is spent. place the humidifier on the main floor. There is no connection between the two levels as you describe. The basement bedroom receives heated air from the main heating system? If it does the water moisture being put in the air upstairs will get in to some degree, will make it to there. After the unit is upstairs for at least a few days with the heating in operation, you might have to decide a small second unit may to needed in the basement bedroom. Type back as I'm not completely confident all that can be done simply here is in place.
Gina Profile
Gina answered
Depending on your environment, if your air is too dry, use a vaporizer which gives off sterile clean moisture in the air that helps prevent sinus infections, dry eye and sore throats. If you have too much moisture in the air, a dehumidifier will pull excess ambient moisture from the air and prevent excess moisture from forming mold and mildew buildup. This can help prevent allergies from mold and unsightly mildew. A humidifier is good in the winter also. Although it needs to be cleaned regularly. I personally prefer a vaporizer in the winter because I know the vapor will help with my tendency for dry throat, sore throat in the morning.
Fred Jones Profile
Fred Jones answered
Maybe the basement has the cold air intake but no vents to put the air back in. All the moisture would be drawn in by the blower and re-added into the upstairs.
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Charity Volkmann
Charity Volkmann commented
I do have an outgoing vent in the basement, but no return air intake in the basement. So should I put in a return air intake? I am so confused and dry.
Fred Jones
Fred Jones commented
This very well may be what is needed. I am not an expert by any means but looking at it logically, it would make sense as the moisture would be forced up and out to the rest of the house.

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