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Indoor Air Quality & Humidification Installation, Service, and “Rescue”

Installation:
For the installation of humidifiers and indoor air quality systems, please start the process by contacting Dave Sprague in our new construction department to discuss your goals.

Some things to consider:
– What is the size of the area that you would like to humidify?  Water vapor disperses throughout a home until equilibrium is reached.  This means that it is hard to humidify only one room.
– How tight is your home?  Newer homes have much less infiltration than older homes and therefore need more mechanical ventilation.  The level of infiltration will help to determine the size of the ventilation equipment.
–  How important is air flow noise?  Does ductwork  already exist in the home?  Both humidity and fresh tempered outside air are delivered via the ductwork in your home.
–  Is this a retrofit project with limited access or a new construction project before building plans have been drawn up?
–  Will there be enough airflow from the existing forced air system to properly disperse the humidity added by the humidifier?   Should the ductwork be upsized to accomodate a larger humidifier?

Service:
Please contact Colin, our service manager, for scheduling service for your humidification and indoor air system.   Once he determines the nature of the problem, he will be able to schedule a service visit with a team of two techs (one master, one apprentice).

Some things to mention about your system when you call Colin:
– How long has the system been operating since its last preventative maintenance service?
– Are there any changes to the use of the home (windows left open, different heating setpoint, etc.)
– Is the power on at the circuit breaker panel?
– Are the supply and return registers and grilles unobstructed?
– Is there any airflow from the forced air system?
– Is the filter dirty or clogged?
– Is there a puddle of water under the humidifier?
– Is the humidistat or the indoor air quality control powered “On” and calling for humidity and/or ventilation?

“Rescue” Process:
Please contact Colin and describe in what ways your humidification or indoor air quality system is chronically under-performing so that he can develop a “rescue” plan.

Some things to mention might include:
– The humidification / indoor air quality system has never worked correctly.
– There has been a change in the infiltration level of the home (upgrades to windows, doors, insulation, etc.) which will directly affect the indoor air quality settings and system operation.
– The humidification system worked well at one point but is no longer keeping the space at the desired humidity.  We see that fairly often – the controls are calling for humidity and the air is flowing out of the grilles but the humidifier itself is too clogged to effectively create water vapor.

Once Colin collects the necessary information, he will bring in Brian Nelson for consultation on the next steps.

Our goal is to be Martha’s Vineyard’s premier plumbing and HVAC shop – we appreciate the opportunity to service and install your indoor air quality system!