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Fan-Assist Evaporative Humidifiers

From a Valued Contractor:

There is an old saying that goes: One old friend is better then two new ones.

As an owner of a furnace company and as a general consumer, I came to realize that this saying also applies to some quality old products that have proven themselves time and time again. Usually, these products may not have the same bells and whistles as the newer models, but they are simple, reliable, affordable, they require minimum maintenance, and most importantly – they do the job well. That, in my opinion, goes for the GeneralAire® 1042 humidifier, which has been on the market for many years but is still a personal favorite.

A few years ago a new (competitive) flow-through humidifier popped up on the market and by all standards, blew the “old” humidifiers out of the water. Its sophisticated design, new technology, slick appearance and the fact that it was considerably more efficient in its water usage impressed both suppliers and consumers, regardless of a much higher price tag.

I was one of the first to check out the new product and its performance in use…perks of my business, I guess! However, almost immediately after installation the humidifier presented a number of issues: strange noises, shutting itself on and off and was getting blocked with calcium build up.

I soon found out that I was not the only one who was growing increasingly frustrated with the flow-through. Over 90% of our customers who had purchased the same one were experiencing similar issues. We replaced each and every single flow-through we’d sold with a GeneralAire® 1042 humidifier, and took the flow-through off the shelves.

Needless to say, I switched back to the ol’ trusty GeneralAire® 1042 humidifier and have been very happy with it for the last 7 years.
- WC
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