Which Humidifier When No Nearby Floor Drain?
We want to install a whole house humidifier. However, the location at our NG furnace does not have a drain nearby, though it does have access to water line. DH said installation would be easy, no problems with location/space. I am looking at Aprilaire, mainly cause it's the name I associate when I think of humidifiers. I did a search for threads here about humidifiers, and there weren't too many, but a couple did mention Honeywell. When I looked at the Aprilaire website, the Aprilaire 400 seemed to be the only model that didn't need a drain nearby, but I am wondering if it functions as well as their other models.
Here are all the stats I could think of:
Location - suburbs of Chicago. TV weatherman said last night that weather conditions (dry and single-digits) meant inside home humidity typically about 8% in January.
Size - 2-story, 1700 s.f.
Tightness - DH just insulated all the outside walls, and it's like night and day compared to how drafty it was before. It's a '50's house, so it's still not super tight.
Water hardness - just slightly hard water, not hard enough to need water softening.
Somebody told me to get the Aprilaire 700 cause it's the one with the fan, and the fan is important, though I am not sure why. But the 700 seems to need a drain nearby. The 400 doesn't have a fan, but doesn't need a drain. DH will do the installation (he is very good, he just finished our entire kitchen himself except for the granite, so I am not worried about installation). I'm in charge of purchasing, so I am looking forward to advice from you experts as to brand and model. TIA.