Since 1954, Aprilaire has been producing whole home effective humidifiers for homes. Over the years they have been making it easier for consumers to operate. Humidifiers we install now feature an automatic control, which means you set it to a comfort number and it will follow a humidity level depending on the outdoor temperature.
When the air gets colder outside, you cannot put as much humidity into the air or you will have it condensing on your windows. The automatic control helps keep this in check for you. Replacement of the water pad is recommended yearly (or twice per heating season if you're on hard water like kaukauna).
|500 Series Automatic
Installed Price: $695
|600 Series Automatic
Installed Price: $795
Most importantly, proper humidity levels in both the summer and winter are important to your overall health. In the winter it is crucial to keep your humidity in a proper range. If your home gets too dry you run into problems like...
An automatic control allows you to set it to a comfort number, instead of a specific humidity level, and the control checks outdoor temperature and adjusts the humidity accordingly. On a manual control you would have to adjust the humidity setting as it got warmer and colder, the automatic control adjusts for you so you don't get moisture on the windows and doors as badly.
Automatic controls are installed on the duct work in the basement and not up by the main thermostat like older models, due to a humidity probe on the backside of the control. The control follows a chart.
Modern aprilaire humidifiers are designed to be service friendly. Depending on how hard your water is you should replace your Water Panel once or twice per season. The Water Panel is the pad that the water drips slowly over and down where the hot air evaporates it into the air. As a lot of water runs down it, it can build up with calcium and start to disolve from hard water. If you're new to a humidifier, check it mid winter and see how the Water Panel is holding up.
At the control, turn the unit all the way past the labelled numbers. You will turn it into "Test mode". You should see the green light come on. After a few seconds you will see the green light start to blink, at the same time the yellow light should stop blinking. You can now return the dial to the number you had it set at.
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