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PostSubject: Winter Time Static electricity    Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:56 pm

For years I have been trying to figure out a cost effective way to over come winter time low humidity issues.

I have well water that is healthy for use but its measures about 30 on the scale for its hardness. So any time I boil water or leave it sit around to evaporate it leaves heavy scale deposits. Not only is the mineral deposits hard to clean, it  also shortens the life of any filter type room humidifier.

I have often thought about installing a water softener system, but I am not a big fan of how the soft water feels for washing.

I try to keep the room humidity around the 50 mark on the old Hydrometer, 45 and below the static electricity starts to get really bad.The best example I can give for how bad it is, I compare it alone the lines of getting a shock from an ignition coil.Now having said that, imagine walking across the carpeted room and meeting your loved one half way. Then show your signs of affection with a little peck on the lips, then BAM !  :affraid:  Yeah fireworks all right, WOW !

I do have a little pot of water that sits on my wood stove to try to help with the low humidity. I also run the clothes dryer vent into the house with a lint filter on the end of the hose and that really helps. I also have a large 5 gal bucket of water siting by the stove and that helps, but not enough. When the temperatures reach 20-30F outside I will open doors and windows to air the place out with fresh air that contains humidity, that does help a little.

My next attempt  for a cost effective way to put a larger volume of humidity back in the house is this. My wood/coal burning stove is cast iron, I was going to try coiling 1/8" copper tubing around the burn chamber on the stove. Then run one end of the tubing down into the 5 gallon bucket of water and let the other end drip onto a small piece of steel bolted to the stove.

My thinking behind my idea is this, the water being heated in the small copper tubing should naturally want to flow on its own. Then by having it dripping onto a hot piece of metal bolted onto the stove, this should give off a fair amount of steam. I am thinking this process of evaporation should put a greater amount of humidly back in the room, over the kettle of water sitting on top the stove.

Does anyone have any little tips or tricks they use for their own low humidity issues? I also like to put a small amount of beach into my water, to help keep it fresh. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Winter Time Static electricity    Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:30 am

I use a stand alone humidifier with a round filter on it. It's a must when heating the house with wood. The filter is removable and washable. I have hard well water. I run it through an RO system, and use that water to keep the mineral deposits to a minimum in the humidifier. When the filter scales up, I put it in the wash tub, and wash it with Murphy's oil soap. I get two heating seasons from one $8.00 filter. The humidifier drinks about 2.5 gallons a day.

Be careful, as too much humidity in your house will collect on cold windows. The water will run down and rot your wood trim inside. I try to keep my humidity around 30% in the winter.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Time Static electricity    Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:34 am

Hello Mr. Heater, Is that stand alone a brand name or humidifier design? I agree with you on having to have something for replacing the lost humidly as a result of burning wood.

I also checked into an RO system to see if that would help with my hard water issue, it would but since my water is on the higher end of the water hardness chart. They told me an RO system replacement filters would be very expensive to keep replacing, because the minerls that are being removed from the water would plug the RO membrane more often.

Not to mention that I also read about how an RO system will remove the healthy minerals that your body needs. With tests and studies having been done on people who drink only RO water over the ones who drink filtered water. They say the RO water drinking people were showing sign of tiredness and fatigue, because of the absence of the healthy minerals in the water. Who am I to say, I would be guessing it was another multi-million dollar government funded study! :P 

I went back to look at my Hydrometer this time and not Barometer!  :lol!:  My gauge reads, 0-25 very dry, 25-50 dry, 50-75 normal, 75-100 humid and also reads, Made in the USA. Maybe the gauge is broken and I need one that says Made in China on it ? I have checked it along side other Hydrometers and its with in the ball park.
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PostSubject: Re: Winter Time Static electricity    Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:55 am

theres 2 ways i know of

either the use of plants or you use a water container under the radiator

its an old remedy for those that suffer with dry air or suffer from asthma
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