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Sep 28, 2021 - 10:53:32 AM
48 posts since 3/28/2015

I have a whole house humidifier. It quit working pre pandemic. I wasn’t in any hurry.
And…… the AC quit last week.
I need a new T fitting for the water line. He didn’t have one on his truck. I said no problem. I can handle that. But he suggested putting it on the hot water side as it’s filtered.
My first thought was, huh. But it takes a bit for water to move through my pipes.
Any thoughts on this?

Sep 29, 2021 - 4:21:49 AM
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boxbow

USA

2687 posts since 2/3/2011

While it may have cooled somewhat, it remains filtered. One of the long term problems with whole house humidifiers is that they foul the mechanicals like the furnace and the humidifier itself. Softeners go a long way to relieve this, and filters take out chunks. You don't specify drip-through or atomizer or steam. Each has problems. It's true that warm water seems to vaporize more easily. The big advantage for you, in my opinion, is that it's been filtered. As for wasting hot water, well, it's a relatively slow and intermittent flow, so less wastage than it might appear.

Sep 29, 2021 - 5:48:21 AM

48 posts since 3/28/2015

Thanks….it’s a drip through. Drips at top of filter. Filter is about 10” X 12”.

Sep 30, 2021 - 3:48:12 AM
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boxbow

USA

2687 posts since 2/3/2011

I've installed plenty of them and torn out even more. The honeycomb media inside gets limed up badly and reduces the uniform flow of water which in turn reduces the effective dispersal of water vapor, but it's made to be replaced easily. If it looks awful, replace it. Our local code inspectors won't allow the needle valve that comes with the humidifiers. They're the ones that clamp on a copper pipe and then pierce it to let the water flow. They are not reliable. They are junk. I always install a tee and put on a stop valve like you see under the sink supplying your faucet. They make them with a 1/4 inch outlet which is what most humidifiers use. They also make braided supply lines in 1/4" now like you see under the sink. Nice. Tough. Easy.

Oct 1, 2021 - 6:31:38 AM
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boxbow

USA

2687 posts since 2/3/2011

I should add that whenever possible I plumb them into the hot water line. It's really better that way.

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