Indoor Air Quality
Humidity plays a huge part in the comfort and feel of a home. The goal throughout the summer is to reduce humidity. However, once we start heating maintaining a proper level of humidity is essential to a comfortable warm heat.
If humidity is too low we can all feel the dry air. Our eyes get dry. Our noses may bleed. We start shocking everyone we touch. In extreme situations furniture can crack, hardwood surfaces can dry out and crack as well as drywall. A home with proper humidity levels feels warmer and a lower temperature can often be used with the same comfort.
So how do we maintain humidity? There are a lot of products on the market that can help.
Some humidifiers require a constant flow of air across a pool of water the cause evaporation. We feel this is not always ideal because some systems, particularly older systems that do not run at variable speed will not run long enough for the evaporation to occur.
Another method is using what is known as a steam canister. These steam canisters use the elements that exist in your water to conduct electricity to heat and evaporate the water. Our concern with this system is if the required elements are not present the system will not work.
The Skuttle steam humidifier uses a heating element similar to what you would see on an electric stove. Being in direct contact with the element the water rapidly heats and evaporates. This is not dependent on elements in your water and actively creates steam so that it does not require constant air flow for the evaporation to occur.
Skuttle offers multiple models, the 60-1, 60-2, F60-1 and F60-2. The difference between the 60-1 and 60-2 is the square footage of house that can service and the electrical connection required. The 60-1 is a 120V 12.5amp that can service up to 3095 sq feet with 13 gallons of water a day. The 60-2 is a 240V 8.3amp that can service up to 4048 sq feet with 17 gallons of water. The difference with the F series is that they have an automatic flushing timer. We only offer the F series. The automatic flushing to reduce build up on the heating element has proved vital for low maintenance and proper performance.
To learn more or to see if the Skuttle Steam Humidifier is right for your home, give us a call!
Skuttle F60-1 and F60-2
Indoor Air Quality
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Skuttle Duct-Mounted Steam Humidifiers are the best option when stabilized humidity is desired or essential. They work well on all heating systems with air movers, and are particularly effective on furnaces that don’t operate long enough or generate enough heat for other humidifiers to work efficiently. Skuttle has been the leader in residential steam humidification for more than 20 years.
How Steam Humidifiers Work
Inside a Skuttle Steam Humidifier, a water temperature sensing device operates the furnace fan independently from your home’s heating system. Because it has its own heat source, a steam unit will effectively humidify your home regardless of the air temperature.
Standard Models 60-1 and 60-2 come equipped with manual humidistat that you can adjust to weather changes. Models F60-1 and F60-2 are identical to the standard units, except that they include a Skuttle Automatic Flushing Timer and Chlorine Removal Filter to minimize maintenance.
Skuttle Steam Humidifiers are efficient because they use comparatively little water. However, since they operate independently from your heating system, they use a significant amount of electricity. Steam Humidifiers do not produce harmful contaminants, nor do they release them into the air.
Due to Steam Humidifiers’ internal complexity and the danger of scalding, cleaning and servicing by a qualified HVAC contractor is strongly recommended. The normal service interval varies from one-to-three months (i.e., one or two cleanings during a typical humidification season, plus a thorough cleaning at the end of the season). Water hardness, weather conditions, home construction, etc., all affect cleaning frequency. Use of a Skuttle Automatic Flushing Timer can reduce maintenance significantly. The humidifier and the connecting water valve must be turned OFF at the end of each heating season.
For more information and to see the Limited One-Year Warranty, download the Model 60 Series Owner’s Manual.
Minimal Water = Uses minimal water
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