07:28AM | 02/22/05
Member Since: 02/21/05
3 lifetime posts
We're building at 3200 sq. ft house. The builder is offering us an 'upgrade' to get a central system humidifier for $800. Is it worth it? Is that a lot? any advice or two cents' worth is appreciated here. We need to let the builder know whether we want this humidifier system or not.


09:02AM | 02/22/05
Member Since: 02/21/05
3 lifetime posts
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that I believe, since its new construction, that the house is going to be properly insulated and taped such that there won't be a problem with air escaping the house and dry air entering the house. In light of that, I was wondering if anyone thought it was necessary in a newly constructed house to spend the extra money on the humidifier.


05:02PM | 02/23/05
Member Since: 12/15/04
16 lifetime posts
If you live in a climate with very cold winters, I would say get a humidifier. With normal house leakage aside, cold air cannot hold as much moisture has warmer air. It is impossible to prevent dry, outside air from infiltrating a home with day to day traffic in and out of the home. You do want a percentage of air exchange in your house regularly anyway. Especially in new construction when your home and furnishing may outgas for up to a year. I would get a humidier, one that is automatic with a sensor mounted outside eliminating any guess work on the setting. Comfort humidity is usallly 35%, your house likes 20-25%. Use with care. Good luck.

Here is a place to start:
Click to reply button Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon