Im in the process of installing a new humidifier, however, due to the way the furnace was installed the Furnace output duct has the A-coil mounted about 14" above the furnace top and this leaves very little room above the A-coil and the ceiling.
1) Can I mount the bypass duct below the A-coil (All the manuals say 6" above the coil, but i assume that because usually the coil it right above the furnace.
2) Can the bypass duct be 5-6" highier or lower than the humdifier? (I have a space issue on the supply and return lines and can't mount them level to eachother).
It is a natural gas furance (about 5 years old). So does that matter is the bypass is above or below the A-coil?
So you don't have a heat pump?
(I have a natural gas furnace and a heat pump.)
Its an all natural gas furance, the only add-on is the Air conditioning A-coil (its just for ac no heat pump)
Last edited by mcnauge; 01-10-2010 at 06:25 AM.
it can come off below the coil.
quote - It is a natural gas furance (about 5 years old). So does that matter is the bypass is above or below the A-coil?
I doubt he'd have a heat pump and a natural gas furnace at the same time.
Perfect, thanks for the quick help.
Just curious, is the reason it has to be above the coil (if it was a heat pump) is just because of the heat needs to pass throught the humidifier?
Since mine is a gas furnace the AC coil is just used in the summer and its only important that the bypass duct doesn't get blocked by the coil?
Yes, the reason you have to take off above the coil if you have a heat pump is that you always want to send warm air to the humidifier (assuming you have a water pad system - that's the most common). Otherwise, you are just sending room temperature air over the water pad, and it won't pick up much water since room temp. air can't hold as much moisture as warmer air.
One thing you probably already know - you want to make sure that you have a shut-off damper somewhere in the duct, or in the humidifier itself - so that in summer you aren't sending cold air over the humidifier pad. Doesn't really hurt anything, but doesn't serve any good purpose either.
Mc Nauge; it don't matter where you install it as long as it is in the main air stream. This Humidifier could be installed any where on the supply plenum or any where on the return plenum. the main idea of a humidifier is to provide needed moisture in the home. As long as it is installed in the main duct stream whether it is supply or return this moistened air will be sent out thru the main supply ducts.
if installed on the supply plenum the intake air to it will be from the supplyair.
if it is installed on the return plenum then the intake to it will also be from the supply air.
Ps don't forget to hook(wire) up the humidistat for it so the moisture in the home can be controlled.
Last edited by Hube; 01-10-2010 at 11:45 AM.
Same happens frequently with stripping towers, folks neglect to preheat the stripping gas, then can't understand why they can't strip anything with it. I've seen it several times where otherwise competent engineers cobbled something together without running it past process design/simulation.
I don't have a heat pump, although I've considered doing what SteveW mentioned. With the high relative cost of electric to gas here, a two stage condensing furnace with ECM blower appears a better option.