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We are moving to an area where it gets cold and snows in the winter. We come from a desert area where it is never very cold except for the dead of winter, and where we use the heater very seldom. We noticed then that the heater made us feel dry and uncomfortable. We are thinking about installing a full house humidifier. The company I am talking to says the kind they recommend is the steam/mist style. Cost w/install: 3000.00. I don't know much about them. He said he would install it in the garage near the hot water heater where the water source is and run the line up into the attic where the furnace is.

Can anybody tell me how well these work and if this price quote is reasonable?

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Do you currently have central A/C or forced air heating system? –  mikes Jun 12 '13 at 8:41
Cost questions are generally off topic here because there are too many variables that go into them: location, time, availability of stuff. But what currency is that 3000.00 figure measured in? –  Niall C. Jun 12 '13 at 14:23
Hopefully Pesos! –  DMoore Jun 12 '13 at 16:29

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Honeywell humidifiers are really good - with experience with one in last house. Our heating costs went down by 15% and our house didn't have static everywhere in the winter. Mine was a steam too and it cost me about $400 total after a couple of quick trips to Lowes. Took me about 3 hours (counting the 2 trips) to install.

So let's say it takes a whole day for the pro to install (8 hours) - I am not an hvac pro. Is it worth $300 an hour to get this done in your area? Also maybe your unit costs more but the unit I got had great reviews and near top of line...

Also I think this should be installed on furnace not garage. I don't know your whole setup so I don't want to call out the company. It doesn't make sense to me that a line from humidifier to furnace would be run because that has to diminish the steam going in and may make the humidifier work constantly... But I do understand that you don't want plumbing to freeze - which I am guess it doesn't in your climate being that the water heater is in the garage....

So I would run a water line to furnace and install it there.

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Very interesting unit, must be a big improvement over trickle or rotating pad. Much maintenance? –  HerrBag Jun 12 '13 at 12:14
I only was in the house 2 years. No maintenance. –  DMoore Jun 12 '13 at 15:00

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