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Old 2013-12-06, 06:06 PM
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Default How to get humidity levels up?

We can't get our humidity levels up in the house. It won't go higher than 32% no matter what settings we change on the humidity control panel in the furnace room and the one on the main floor. The electric shocks are getting a bit much.

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Old 2013-12-06, 06:28 PM
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Are the ducts from the humidifier open ?
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Old 2013-12-06, 06:32 PM
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More specifically, there is a damper inline with the humidifier. It would have been closed when you moved in. What about the water line to the humidifier?
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How is your thermostat programmed?

Avoid night time and daytime setbacks till your humidity has come up.

Most flow through humidifiers only operate during a heat cycle. So you should avoid setting the thermostat to set back at night or during the day. Keep a steady termerature setting of what ever you like but keep it steady. This time of year the heat loss fluctuates. +5C days 0C days and then -10C days your furnace will be all over the place with cycles. So setting back in the daytime could mean no heat cycles for hours and hours.. Which means no humidifying cycles

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I'm fairly sure the hrv lines are ok. Builder and home inspector both checked it. The heat exchange in vent is partially blocked though.

The settings are set to 'comfortable' heading towards 'more humidity' on the main floor and in the furnace room as though it's 0c.
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Maybe try leaving the furnace fan running 24/7?

41% on the main level and 48% upstairs for me and my stand alone humidifiers are still in their boxes.
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updated my post above to make more sense.

BrianT is also correct about running the fan all the time to keep air moving and level out temperature and humidity levers through the house.
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How is your thermostat programmed?

Avoid night time and daytime setbacks till your humidity has come up.

Most flow through humidifiers only operate during a heat cycle. So you should avoid setting the thermostat to set back at night or during the day. Keep a steady termerature setting of what ever you like but keep it steady. This time of year the heat loss fluctuates. +5C days 0C days and then -10C days your furnace will be all over the place with cycles. So setting back in the daytime could mean no heat cycles for hours and hours.. Which means no humidifying cycles
I've recently put in a Nest thermostat and we are moving temps a fair amount. However prior to that we didn't move it at all and still had the same issue. I'll try and level out the temps and run the fan more to see if it helps though.

Thanks for all the tips and replies
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Definitely agree with the 24/7 fan. Mine has been on since we moved in.
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Well if it's the opposite of trying to reduce humidity levels, you can try leaving all blinds closed, doors to bedrooms closed, and not run fans in bathrooms after showering...doing the opposite of those things apprently reduces humidity levels in the home so logically, the opposite must be true?? Maybe also try setting the HRV as if it was -10C instead of 0C which may also help? Good luck!
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