Humidifiers

How to Maintain and Clean Your Humidifier

March 23, 2016 • By

How to Maintain and Clean Your Humidifier

Whether you’ve been using a humidifier for a few days or for years, knowing how to maintain and clean it is just as important as the health benefits that come along with it. Because a humidifier is water-based, it is prone to start growing mildew and mold if it is not cleaned or maintained. That means you’ll probably start breathing in disgusting air filled with mildew and mold which could end up being detrimental to your health and have you end up in the hospital with “humidifier lung”. This completely defeats the entire purpose of even having a humidifier in the first place.

By maintaining and cleaning your humidifier, you’ll not only get rid of all gunk but you’ll also reap the following benefits which include:

  • Relieving colds, coughs, and the flu
  • Preventing allergy, sinusitis, nose bleeding, and hay fever symptoms
  • Relieving and preventing dry, scratchy skin, and lips
  • Reducing static electricity
  • Preserving your voice
  • Improving the air quality at your home
  • Reducing asthma attacks
  • Helping babies sleep peacefully
  • Reducing snoring
  • Preventing breakout
  • Moisturizing your skin
  • Preserving indoor plants

Cleaning

Cleaning Manual

Every humidifier should come with an instruction manual that includes instructions on cleaning the appliance. It is advisable to always refer to the cleaning instructions for any appliance before attempting to do it yourself. If your humidifier is still under warranty, then it is very important to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Daily Cleaning

Choose a specific time during the day – after work, before you go to bed or in the morning after breakfast – and clean your humidifier. A daily cleaning will keep all the mineral deposits (or gunk) from building up in the appliance and will also prevent the minerals from being spread in the air. A daily cleaning is fairly simple to do – just empty and refill the humidifier with clean distilled water every single day.

Weekly Cleaning

You need to do a proper cleaning and disinfect your humidifier at least once a week. To do so you need to follow two different processes. The first is cleaning your dehumidifier. Here is a step by step breakdown on how to do so:

  • Unplug your humidifier.
  • Remove the filter and rinse with cool water underneath the faucet. Do not use any kind of cleaning product on your humidifier’s filters as chemicals can cause permanent damage.
  • Allow to drip dry on a clean towel.
  • Remove the water tank.
  • Pour equal parts vinegar and warm water into an empty spray bottle.
  • Let the solution set for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Then using an old toothbrush, cloth or sponge to scrub off any leftover mineral content. Remove any residue or build-up by gently scrubbing with the soft bristle brush or toothbrush.
  • Repeat the scrubbing process a second time on areas that need it.
  • Pour straight vinegar into the base of the humidifier and let it set for 45 minutes to an hour. Using the same cleaning tool as before, scrub the base to remove any foreign materials.
  • Rinse thoroughly, and wait to dry.

Now that the cleaning part is done, you can move onto step two which is disinfecting your humidifier. Here is how you do so:

  • Fill the water tank with clean water and add one teaspoon of bleach to every gallon of water. Alternatively, you can use 3% hydrogen peroxide instead.
  • Gently swish the solution to cover the tank evenly and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroughly.

Once you’ve both cleaned and disinfected your humidifier, you can put it back together, fill the tank with cool water and resume regular use.

What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your Humidifier?

If you do not clean your humidifier regularly or don’t clean it properly, you can cause this incredible appliance to become a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and germs.  Dirty humidifiers can be particularly problematic for people with asthma and allergies as well as cause lung-infections and flu-like symptoms in healthy people that do not suffer from respiratory problems.

If you’ve bought your humidifier to improve your health then don’t slack off on keeping it clean. A bacteria-filled humidifier will leave you no better off, but extremely sick. It is truly worth the time you have available to just clean your humidifier.

Maintenance
All humidifiers, regardless of their type, carry a risk of bacteria and mold growth. This may be the result of two things:

  • Failing to clean the humidifier components and not change the water regularly.
  • Filling the humidifier with mineral-rich tap water. When bacteria and mold grow inside a humidifier, traces of them can be released into the air you breathe. Additionally, the high mineral content of tap water can cause a dirty film (the gunk) to build up inside the water reservoir.

What Happens If You Don’t Maintain Your Humidifier?

Here are a few of the serious health issues that can occur when you don’t maintain your humidifier:

  • If you have allergies or an existing asthma condition, regularly inhalation of the high mineral content of tap water can aggravate your symptoms or cause a full-on attack.
  • A more serious side effect is an illness called humidifier lung – also known as humidifier fever or, by its medical name, hypersensitivity pneumonitis. This lung condition develops when you inhale vapors contaminated with certain strains of bacteria. Temporary symptoms of humidifier lung include cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, body aches, lung inflammation and general malaise. These symptoms will typically subside when the cause is corrected. However, if you continue to breathe contaminated air day after day, you may develop chronic symptoms such as weight loss, loss of appetite, respiratory infections, lung scarring and lung disease.

Tips for Avoiding Bacteria and Mold Growth

To help prevent this horrific illness, study up on how to properly maintain your humidifier and follow these easy maintenance tips:

  • As mentioned above, it is very important to change your humidifier water daily. Stagnant water is a desirable breeding ground for mold spores and bacteria. Simply empty and wipe down your humidifier’s water tank every day and constantly refill it with clean fresh water.
  • Use distilled or demineralized water to fill your humidifier as this type of water has less mineral content than normal tap water. When used, these water types make your humidifier less likely to expel white mineral dust into your indoor air  and make it less likely for that dust to invade your lungs.
  • Clean your humidifier thoroughly every few days or at least once a week. Use a soft-bristled brush (or a toothbrush) and vinegar (or bleach) when cleaning the inside of your humidifier’s water tank. Wipe down the exterior with a clean, damp cloth. Wait for all components to dry completely before filling with fresh water and turning on.

Bleach or Vinegar as a Cleaning Agent

Some cleaning manuals from the manufacturer will advise that you use bleach instead of vinegar which is perfectly OK. Both vinegar and bleach do the same job but vinegar is  healthier. If you have allergies, not using bleach but rather a natural cleaner like vinegar can be better for your health. This applies to asthma suffered too as well as those who have multiple chemical sensitivities. Harsh chemical cleaners can often leave odors and residues that may irritate symptoms.

Using natural white vinegar is an excellent alternative option for bleach and doubles as a disinfectant and deodorizer to eliminate mineral buildup and disinfect surfaces.

Tips

  • If your filter is not made of plastic or cannot withstand chemicals, skip the vinegar and bleach soakings during the cleaning process. Simply rinse and soak the filter in clean water to clean it.
  • Check your owner’s manual for cleaning guidelines. If it differs from the instructions here, follow those provided by the manufacturer.
  • To avoid lime build up in the future and keep away bacteria, fill the humidifier with distilled or demineralized water. Regular tap water contains minerals that leave a build-up which can feed bacteria growth.
  • Many filters are designed to be tossed and replaced. If yours is old and rugged, do yourself a favor and replace it.
  • To sanitize the inside of your humidifier, wipe it down with hydrogen peroxide (3%). Allow it to air dry completely before use. Even though this is a chemical, it is very mild – perfect for cleaning your humidifier.

Avoiding a Future Mold Problem

Now that your humidifier is clean, try to use distilled water if possible instead of tap water. Distilled water has a lower mineral content. Because you bought the humidifier to remain as healthy as possible, you should know how to quickly check the humidity level in your home. If you see condensation on your windows, the humidity level in your house is most likely too high and a great place for mold and bacteria to grow.

Cleaning your humidifier is not only about cleaning it but also about your health. If you don’t want to have serious health problems in the future then get into the habit of doing a daily cleaning of your humidifier and a weekly cleaning and disinfection while still maintaining your appliance.


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Should You Buy a Warm Mist or Cool Mist Humidifier?

March 23, 2016 • By

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When the winter months hit, we are all often left feeling chilly and turning up the temperature. Yes, this helps to keep us warm, but it also completely dries up the air in our homes – leaving us with dry skin, chapped lips, a sore throat or congested sinuses. To relieve this problem, just run a humidifier in your home to add much needed moisture back into the air.

When purchasing a humidifier, you’ll be presented with two different types of this appliance — warm mist and cool mist. The easiest way to choose which one is best for you is to decide on what type of air is easiest for you to breathe in.

Even though both are humidifiers, both types have their own way of operating, own set of benefits and who they are best for. To make a more informed choice when purchasing your humidifier, here is a breakdown of both cold and warm humidifiers; how they work and the pros and cons each of them have:

Warm Mist Humidifier

The best way to know whether a warm mist humidifier is for you is to be thinking about how you breathe in a sauna or steam room. If you feel claustrophobic and struggle to breathe, you should avoid this type of humidifier. But if you inhale well in these steamy conditions, then a warm mist is the best option for you.

How It Works?

As the name suggests, this appliance releases warm mists. The warm mist humidifier does this by heating up the water inside of it and releasing a warm mist or hot steam into the air. The water is heated up by an internal heating element that boils the water – turning it into steam. The humidifier then releases an invisible warm mist into the air.

Pros

  • If you live in a cold climate, using a warm mist humidifier will help make the room feel warmer than it actually is.
  • Because of a warm mist humidifier boils that water that is released into the air, it is considered healthier than a cold mist humidifier. The boiling process kills waterborne bacteria and mold and prevents them from being released into the air. Therefore, you’ll only be breathing in a pure, clean mineral free moisture output.
  • Another benefit of this type of humidifier is that it doesn’t have an internal fan – making it extremely quiet compared to cool mist humidifiers.
  • Unlike the cool mist humidifier, this humidifier has no wick filter so there is no need to replace it.
  • Some warm mist humidifiers even have a medicine cup in the appliance that disperses a soothing vapor through the room. This is especially helpful for newborn babies with asthma or congestion symptoms.

Cons

  • Adding warm, moist air into a room can encourage the growth of mold which is why people that suffer from allergies would be better off using a cool mist humidifier.
  • Warm mist humidifiers are a little more difficult to clean too since mineral deposits are often left behind during the boiling process.
  • Because there is a heating element in the humidifier, it has a higher power consumption than other humidifiers.
  • The heating element and warm water that it produces may also cause a risk with small children or pets who accidentally tip it over or get to close to the dispersing area.
  • Unfortunately, a warm mist humidifier can only be used for small rooms; otherwise, it becomes ineffective.

Best For

Warm mist humidifiers are not as well-suited for large areas. They are best used in smaller areas like bedrooms and offices. However, many people have found these humidifiers to be more comfortable for use during cold winter months.

Safety

Safety is a huge issue when it comes to using a warm mist humidifier as it uses heating elements to raise the temperature of the water in the tank. The water in the tank reaches boiling point and poses a potential danger to children and pets. Warm mist humidifiers aren’t advised for homes with children as they present very real and potential burn risks.

Cold Mist Humidifier

Allergy or asthma sufferers will have an easier time breathing with a cool mist humidifier. By extracting any impurities from the air, these humidifiers will allow you breathe in the cleanest air possible.

How It Works?

Untreated dry air enters the system around the side and back of the humidifier. The dry air passes through the saturated wick filter that sits in the base of the humidifier and absorbs water. A fan then blows dry room air through the saturated wick filter causing the water in the filter to evaporate into the room. This, in turn, adds moisture into the air.  The wick filter also traps any impurities that may be in the water – ensuring that the moisturized air is completely pure, clean and free of any minerals or impurities.

Pros

  • Because the water is not heated before it is dispersed, these humidifiers typically use less electricity and are more cost efficient.
  • Cool mist humidifiers are also the better option if you have young children and pets in your home as they do not use boiling water.
  • The wick filter also ensures a pure and clean mineral-free moisture output.
  • Cool mist humidifiers are the best option for adding moisture to large areas or even entire houses as the fans can be powerful enough to cover large areas with a single humidifier.
  • It also brings down the overall temperature of the room – making you feel cooler during the warm summer months.

Cons

  • Cool mist humidifiers tend to make more noise than warm mist units. Since these devices use fans to blanket your room with moisture, they can be slightly noisier than warm mist humidifiers.
  • Even though during the summer months a cool mist humidifier can be refreshing as it lowers the temperature of a room, in the winter months it can cause the air to be slightly chillier.
  • The wick filter inside the cool mist humidifier needs to constantly be replaced as bacteria and mold can grow on it. Most wick filters should be replaced approximately every 2 months although some models have cleanable, reusable filters.

Best For:

Many parents opt for cool mist humidifiers to avoid hot water accidents in children’s nurseries, bedrooms or other living spaces. If you have children or mischievous pets, this type of humidifier might be the best option as the vapor won’t burn the skin when touched. Cool mist humidifiers are also ideal to add moisture into larger spaces as the fans help the air to move.

Things to Remember When Running a Humidifier:

Keep Your Humidifier Clean

No matter which model of humidifier you are using, it is extremely important to keep your humidifier clean.

In cool mist humidifiers, this means replacing the wick filter and ensuring you clean the water tanks with vinegar. Warm mist humidifiers have a higher chance of mineral deposits left behind in the humidifier, but these can also be simply removed by using vinegar. Make sure to also read your user manual and follow its specific maintenance and cleaning instructions, especially if your humidifier is still under warranty.

Use a Hygrometer

When running a humidifier, you’ll also want to use a hygrometer. This simple device measures how much humidity is in the air. Make sure that your humidity level does not go above 50 percent since that will encourage the growth of mold spores, bacteria and dust mites. A humidity of 35 to 45 percent is optimal.


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Top 10 Cold Mist Humidifiers

March 7, 2016 • By

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When purchasing a humidifier, you will initially have the choice of two different types: cold mist or warm mist. There are various advantages to both, and some humidifiers even offer both types in one model.

A cold mist humidifier, as you may have guessed from the name, emits a cold mist rather than a warm mist. It works in a different way to a warm mist humidifier because it does not heat up the water to produce steam, but rather works with a fan and wicker system. Air from your room that is dry will enter the humidifier and, thanks to a fan, will pass through a wick filter. The air absorbs water from the wick and is then pushed out into the room. This adds moisture to the air in the room, balancing the humidity levels to a healthier, more comfortable level. The wick also has the effect of trapping any impurities in the air such as minerals, meaning the air that is emitted is pure.

Some humidifiers on this list, however, are ultrasonic humidifiers. This type of humidifier has a different type of technology that helps it run. Instead of the fan and wick, a small plate vibrates at an ultrasonic speed. The power of this plate breaks up the water in the filter into vapor, which is then pushed out into the room. Ultrasonic humidifiers often come with more functionality and sometimes have both warm list and cold mist functionality.

Getting a humidifier for your home is a great idea if you suffer from allergies, have chapped lips, dry skin or suffer from nosebleeds. In fact, everyone can benefit from a humidifier in their home because balancing the level of moisture in the air is essential for a healthy home. Particularly in winter, moisture levels in the air can drop to below the recommended amount and leave people feeling uncomfortable in their home and not knowing why. A humidifier can help fix this.

In comparison to warm mist humidifiers, cold mist humidifiers are generally cheaper. This is because the water is not heated before it is dispersed and therefore will use less energy and do not need so much technology to run. These humidifiers are also a smarter option if you have children in your home, because the boiling water used in warm mist humidifiers can be hazardous if children touch the unit, or the unit is knocked over.

Cold mist humidifiers are also a smart option if you want to use a humidifier all year round; since in the summer months the cool air will bring the temperature down. While we haven’t considered this type of humidifier here, cold mist humidifiers are also the best option if you’re looking to install one for the whole house.

So, without further ado, which cold mist humidifier is the one for you? We take a look at our top 10.

The PowerPure 5000 is one of the best ultrasonic humidifiers on the market. Put simply, it should be at the top of your list for research when you’re looking to buy an ultrasonic humidifier.

The PowerPure 5000, with its sleek, beautiful design, is a welcome addition to any room. It’s an ultrasonic humidifier, which means it runs using the power of a small plate that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency. This technology uses less energy than other kinds of humidifiers, which can help lower the bills. It also means the humidifier can work on both warm mist and cold mist settings, which gives you a handy option when you’re deciding between the two.

The PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier can fill large rooms comfortably (up to 700 square feet) without making much noise at all. It features a remote control that gives you the ability to adjust it to your desired humidity levels in the room, while the LCD display screen lets you know the relative humidity levels and temperature. This information is vital if you want to get the best level of humidity in your home.

The PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier boasts a permanent ceramic filter that cleans the water in your tank, which means you will not need to buy new parts so frequently and it is less likely to emit air that is contaminated. For your safety there is an auto shut off feature, so when water levels are low the humidifier will turn off.

This is a powerful humidifier that will do the job in almost any home. It is one of the best on the market, and considering the range of features and how reliable it is, it is also great value for money.

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  1. Air O Swiss 7147 Ultrasonic Humidifier

This is an ultrasonic humidifier, and is advertized as being “whisper quiet”. There is no doubting that this is a quiet humidifier. Sure, there is a gentle hum and the occasional bubbling sound, but it is pretty much as quiet as you would expect. This humidifier comes with a useful automatic setting that decides upon the target level of humidity needed in the room and adjusts the output level accordingly.

The humidifier can be effective in a room of up to 600 square feet. There is a timer that can be set in advance for 1 to 8 hours old to run continuously, and it also comes with an auto shut off feature that means it will sleep when the unit runs out of water. This is essential for a long-lasting humidifier since there can be problems involved when a humidifier tries to run on an empty tank.

This humidifier is designed to be three feet away from the ground and away from any heating vents (so the mist is not interrupted or diffused unevenly). This means that it’ll be on show in your home quite prominently, so it’s a good job the unit is an attractive one. Many humidifiers forego looks in exchange for cheapness or basic functionality, but the 7147 does no such thing, managing to look good and work great at the same time.

The main drawback of this humidifier is the cost. Not only is the initial outlay a little more, but you’ll have to replace parts semi-regularly. If you are looking for a quiet model and don’t mind spending a little extra, this could be the humidifier for you. The best part of it is how quietly it runs and how great it will look in your home.

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  1. Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier

The Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier provides sweet relief for the effects of dry air conditions. It is designed for large living spaces, and can service an area of up to 1,900 square feet. This makes it perfect for areas such as the lounge, dining room or larger bedrooms.

With such incredible range, it may shock you to find out that prices for the Honeywell humidifier start around $90. This is cheaper than some of the other models on this list with similar sophistication, so if you’re looking for a reliable model with a whole host of  features. The Honeywell Cool Moisture Console Humidifier boasts highly evolved technology called Air Washing Technology, which captures dust, dirt and pollen particles in its filter. You will also get a Protec Continuous Cleaning cartridge, which gives you the bonus of running the humidifier for a longer period of time while it refreshes the air around you.

The Protec Antimicrobial filter helps eliminate the hazard of mold or bacteria building up and being pushed around the room. The great thing is that the filter only needs to be replaced about three times during the winter, and costs just $20 each time.

One of the best features of this humidifier is its large 1.7 gallon dual tank. This can last up to 24 hours. All this power and capacity, and it’s still very quiet and low on energy consumption.

If you’re looking for a small unit you can move around the house this won’t be for you, but for those looking for a humidifier for a large room, it’s one of the best out there.

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  1. ReMEDies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The ReMEDies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is one of the better humidifiers in its price range. The humidifier performs three different functions which set it apart from its competitors. Not only does it humidify the air in your home or office, but it also has a seven color-changing nightlight, and the option of using it with soothing essential oils. If the humidifier is being used to help soothe your flu or cold symptoms, things such as Vicks oils are perfectly compatible with it.

The ReMEDies humidifier has a number of pressure settings available on the easy-to-turn dial which is found in the front of the humidifier. This is extremely useful when getting the right amount of humidity as many humidifiers just have to settings.

This is a compact unit, and would look great on your office desk or anywhere in your home. The ReMEDies Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is excellent value for money with its three-in-one functionality.

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  1. Honeywell’s Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier

Honeywell’s Germ Free Cool Moisture Humidifier is perfect for those with health problems – or those looking to avoid health issues. It kills or renders ineffective up to 99.9% of bacteria, mold and various other harmful allergens.

As well as being great for helping to prevent snoring, this humidifier is extremely quiet, meaning you can use it and get a fantastic night’s sleep. The appliance comes installed with an Air Washing Filter and an Antimicrobial Treated Filter which means you don’t need to buy new filters.

The humidifier has a built-in antimicrobial treated filter which improves quality of the air that it puts out, and the automatic moisture balance system is great for maintaining the temperature of the room. This humidifier can be used in medium-sized room thanks to its range and, because it is a germ-free humidifier, it is the perfect gift for anyone sensitive to germs or allergens.

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  1. TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier has been making huge waves in the humidifier industry. For people that use their humidifier frequently and want a sophisticated set up without spending lots, this could be the humidifier for you.

The TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier offers a whole host of features. It has a microporous cartridge that filters the water in a way that is much more effective than normal filters. Normal filters unfortunately fail to remove micro-organisms, calcium and magnesium ions, which this one does. The tank is 1 gallon, so it will last up to 15 hours before needing to be refilled.

One of the best features about the TaoTronics Humidifier is that it is lightweight, and can be easily moved. It is compact and has a pleasant design that allows for it to be placed on a bedside table or a desk. The TaoTronics Humidifier also doubles as a nightlight for children.

With this humidifier you can control the pressure setting on the unit and also the level of humidity that you want to release the mist at. This helps as humidity levels tend to change quite drastically according to the seasons.

This is far from the cheapest model on the list, but it’s definitely one of the easiest and most rewarding to use.

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  1. InnoGear® 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil

If you’re a smoker or own pets this humidifier could be the one for you. The InnoGear® 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil masks many odors. Compact in size, this humidifier will fit well into any room, and the beautiful white color will look neat in your office or home.

With seven changing mood lights including green, blue, yellow, and red, you can easily set the mood with dim and bright modes. You can also make use of the night light which makes it great for children’s rooms. Perfect for small to medium sized rooms like a bedroom, bathroom or lounge, the InnoGear® Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser keeps a room’s air moist, and fragrant.

The InnoGear® 100ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier works for three hours continuously, which isn’t the longest amount of time, but fortunately once it runs out of water it automatically shuts down. With this safety feature, you are able to leave the humidifier on overnight without worrying about it.

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  1. Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

The Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is available in an array of stylish colors, and has a number of useful settings. Suitable for rooms up to 250 square feet in size, this compact unit is energy-efficient thanks to its ultrasonic technology. With additional health benefits, including relief for cough and cold, and nasal congestion, you will be thankful to this humidifier for improving the conditions in your home.

This humidifier can run up to 24 hours, and has an output of 2.3 gallons of moisture. The 360-degree nozzle lets you direct the cool mist wherever you want it to go. This humidifier is also energy-efficient, using less power than a standard light bulb to run. That makes it a relatively powerful unit that is useful in a small to medium sized room. It’s particularly useful

As mentioned above the Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier has many benefits including health benefits such as preventing colds and flu, nosebleeds and dry skin. The moisture that humidifier adds to dry air helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating. These include static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture. The stylish humidifier is also super quiet which makes for a good night’s sleep, and is easy to use. It also includes a built-in auto-shut-off feature that engages when the water tank is empty to ensure safety. The whisper-quiet operation helps provide for a good night sleep for everyone.

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  1. PureGuardian® H4610 120-Hour Ultrasonic Humidifiers  

The PureGuardian Ultrasonic Humidifier is, quite simply, one of the best humidifiers on the market. The reason it’s not higher up on this list is simply that it costs a little more than most, but for those looking for a real bang for their buck, this could be the one.

This humidifier is very powerful, lasts a long time. It can convert almost a gallon and a half of water in the space of 24 hours. This is great in fairly large rooms, and in small rooms all you need to do is turn the fan speed down. If the speed is turned down, you will be able to run this humidifier for several days without having to change the tank. If you don’t want to be changing the tank every day, this feature is extremely useful.

One slightdrawback of this humidifier is the fact that it does not come with a built-in demineralization filter. Given time, if you do not clean your humidifier properly, it will be vulnerable to building up mineral inside. For this reason it is recommended to purchase a demineralization filter for the unit, which is not costly and will help your machine last longer. As with all humidifiers, you should try to use purified water, too, as this helps the air that is emitted and will mean your humidifier lasts longer.

The PureGuardian H4610 has a sleek design and is useful in medium to large rooms. The drawbacks of the humidifier, i.e. that there is no humidistat and it does not come with a filter, are a little unusual considering the price of the humidifier. It is, however, a powerful unit that will satisfy anyone looking for a better balance of humidity in the air of their home.

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  1. PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier

The PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier has a low price tag, and that is a major part of its appeal. While some of the units on this list offer a range of functionality for a big price tag, this model is simple, effective, and cheap.

One great thing about the PuraSense Ultrasonic Hulmidifier is that it comes with an oil tray, which is not something that comes with every humidifier, particularly in the price range, and so it is a nice added bonus. This means that you can put your chosen essential oil into the sponge in a little tray, and the air that is emitted from the humidifier will subsequently be scented. Another feature of this humidifier is that it has a seven color changing light, which can be used as a bedside light in your bedroom.

While it may not have the range of options you’ll find elsewhere, if you’re looking for a humidifier to put in your office or a small room of your home and you don’t want to part ways with a great deal of cash, this is easily one of the most reliable choices on the market.

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Top 5 Humidifiers for your home

March 3, 2016 • By

Our Top 5 Humidifiers For Your Home

Buying a whole-house humidifier is a big investment. Unlike portable humidifiers, these humidifiers are installed into your home and therefore require time, effort, and a little more money to set up and run.

You should consider purchasing a whole-house humidifier if you want your entire house to benefit from a balanced, healthy level of humidity in the air. With an imbalance of humidity, specifically dry air, people report suffering from many ailments. Particularly in winter, the dry air can lead to chapped lips, dry skin, sinus infections, allergies and much more. Moreover, with a good level of humidity in the air, you are less susceptible to illness, will recover quicker from fevers, will stop snoring and will even save on energy bills since you will feel warmer in your home.

People are often caught up deciding between  a whole-house humidifier and a portable humidifier. If humidity levels around your home are constantly low, you should consider getting a whole house humidifier rather than just a portable one. With a portable humidifier, you may fix the problem in one area of the house, but the issues will continue elsewhere. Statistics state that we spend on average 60% of our indoor time inside our house, and so a healthy home is essential!

#1 Aprilaire Model 600 Humidifier

If you’re looking for a great performing bypass humidifier, look no further than the Aprilaire Model 600 Humidifier, which is one of the best on the market today. This 24V whole house humidifier comes with automatic control. A water panel evaporator is used that delivers 3 gallons of water an hour. The humidifier can reach up to 4,000 square feet, making it an excellent option for any mid to large sized home.

The Aprilaire Model 600 features a built-in bypass damper, which means that there are fewer parts to install. You will still, however, need to consult an expert for installation should you wish to be eligible for the 5 year warranty offered by Aprilaire Model.

Thanks to its impressive performance, the Aprilaire Model 600 Humidifier delivers up to 50% more moisture than its competitors, making it a real favorite among its customers. In fact, it has one of the highest evaporation rates in the industry at .70 gallons per hour.

Living with the Aprilaire Model 600 is easy, since maintenance is not difficult at all. The unit features a small light that will indicate to you when exactly to change the humidifier filter. It is recommended to change the water panel at least once a year.

If you choose the Aprilaire Model 600 for your home, you’re unlikely to be disappointed with its excellent performance. Suffering from all the symptoms that are brought on by dry air can be frustrating, and a whole house humidifier like the Aprilaire Model 600 can help you to eliminate that discomfort, reducing nose bleeds, scratchy throats and much more.

The Aprilaire Model 600 is slightly more expensive than some of the other units on this list, but considering the performance it is certainly worth the extra money.

2. Essick Air® AIRCARE EP9 800 Digital Pedestal-Style Evaporative Humidifier

Essick Air® has been manufacturing humidifiers for 95 years. The designer series of Essick®humidifiers has a digital display on the control panel on the front above where the water is filled with its pour-in drop-down opening. The espresso color will go with any décor. The digital humidistat lets you sustain the humidity level of your choosing with accuracy with the actual humidity or your preferred level of humidity. The humidifier shuts off automatically when your desired humidity is reached or when the water reservoir is empty. The reservoir has a 3.5-gallon capacity and will run for 60 hours. The AIRCARE®/Essex 1043 SuperWick replacement is available at Amazon.

This pedestal-style unit humidifies 2500- to 2800-square feet with its variable 9-speed motor. The automatic shut off allows you to set it and then forget about it. The SuperWick is included and 4 casters are included to put on or leave off. The unit plugs into a standard USA 110/120-Volt outlet, and is UL listed.

The dimensions are 17.6” W x 27.5” H x 17.6” D and it weighs 23 pounds. It comes with instructions and a User’s Manual.

The Warranty is 2 years from date of sale on the unit, and 30 days on wicks and filters, which are considered disposable. Proof of purchase must be provided.

#3 Aprilaire Model Model 400 Humidifier

Coming in just behind the 600 model is the 400 model. The Aprilaire Model 400 is a thoroughly modern humidifier that maximizes the amount of humidity control in the air while using as little water as possible. It is great for households that are in areas where standing water can be a problem as it boasts a drain-free operation system. This also means if you are conscientious about wasting water you will find this to be an eco-friendly option.

The Aprilaire Model Model 400 Humidifier is an evaporative humidifier, meaning that water is drained into the unit’s reservoir. After this process the wick inside the humidifier draws the water back to the top as tiny droplets which are then pushed into the air. This ensures your humidifier will not be wasting any water, making the Aprilaire Model Model 400 one of the most efficient on the market in terms of water wastage.

On top of this, the Aprilaire Model Model 400 is a Whole House Humidifier which means that it can keep your whole house feeling comfortable and with the correct levels of humidity. You will never have to worry about the discomfort caused by dry air again with the Aprilaire Model Whole House Humidifier in your house, and can look forward to all the benefits that come with a humidifier: relief from cough symptoms, help with allergies; longer-lasting furniture and much more.

Like all Aprilaire Model units, the Aprilaire Model 400 is designed so that mold will not build up in your home. The units come with an outdoor temperature sensor that allows the Aprilaire Model 400 to respond to outdoor conditions. This allows the humidifier to keep a relative humidity level in your home that falls below the amount that is shown to promote the growth of mold. Furthermore, the humidifier will not grow mold inside the unit itself since Aprilaire Model humidifiers are designed specifically to avoid the growth of microbial.

Considering all the benefits that come with the Aprilaire Model 400 and the fact that it will supply humidity for your entire home, the relatively low cost of the humidifier (roughly between $150 – $200) makes it a very popular choice among customers. If you live in areas where standing water needs to be avoided, or you are passionate about water conservation, the Aprilaire Model 400 will certainly be the choice for you.

#4 Aprilaire Model 700 Humidifier

In at number 3 is the 700 model. This large capacity unit is one of the best performing, highest capacity humidifiers sold on the market today. It will help bring a balance of humidity into even the largest of homes, making you comfortable, warm and healthy.

The Aprilaire Model 700 Humidifier has an evaporation capacity of 0.75 gallons per hour. This whopping capacity is one of the most impressive on the market and works in homes that are up to 4,200 square foot in size. The unit mounts directly to the duct of your heating and cooling system. This means the humidity is placed directly into the airflow of your house and distributed throughout your home.

This humidifier is almost completely automatic, and even hooks up to the water line. This means you don’t need to worry about filling it up throughout the day, you just sit back and enjoy the benefits that a humidifier can bring to your home.

 

Using an Aprilaire Model No 35 Water Panel is recommended with the Aprilaire Model 700. This water panel was designed for use with the 700 humidifier and will provide you with the most comfortable output for your humidifier.

If you have a large home and are looking for one of the best humidifiers on the market to make it even more comfortable, the Aprilaire Model 700 humidifier would be an excellent purchase, and comes highly recommended.

5. Honeywell® HE120A Drum Humidifier

The Honeywell® HE120A is a gray color and is a drum humidifier with easy installation with the included kit. The unit includes a humidistat for knowing and controlling your relative humidity. Humidity will cover up to 2000-square feet. The remarkable and reliable Honeywell® whole-house humidifier works in conjunction with your furnace to sustain a proper, comfortable humidity level throughout your house. It will not rust, warp, or corrode being made of a heavy-duty durable thermoplastic. A drain is not required states Honeywell®, but that is dependent on each situation. The reversible components and snap-lock fittings make it a breeze to install. The 120-Volt power cord is provided.

The electric rating is 24-Volt, 0.125-Amps. The plenum duct opening is 8.5” W x 6.625” H and the by-pass duct opening is 6-inches. The replacement pads, HC12A1015, are available at Amazon.

The dimensions are 10.94” W x 12.75” H x 9.125” D and it weighs11.8 pounds. It comes with instructions and a User’s Manual with a 1-year Warranty.


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What is a cold mist humidifier?

February 29, 2016 • By

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What is a cold mist humidifier?

When choosing a humidifier for your home or office, you will need to choose between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier. The warm mist humidifier, as you may have guessed, boils water and pushes a warm, humid steam around the room. A cold mist humidifier, on the other hand, pushes out a cool mist.

Humidifiers can be a vital addition to a home as dry air can cause many problems. Dry air is particularly prevelant during winter, when the normal nasty effects of the cold can be made even worse by the dryness of the air.

Without humidity in the air, people can suffer from a variety of ailments. This includes nosebleeds, chapped lips, dry throats, infected sinuses, dry skin and much more. The correct level of humidity can ease these symptoms and give you relief from allergies, asthma and much more. Even better, furniture and wood is known to last longer in humid conditions, and your bills are likely to come down as humid air feels warmer, meaning you will use your heating less.

Humidifiers extract air from the room and add moisture to it via a system that will depend on which type of humidifier you buy. A cold mist humidifier uses wick filter system. Once the air has been treated and reaches the right level of humidity required by the user, it is pushed back out into the room. More sophisticated models will adjust themselves to the right level of relative humidity, while others will need you to set them.

Cold mist humidifiers are generally cheaper, easier to run and come with less safety issues than warm mist humidifiers. They are great if you suffer from allergies or asthma, and for anyone looking for a quick, easy fix to dry air in their home. Because of the ease of the technology involved, they are also suited to larger areas which warm mist humidifiers are not.

How does a cold mist humidifier work?

Air that is dry and untreated will enter the unit at the back. This dry air then passes through a wick filter that is saturated. This wick filter is located at the base of the humidifier, and absorbs water from the tank. A fan blows the dry air from the room through the saturated wick filter, and the moisture on the filter is subsequently absorbed into the air where it then gets pushed around the room and effectively balances the level of moisture in the room.

The wick filter also collects the impurities that are found in the water. This means that the moisturized air is made pure, and free of any minerals or impurities that it may have. Even with this in mind, it is still a good idea to use purified or distilled water when using a humidifier, since it will lead to you having to clean it less and ensure that the air that is promoted through your home will be the best possible.

What are the advantages of a cold mist humidifier?

Primarily, cold mist humidifiers use less electricity and are more cost efficient than warm mist humidifiers. This is because warm mist humidifiers heat the water in the tank before it is dispersed.

Safety can also be an issue with warm mist humidifiers since the boiling water can be a hazard to children and pets. If a child or pet comes into contact with a warm mist humidifier while it is on, they would easily burn themselves. For this reason a cold mist humidifier is a much better option should the safety of children or pets be a concern.

If you live in an area where temperatures fluctuate wildly with extremely warm, dry summers and cold, dry winters, a cold mist humidifier is a good option as during summer the air will be cooled. Of course, the cool mist will not help during the winter months in the same way as a warm mist humidifier, but the humid air will still feel warmer than dry air.

Cold mist humidifiers are also far more suited than warm mist humidifiers to large spaces. The fans inside the cold mist humidifiers can be powerful enough to add moisture to whole houses, offices, stores, galleries or anywhere you might require humidified air.

Why might a cold mist humidifier not be for me?

If noise levels are a problem for you, you might wish to reconsider buying a cold mist humidifier, or at the very least be sure to check that the humidifier you choose runs quietly. Because cold mist humidifiers use fans, they can be slightly noisier than warm mist humidifiers which merely rely on the heating of the water in the tank.

As mentioned, cold mist humidifiers do not come with the benefit of warming up the air in the same way that warm mist humidifiers do, so if you are looking for a unit that will ease up the cold during winter, you may wish to steer in the direction of warm mist humidifiers.

Maintaining a cold mist humidifier can also be an arduous task. The wick filter inside of the cool mist humidifier will need replaced regularly since the bacteria and minerals that are caught by the filter will eventually promote the growth of mold. You should look to replace your wick filter every 2 months, although you should consult the instructions of your humidifier to find out if this is sufficient as some will require more care.

Buying a cold mist humidifier

Cold mist humidifiers are a great option if you are looking for relief for allergies and asthma. Parents swear by cold mist humidifiers since they can avoid the accidents that can be caused by warm mist humidifiers. Therefore a cold mist humidifier is recommended if you are looking for a humidifier to place in a nursery or a child’s bedroom.

Similarly, if you are looking for a humidifier to fill a large space you will almost certainly want to buy a cold mist humidifier. The fans inside cold mist humidifiers can be quite powerful, and therefore cold mist humidifiers are used in larger spaces such as galleries and stores, as well as large homes.

Cold mist humidifiers can also be very cheap on the market, and so if you are unsure you want to invest a great deal of money into buying a humidifier you will be able to find an uncomplicated, value for money cold mist humidifier for your home.

If you are settled on a cold mist humidifier and want to see which one could be the one for you, be sure to head on over to our selection of the Top 10 Cold Mist Humidifiers on the market today.


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What is a warm mist humidifier?

February 29, 2016 • By

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A warm mist humidifier is one of the different types of humidifiers on the market. Humidifiers are used to balance out the level of moisture in the air and raise the levels of humidity in a room or home to a comfortable, healthy level.

Humidifiers work by extracting air from the room and adding moisture to it by way of a water tank. Once the air has been treated, it is pushed back out into the room. More sophisticated models will adjust themselves to the right level, while others will need you to set them.

Humidifiers are important as dry air can cause many problems. Dry air is particularly prevalent during the winter months, when the normal nasty effects of winter can be exacerbated by the lack of moisture in the air. A lack of humidity can lead to nosebleeds, chapped lips, dry throats, infected sinuses, dry skin and much more. The correct level of humidity can ease these symptoms and, furthermore, can help your furniture to last longer, too. For some people, humidifiers will even bring down their energy bills since humid air feels warmer, and therefore heating is used less frequently.

A warm mist humidifier in particular can help with colds and flus. The warm air that is emitted by the humidifier helps to soothe aches, pains, sore throats and more. It will also help the room feel much warmer, which can be a great relief if you live in an area that suffers from bitter winters.

How does a warm mist humidifier work?

As you may guess from the name, a warm mist humidifier releases warm mist. A cold mist humidifier, on the other hand, releases a cool mist. The warm mist humidifier works by heating up the water inside of its tank. Once this water is turned into steam, it is released into the air. The water is heated by an internal heater that boils it before it is released as an invisible mist into the air.

What are the advantages of a warm mist humidifier?

If winters are particularly bitter where you live, a warm mist humidifier can help your room feel much warmer than it really is. This means for those that struggle with the cold, a warm mist humidifier is a great option. If you frequently suffer from cold and flu symptoms and want some relief from the irritating effects of winter, a warm mist humidifier would be a fantastic option – some even come with the option of adding medicine and oils to help even further.

Also, since the water in the machine is boiled, warm mist humidifiers are healthier in general than cold mist humidifiers. The process of boiling the water kills much of the bacteria and mold that can be problematic with cold mist humidifiers, and the risk of these allergens and bacteria being released into the air is significantly lessened. The air you get will be pure, clean and healthy for you to breathe.

Warm mist humidifiers also have no fan, which is a feature of a cold mist humidifier. This makes the unit extremely quiet in comparison. Equally, there is no filter or wick, so there is no need to replace this part of the humidifier.Why might a warm mist humidifier not be for me?

Safety can be an issue when it comes to buying a warm mist humidifier. Since it uses heated parts to boil the water in the tank, there can be a risk of danger when it comes to children and pets. If your child or pet comes into contact with the unit itself while it is on, they could burn themselves. Equally, if the unit is not designed in a stable way, it can be knocked and fall over. If it is switched on, the water inside can be very hot and cause problems when it spills.
The addition of warm, moist air into a room can also cause unexpected side effects, such ast the growth of mold. You should be sure to check your room regularly for signs of mold growth as this can cause a problem for people with allergies.

Warm mist humidifiers can also be slightly problematic to clean. While the warm water kills off bacteria that will be pushed out into the air, mineral deposits can sometimes be left behind during the boiling process.

If you are looking for a humidifier to fill a large space, like your living room or a large office, a warm mist humidifier will not be what you are looking for. Warm mist humidifiers are really best suited to smaller spaces such as bedrooms and offices.
Buying a warm mist humidifier

Warm mist humidifiers are a great option if you are looking to make the winter months more comfortable. Thanks to the fact they emit a warm mist, you will enjoy the soothing effects of the steam and breathe much more easily than normal. Cold and flu symptoms are lessened, and the humid air will stop you from being so susceptible to dry throats, nosebleeds, chapped lips, dry skin, sinus infections and much more.

You should buy a warm mist humidifier if you are looking for a good value humidifier that will help you with cold and flu symptoms. The trays in warm mist humidifiers are particularly useful, since you can add oils and treatments that will make the steam that is pushed around the room even more comforting.

Warm mist humidifiers are not suitable for large areas, so only think about buying one if you are searching for something for your bedroom or office. Equally, if you have children or pets, you should be aware of the potential dangers involved in having a boiling hot unit in your home.
If you are settled on a warm mist humidifier and want to see which one could be the one for you, be sure to head on over to our selection of the Top 10 Warm Mist Humidifiers on the market today.


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Top 10 Warm Mist Humidifiers

February 29, 2016 • By

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Having a humidifier in your home has many benefits, especially during the winter months. In the midst of winter, the bitter cold leads the air in your home to be dry. This is further exacerbated by the heating we use. Dry air causes itchiness, sinus infections, chapped lips, dry skin and much more.

To counteract these things, many people buy a humidifier. A humidifier works by taking in the air from outside and adding moisture to it. The air is then pushed back out of the machine with a more comfortable level of humidity for your home.

There are several different types of humidifiers, and here we’re looking at the warm mist humidifier, otherwise known as steam humidifier. The warm mist humidifier generates steam by heating the water in its tank and, once that has turned into a vapor, sends the mist into the air. The advantage of warm mist humidifiers is that they not only help maintain a comfortable level of humidity in your home, the warmth of the mist that is emitted also helps lower the risk of cold virus infections. The air will struggle to hold allergens once it is more humid and warmer and, therefore, the allergens become ineffective.

In addition to this, if you’re feeling under the weather you can add a medicated inhalant to the steam vapor in order to ease the nasty symptoms of your cough. Many of the humidifiers on this list feature diffusers or trays to put scented oils or treatment in to soothe the irritating aspects of colds and coughs that are so prevelant in the winter months. They provide a great relief from scratchy throats and blocked noses.

Another advantage of a warm mist humidifier is that there is no problem with mineral build up, which is an issue with ultrasonic and cold mist humidifiers. With these types of humidifiers minerals can build up and cause the unit to emit white dust, which can be harmful to breathe. The heat of warm mist humidifiers means this isn’t an issue, and you can rest easy not worrying too much about allergies.

One drawback is the potential of danger when you have children. Since the unit will be boiling water, it should be kept out of reach of children and you should put it somewhere that ensures it will not be knocked over.

So, which warm mist humidifier should you get? Without further ado, here is our Top 10 Warm Mist Humidifiers.

  1. Crane Germ Defense EE-8065

Topping the list for warm mist humidifiers is the Crane Germ Defense EE-8065. If it’s a warm mist humidifier you’re looking for, chances are you’re searching for one that will help in the fight against germs and ease your cold during the winter months. Well, good news is in store. The Crane Germ Defense EE-8065 specializes in fighting against germs. It is made with an antimicrobial system that prevents contaminated mist being emitted into the air in your home. It is able to produce large quantities of mist for your room, meaning wherever it is placed it will provide effective relief from dry air. The Crane EE-8065 can convert 2.5 gallons of water into mist within 24 hours, and is suitable for rooms up to 500 square feet.

The Crane Defense EE-8065 is practically silent when it runs. This means it is appropriate for children and for people who are light sleepers. It also has a long run time. While most humidifiers will only run for 24 hours before needing refilling, this one can go for 72 hours.

If your home has water with a high mineral content you should consider the use of this humidifier. And as mentioned, if you’re susceptible to colds and illness throughout the winter months there’s no doubt that this humidifier, with its warm mist functionality and soothing mist, is a very smart purchase.

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  1. Air O Swiss 7147 Ultrasonic Humidifier

Like the Crane, this humidifier comes with both cold mist and warm mist functionality. The Air O Swiss 7147 Ultrasonic Humidifier is extremely quiet and a very attractive model. It is advertised as being “whisper quiet”, and it ‘s fair to say that it is very quiet indeed.

The 7147 comes with a useful automatic setting that allows the device to settle upon the target level of humidity needed in the room and adjust the output level accordingly. The diffuser in the humidifier can be effective in a room of up to 600 square feet. That’s one of the biggest ranges on the market for a humidifier of this size, so it’s great for people with large homes. There is a timer that can be set in advance for 1 to 8 hours old to run continuously, this is useful for when you want the home to be ready for when you return from work, or while you sleep.

If you live in a larger home and are looking for a load of functionality from your humidifier then the 7147 is a humidifier you can’t really go wrong with. It’s a sleek, modern device that’s packed full of power, and won’t need replacing for a long time. It doesn’t come cheap like some of the other humidifiers on this list, but youp ay for what you get.

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  1. Honeywell Filter Free Warm Moisture Humidifier

With two pressure settings, auto shut off functionality and no need for a filter, the Honeywell Filter Free Warm Moisture Humidifier is one of the simplest humidifiers on the market. The lack of filter really makes this unit easy to clean, and means you don’t have to worry about circulating white dust, which can be a small hazard with other humidifiers. If you’re looking for low maintenance and no worries, this is a fantastic option.

Aesthetically, this humidifier is a little different to other models. While most humidifiers are box-shaped, this is something like a kettle in shape. It means it can be placed on a bedside table or another surface without looking too out of place and, even better, is difficult to knock over. This certainly isn’t the case with other humidifiers.

It might not have millions of functions or the most powerful range, but this is an extremely capable humidifier, and finds itself so high up our list thanks to how simple to use and cheap it is. It shouldn’t set you back more than $30, and that’s a really competitive price. It’s uncomplicated, but that’s part of the appeal, since you may not want to fork out the extra dollars for a humidifier that has a bunch of options when all you want is something reliable that balances out the humidity levels in your home.

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  1. Enviracaire Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier

The Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier from Enviracaire is great for battling against the illnesses that come with winter. The Germ Free Warm Mist Humidifier has an ultraviolet light antimicrobial chamber which is used for sterilization. The vaporization of the mineral dust in the air helps to ensure a healthy environment in your home, which is crucial for asthma and allergy sufferers. This humidifier also features a medicine cup, which means the unit can emit a soothing steam which will help your throat, sniffly nose and much more.

This is a very quiet humidifier, which is perfect when you’re suffering from a cold as you need to rest as much as possible. Thanks to features like the dual antimicrobial process, which is laboratory tested, this unit is great for anyone who is prone to suffering from colds, and it’s also a reasonable price so finds its way high up our list.

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  1. Rowenta Intense Aqua Control Humidifier

The Rowenta Intense Aqua Control Humidifier is a great all-round humidifier with a bunch of great features. The night mode, for example, runs at 50% relative humidity to begin with and then, during its 8 hour duration, slowly decreases the humidity level.

The range of the humidifier is 500 square feet, meaning it can be used in almost all large rooms. It may not be as attractive as other humidifiers on the market, but if you’re not looking for an outstanding design it won’t offend you, either. Its blocky design means you have to be careful not to knock it over, but placed out of the way there should be no problem, and thanks to its powerful range and capacity it will fill the room from anywhere.

With the Rowenta Intense Aqua Control Humidifier in your home, you can avoid all the setbacks that come with dry air during winter and, thanks to its Warm Mist Function. The Warm Mist Function boils the water at 95 degrees to guarantee bacteria-free steam. A great feature of the Rowenta Intense Aqua Control Humidifier is its 24 hour runtime and its capacity of 1.5 gallons. This makes it a robust, impressive humidifier that’s great for larger homes.

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  1. Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier 1388-800-001

The Sunbeam Warm Steam Vaporizer Humidifier 1388-800-001 is cheap. Like, $20 – $30 kind of cheap. So if you’re not looking to spend too much on a humidifier it is a fantastic option. It has a 1 gallon water tank which is a great amount for the cost of the unit.

If you use purified or distilled water, you can expect an impressive running time from the Sunbeam 1388-800-001. 24 hours should be easily achievable, and with purified water you could leave your humidifier running for 28 hours.

Another great feature of the Sunbeam 1388-800-001 is its design. It looks modern and has a sleek, round design. It’s pretty small, too, so will easily fit in any room and on various surfaces. Compared to most humidifiers it will blend into your living room or bedroom with ease. The round design also means it is hard to knock over, which means it’s safer, too.

This is not one of the most powerful, quiet or fancy units out there. It is, however, very cheap, easy to use and nicely designed. A real winner for value for money.

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  1. Crane EE-8064 Germ Defense Ultrasonic Humidifier

The Crane EE-8064 Germ Defense Ultrasonic Humidifier is a feature-filled ultrasonic humidifier. It boasts both both cold mist and warm mist functionality, meaning you get the best of both worlds in this regard.

One thing you will notice about this humidifier is just how long it runs. The Crane EE-8064 goes for around 55 hours. It also creates up to 2.5 gallons of water per day and can fill a room of up to 500 square feet. That’s way more than your average humidifier, and makes it one of the most powerful on this list

The Crance EE-8064 also includes antimicrobial protection which fights the mold and mildew that can affect other humidifiers. It means it does not need a filter, which saves you a little extra maintenance. A useful feature is the 360 degree nozzle. This allows you to direct the mist anywhere in the room. Considering the power of this humidifier, it’s also remarkably quiet and us.es very little energy.

The straightforward digital display means that the unit is easy to set up and easy to use. It has a beautiful design and looks great in any room. So, if you want a humidifier that does it all, we can happily recommend the Crane EE-8064.

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  1. Crane Warm Mist Humidifier

The Crane Warm Mist Humidifier has two steam output settings which can create up to 3.6 gallons of moisture a day, which is a thoroughly decent amount. The selling point to this Crane unit in comparison to others is that it has a medicine cup for steam medication. Once it is activated, the unit will emit soothing, medicated steam into the air which can provide invaluable relief and protection from colds. Indeed, for those who frequently suffer from colds and coughs, this is a fantastic option since there is little better for these symptoms than humid, treated air. During the winter months you’ll wonder how you ever did without a humidifier before.

This powerful humidifier is very simple to use and maintain. It is bacteria free and easy to clean. It also features a nice LED dial for any adjustments you want to make. The LED is a nice touch, since if you want to change something at night you don’t have to worry about turning on all the lights.

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  1. SPT Warm Mist Humidifier with Oil Diffuser

If you’re looking for cold relief then the SPT Warm Mist Humidifier with Oil Diffuser is a smart option. It isn’t the most sophisticated model on the market, but you will be pleased enough  with your purchase.

It’s a straightforward humidifier that does what is required of it and little else. There are few options, not much in the way of design, and just the oil diffuser as a little extra. Nonetheless, for those not looking to splash out and not looking for much more than a warm mist humidifier, it’s certainly a solid option and easy to maintain.

The SPT Warm Mist Humidifier with Oil Diffuder is a light-weight model, and it is fairly small. That means it’s easy to place unobtrusively in a room. It has a 2 hour timer should you need it, and an auto shut off feature which is useful as you can leave the unit running and not worry about it getting damaged if you forget to fill it up (which it will need a couple of times a daya t least).

The oil diffuser is a nice feature. For many people, purchasing a warm mist humidifier is a way to avoid colds or to relieve symptoms and, while this might not be the most powerfum unit, if you’re looking for a little help through the winter this does the job.

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  1. The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut–Off

The Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off comes with two comfort settings which can adjust the amount of Vicks VapoRub to be released. The mist which is released is up to 95% bacteria free which is great for people who are recovering from a cold. Not just that, the humidifier also comes with an integrated scent pad which you can use with Vicks VapoPads for extra relief. Talk about clearing your throat !

Unlike most other humidifiers, it is filter fre. This means it is less of a hassle to clean. The removable parts are all dishwasher safe making it even easier to clean. This is a relatively compact humidifier can be placed on a desk or bedside table without taking up too much space. You may need to place something underneath it as some people have reported some leakage.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced humidifier specifically aimed at relieving the symptoms of congestion, then the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut–Off is a smart choice. If you use it in combination with the VapoPads, you’ll be breathing easy in no time.

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Top 10 Ultrasonic Humidifiers

February 29, 2016 • By

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Purchasing a humidifier can have incredible benefits for you, your family and your home. There are a range of different kinds of humidifiers and many models to choose from. So which is right for you? Here we look at our 10 favorite ultrasonic humidifiers on the market.

Having a humidifier is a great way of seeing through the winter in a healthy, comfortable way. For many homes, owning a humidifier has become an important aspect of life. It can reduce many of the bad effects of winter, including nosebleeds, allergies, flu symptoms, infected sinuses and more. A humidifier, by balancing out the level of moisture in the air of your home, will also help your furniture last longer and, potentially, bring your energy bills down.

Ultrasonic humidifiers produce a fine mist that increases the humidity of your room. An internal diaphragm vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency, causing tiny droplets of air to form. These droplets are then pushed out as an invisible mist by a tiny fan, and released into the air. Ultrasonic humidifiers are a great option since they can come with cold mist functionality, warm mist functionality and, often, the option of both. This means that during winter months you can switch on the warm mist settings and feel the benefit of warm steam being emitted from the unit. Some even come with trays for you to put medication so you can breathe treated air that’s great for your cold.

The cold mist setting will allow you to add moisture to the air all year round, and can be especially soothing in summer time as the air will be cooled down. Cold mist is also much better if you have children in your house, since the heat of the warm mist setting can be a danger to them if they touch it or if the unit gets knocked over.

Ultrasonic humidifiers are popular since they consume less energy than other types of humidifiers (evaporative, for example). They are also much quieter, which makes them a welcome guest in any home. In addition to this, ultrasonic humidifiers without warm mist settings are child-friendly since they do not use boiling water, meaning there is no danger of your child burning themselves on the unit itself or knocking over the unit and being harmed by the water.

When choosing an ultrasonic humidifier, it is prudent to choose one with demineralization cartridges if you cannot use distilled water all the time, since the minerals in regular tap water can cause a build up and lead to mold or bacteria. Be sure to clean your machine regularly to avoid health risks.

Below you will find our guide to the best ultrasonic humidifiers on the market.

Number 1

PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier

The PowerPure 5000 is comfortably one of the best ultrasonic humidifiers on the market. Put simply, it excels in almost every area, and should be at the top of your list for research when you’re looking to buy an ultrasonic humidifier.

First of all, the PowerPure 5000 is a welcome addition to any room with its sleek, jet black appearance. It has warm mist or cold mist functionality, so if you have children you can ensure their safety with the cold mist function. If you do not have children, and you’re looking for cold and flu relief, you’ll want to opt for the warm mist option.

Another fantastic aspect of this humidifier is its range. It can fill large rooms comfortably (up to 700 square feet) without making much noise at all. The PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier features a remote control that gives you the ability to adjust it to your desired humidity levels in the room, while the LCD display screen lets you know the relative humidity levels and temperature. You can also set the unit on a timer. The PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier boasts a permanent ceramic filter that cleans the water in your tank, which means you will not need to buy new parts so frequently and it is less likely to emit air that is contaminated. For your safety there is an auto shut off feature, so when water levels are low the humidifier will turn off.

The PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier is, frankly, a solid humidifier that will likely please anyone. We believe it is one of the best on the market, and considering the range of features and how reliable it is, it is also great value for money. The high quality production values mean it is economical to run and easy to maintain. If you have children, you will love the safety features of this humidifier, too.

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Number 2

Crane Germ Defense EE-8065

We all want the benefits of what a humidifier can bring – better humidity in the air means better skin, no chapped lips, fewer nosebleeds, less susceptibility to allergies and much more. Some less sophisticated humidifiers can also bring problems with them. In hard water areas, or if the user does not look after their humidifier, white dust can build up in the unit and be emitted around the house along with the moist air.

The Crane Germ Defense EE-8065, as you might guess from the name of the product, specializes in fighting against the germs that can cause problems in other models. It is made with an antimicrobial system that helps prevent contaminated mist being emitted into the air in your home. It is able to produce large quantities of mist for your room, meaning wherever it is placed it will provide effective relief from dry air. The Crane EE-8065 can convert 2.5 gallons of water into mist within 24 hours, and is suitable for rooms up to 500 square feet.

The Crane Defense EE-8065 is practically silent when it runs. Even if you lay it next to your bed when you sleep, it’s unlikely you will notice it at all unless you are a particularly light sleeper. This also means it is appropriate for children and babies. While most humidifiers will only run for 24 hours before needing refilling, this one can go for 72 hours. This is useful because it means during the night you won’t have to get up to change the water, which can be an irritating process. If the unit does not have an automatic shut off feature, it can also damage itself by trying to process water when there is none. Fortunately, this humidifier comes with an automatic shut off feature when it does run out of water.

If your home has water with a high mineral content you should consider the use of this humidifier, and in addition should also consider purchasing the demineralization filter cartridge. Generally speaking however the cranium defense he 8065 is one of the best humidifiers on the market for preventing white dust and bacteria buildup.

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Number 3

Air O Swiss 7147 Ultrasonic Humidifier

The Air O Swiss 7147 Ultrasonic Humidifier is extremely quiet and a very attractive model. It is advertised as being “whisper quiet”, and it is indeed a very quiet humidifier. Aside from a gentle hum, you will barely notice it at all.

It comes with a useful automatic setting that allows the device to settle upon the target level of humidity needed in the room and adjust the output level accordingly. The humidifier also comes with both warm mist and cold mist settings, which means if you have children you can increase the safety level of the unit by opting for cold mist settings. Equally, if you are susceptible to cold and flu symptoms you can switch on the warm mist settings and enjoy relief from your blocked nose and sore throat.

The diffuser in the humidifier can be effective in a room of up to 600 square feet. There is a timer that can be set in advance for 1 to 8 hours old to run continuously, this is useful for when you want the home to be ready for when you return from work, or while you sleep. This makes it perfect for large homes with a working family, since the powerful humidifier will keep pumping out mist while you’re one.

The main problem with this humidifier is the cost. The initial price is fairly steep compared to other markets, and parts of the model will need replacing over time which can also be costly. But, if you are looking for a quiet model and don’t mind spending a little extra, this could be the humidifier for you. The best part of it is how quietly it runs and how great it will look in your home.

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Number 4

PureGuardian® H4610 120-Hour Ultrasonic Humidifiers  

The PureGuardian Ultrasonic Humidifier is, quite simply, one of the best humidifiers on the market. Among the many benefits of this model is the patented technology that fights mold and bacteria buildup in the tank. Not only that, but it’s extremely easy to use and has both warm and cool mist options.

This humidifier is very powerful, lasts a long time. At its highest speed, it can convert almost a gallon and a half of water internist within the space of 24 hours. This is useful in fairly large rooms, although in small rooms all you need to do is turn the fan speed down. If the speed is turned down, you will be able to run this humidifier for several days without having to change the tank. This is particularly useful if you do not want to change the tank daily.

One drawback of this humidifier is the fact that it does not come with a built-in demineralization filter. Given time, if you do not clean your humidifier properly, it will be vulnerable to building up mineral inside. If this happens, the H4610 may begin to diffuse white dust into the room. For this reason it is recommended to purchase a demineralization filter for the unit, which is not costly and will help your machine last longer. You should also try to use purified or distilled water whenever possible.

The PureGuardian H4610 has a sleek design and is useful in medium to large rooms. The drawbacks of the humidifier, i.e. that there is no humidistat and it does not come with a filter, are a little unusual considering the price of the humidifier. However, considering all the benefits and the overall solid performance of the humidifier, it is safe to say it is a worthwhile investment for anyone.

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NUMBER 5

Boneco 7135

The Boneco 7135 offers both cool and warm mist functionality. This humidifier features a large reservoir, has a high mist output and some fantastic functionality. The unit can convert 3.5 gallons of water into mist in 24 hours. it also has a 1.75 gallon tank which means you will not need to refill it so frequently. Despite the fact that it can humidify rooms up to 650 square feet, this humidifier is very quiet. This makes it great for anyone who has trouble sleeping, or a family with a baby.

On top of this, the Boneco 7135  has a hydro cell. This helps to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria in the units reservoir, which ensures that the being pushed around the room is healthy and comfortable.

The large tank and long running times, coupled with the unit’s quietness and high humidity output, make this humidifier favorite among customers. It is also nicely designed with a modern look, meaning you can place it anywhere in your home and not worry about it being too intrusive.

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NUMBER 6

Vornado Ultra3 Ultrasonic Humidifier    

Thanks to its unique combination of both ultrasonic technology and fan power, the Vornado Ultra3 can quickly fill a large room with healthy, comfortable air. Compared to regular ultrasonic humidifiers, where the range is not so great, this unit has a great advantage. Vapor is pushed out with fan power and therefore can reach all over a large room. Humidity levels in a room are therefore raised quickly and maintained effectively.

The unit  uses an internal hygrometer which helps to maintain the level of humidity at the chosen setting. Another outstanding feature of this humidifier is that mist is pushed upwards to ceiling, which means that the mist is distributed evenly throughout the room instead of building up in one area.

The Vornado Ultra3 Ultrasonic Humidifier has an array of extra features. The best of these is that the humidifier can self regulate humidity levels if needed.

One major drawback of this humidifier is that it is quite loud. The clue, we suppose, was in the name, which sounds a lot like “tornado”. Should you put the unit on a medium or high settings you may not find it possible to sleep through the noise, particularly if you are a light sleeper. This humidifier also isn’t the easiest to clean.

You will find the Vornado Ultra3 a great choice since it is extremely effective in raising the humidity of a room, and its extra features are very useful. It’s a little more costly than some of the other humidifiers on the market, but perfect for anyone looking to balance the humidity levels in a relatively large room.

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NUMBER 7

Stadler Form Hera EMS-301 Ultrasonic Humidifier

Like the Vornado Ultra3, the Stadler Form Hera EMS-301 Ultrasonic Humidifier is designed for larger rooms.

The Stadler humidifier comes with many useful extras. One particularly useful extra is the adjustable mist diffuser which allows you to adjust how fine the mist is as it is emitted from the unit. The dual direction nozzle means you can push the mist out into different directions. This is also pretty useful. If you have two children sleeping in the same room, for example, it will ensure that both receive an equal amount of humidity during the night.

A great thing about the Stadler humidifier is the fact that it includes a demineralization cartridge. This helps deal with calcium and bacteria. If you live in a hard water area this can be a problem with some humidifiers, but with the Stadler it should not be.

The Stadler Form Hera has three different output settings. The major two are warm mist and cool mist humidifier. There are also many more helpful features, including the fact that you can set your own humidity level, and there is a display which tells you the current humidity level in the room. The Stadler Form Hera might cost a little more than other humidifiers in the market, but with its range and its extra features, it may just be the one for you.

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NUMBER 8

Air O Swiss U200 Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier

If you are looking for a small to medium sized humidifier, the Air O Swiss U200 is a great option. It is far more affordable than other humidifiers by the same brand (Air O Swiss), but does not suffer much in terms of performance. This makes it one of the best economical options.

Like other Air O Swiss products, this humidifier comes equipped with a hydro cell and demineralization cartridge. Both these features reduce the levels of impurity in your water, so you can worry less about white dust and bacterial buildup.

With a full tank, the Air O Swiss U200 can run up to 10 hours, which isn’t a great deal considering the length of time that other humidifiers on this list can run. If you’re looking for a simple, no frills, effective humidifier, however, this might be one of the best on the market for the price.

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NUMBER 9

PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier

The PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier has a low price tag, and that is a major part of its appeal. This is not a particularly sophisticated humidifier, but does have the benefit of featuring an oil tray. This is not something that comes with every humidifier, particularly in the price range, and so it is a nice added bonus. This means that you can put your chosen essential oil into the sponge in a little tray, and the air that is emitted from the humidifier will subsequently be scented. It is not a strong smell, but is certainly noticeable and a nice addition to a room.

Another feature of this humidifier is that it has a seven color changing light, which can be used as a bedside light in your bedroom. Equally, if your child wants a nightlight or you’re looking for mood lighting in your living room, this can also be a good addition. Best of all, the humidifier does not even need to be turned on for this feature to work.

This humidifier also has a few downsides, which is to be expected considering the low cost. The PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier is advertised as having a much longer running time that it actually runs for. It will need filling up more frequently than expected, but for many people this is not a problem. For the price, the PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier excellent value for money, and the little extras make it a great first-time purchase in the world of humidifiers.

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Number 10

The Sharper Image EVSI-HD30

This is a very nicely designed humidifier with both warm and cool mist functionality. It has a dual tank, with each individual rank holding 1.7 gallons of water. This means you can run it with a high mist output for roughly 72 hours, which is much longer than most humidifiers on the market.

The drawback of this model is that at the highest mist output, you may find that water builds up around the unit. This can be troublesome in many homes and may lead you to either not getting the best out of the humidifier, or placing it on a specific surface that can collect or absorb the water. Either way, it is not ideal.

The Sharper Image EVSI-HD30 has a night light, which means you can leave it on while you read at night, and its lovely design makes it a great addition to any room.

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What is an Ultrasonic humidifier?

February 29, 2016 • By


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What is an ultrasonic humidifier?

An ultrasonic humidifier is one of the different kinds of humidifiers on the market.

Humidifiers work to maintain proper moisture levels in the air. Having humidity in the air is vitally important and can reduce the effects of colds, stop nosebleeds, stop chapped lips and even help your furniture to last longer. An ultrasonic humidifier, like other types of humidifiers, works to make your home more comfortable and maintain a good balance of moisture in the air. Each type of humidifier comes with its own unique benefits, and so it’s important to understand which humidifier is right for you.

An ultrasonic humidifier will reduce many of the bad effects of cold weather. It will help you feel comfortable around the house during winter and even help you reduce bills since moist air allows warm air to circulate easier. The house itself will also benefit, since the natural moisture levels required for your furniture, wallpaper and wooden floors to stay protected for a longer period of time cannot be achieved in most climates. For this reason, an ultrasonic humidifier can be a great addition to your home.

Humidifiers are broken down into two basic categories: warm mist humidifiers and cool mist humidifiers. Cool mist humidifiers can then be divided into two further categories, which are evaporative humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers. More sophisticated models also offer both warm mist and cool mist options, meaning you do not even have to decide!

Whether you prefer evaporative or ultrasonic will depend on your own preferences, but ultrasonic humidifiers have many advantages which appeal to people.

Why buy a humidifier?

Humidifiers are useful during cold, dry winter months. During this time, excessively low humidity occurs and a humidifier can help achieve a healthier balance of moisture in a room or building. Moisture in a room is essential for staying healthy. If you suffer from dry skin, chapped lips, cough symptoms and other things generally associated. Most homes will suffer from an imbalance of moisture, especially during winter months, and so most people can benefit from purchasing a humidifier for their home.

In winter, having a humidifier is a very sensible idea. In summer, also, in particularly dry regions, homes and families can benefit from what a humidifier will do for their home. Most people find that winter is the time of year they most rely on their humidifier. When cold air is heated indoors, humidity levels can drop drastically below the required level. Low humidity brings with it a series of unwanted health effects related to the dryness in the air. This in turn can exasperate symptoms that are already troubling, such as colds or allergies. By restoring the balance of humidity, you’ll feel much more comfortable around the house and your skin can get a healthy glow.

How ultrasonic humidifiers work

Like any humidifier, the ultrasonic humidifier features a water reservoir that is then turned into moisture to improve the humidity levels in your home. Unlike evaporative humidifiers, however, ultrasonic humidifiers do not rely on a wick and a fan to create moisture and therefore are often quieter. Inside each ultrasonic humidifier there is a tiny metal plate that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency.

This tiny plate’s vibrations are so powerful that they can break apart the water particles inside the unit’s reservoir. Once the particles are broken apart they become a cool vapor. Your ultrasonic unit will then emit this vapor as a fine, invisible mist into your room. The effect of this is to bring about a healthier balance of humidity in your room.

Why choose an ultrasonic humidifier?

Whether you will prefer an evaporative humidifier or an ultrasonic humidifier is basically down to personal preference. Some people value certain things when searching for the humidifier for them, and so it’s important to take a few things into consideration. These are mainly things like cost, noise levels, potential issues with dust, bacteria and mineral build up and, finally, appearance.

Ultrasonic humidifiers are the most popular kind of humidifier on the market today, and that is because of their versatility, their efficiency and the level of options you get when you purchase one. In comparison, evaporative humidifiers are somewhat less sophisticated, and are less easy to adjust.

Cost

The cost of your humidifier will obviously vary depending on the level of sophistication of the model you choose. One notable consideration when choosing between an ultrasonic humidifier and an evaporative humidifier is that the initial outgoing will be more for the ultrasonic humidifier than the evaporative humidifier. Evaporative humidifiers generally are much simpler in their technological scope and therefore the initial outlay is relatively small. Ultrasonic humidifiers, on the other hand, can be very sophisticated models that include various extras and the option to choose between warm mist and cool mist humidifier options.

On the other hand, the cost of maintenance kind of balances out the first costs when you consider the overall long term cost of repairs and upkeep. Changing the filters of you evaporative filter over time does cost extra money, and so some may prefer to pay more upfront for a longer lasting unit that only requires a regular cleaning. In that case, the ultrasonic humidifier should be the one you choose.

Noise

Since most people will want to put their humidifier in a bedroom or living room, noise is an extremely important consideration when buying an evaporative or ultrasonic humidifier.

Should noise be of vital importance to you, it would be prudent to opt for an ultrasonic humidifier since some, like the PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier, are extremely silent and will not impact upon your night’s sleep or you relaxing in your living room. If this is not your priority and you’re more concerned about price, the evaporative humidifier could be the one, but do note that owning the the fan system inside this type of humidifier that it’s almost impossible for the evaporative humidifier to be completely quiet while it’s running.

Health issues

Owing to the way they function, ultrasonic humidifiers require fairly regular maintenance and upkeep in order to keep them clean. If this does not happen, there is the risk that the humidifier will build up levels of minerals in the unit. Without a good, clean filter this can turn into dust that may trigger allergies or cause illness.

The best way to avoid this is by firstly using distilled water. Since water that comes from the tap is often mineral water, the build up can stem from this. You can also check your humidifier for a decalcification filter. Some come with them, while some allow you to buy one separately and connect them.

Design

Personal taste is obviously the deciding factor when it comes to design, and clearly the look of your house will have some impact on which humidifier your would like to invest in. While it is difficult to say if one style of humidifier is more aesthetically pleasing than the other, it is fair to say that reviews in general are more favorable when speaking about the design of ultrasonic humidifiers. Since the units come with more functionality and a greater level of sophistication, more time and effort is invested in the design, also, and some more modern ultrasonic humidifiers are sleek looking things that people enjoy to have in their room.

Choosing between an evaporative and ultrasonic humidifier

If cost is your primary concern when choosing between an evaporative and ultrasonic humidifier, you may decide that the evaporative humidifier is the one for you. However, if you are willing to splash out a little more and spend your money on a humidifier that will last a long time, look better in your house and have the potential to be quieter, the ultrasonic humidifier might just be worth the extra bit of cash.

Which ultrasonic humidifier is the one for me?

There are many ultrasonic humidifiers on the market, and choosing the one for you will require a little shopping around. You can check out our article on the Top 10 Ultrasonic Humidifiers to give you some hints and tips. Here are some of our best picks.

Overall

PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier

The PowerPure 5000 is one of the best ultrasonic humidifiers on the market. Its sleek, jet black appearance makes it a great addition to any room. Like all the best ultrasonic humidifiers, it has warm mist or cold mist functionality, so if you have children you can ensure their safety with the cold mist function.

Another fantastic aspect of this humidifier is its range. It can fill large rooms (up to 700 square feet) without making noise. It features a remote control that gives you the ability to adjust it to your desired humidity levels in the room, while the LCD display screen lets you know the relative humidity levels and temperature. For your safety there is an auto shut off feature, so when water levels are low the humidifier will turn off.

The PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier will likely please anyone looking for an ultrasonic humidifier.

Best on a budget

PuraSense Ultrasonic Humidifier

This is not the most sophisticated humidifier, but it is inexpensive and has some nice little extras. It boasts an oil tray, which is not something that comes with every humidifier. This means that you can put your chosen essential oil into the sponge in a little tray, and the air that is emitted from the humidifier will be scented. Another feature is that it has a seven color changing light, which can be used as a bedside light in your bedroom.


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What is the difference between an ultrasonic and evaporative humidifier?

February 29, 2016 • By

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The key differences between an ultrasonic humidifier and an evaporative humidifier

Humidifiers come in two main different types. These are the ultrasonic humidifier and the evaporative humidifier. Both have the same intended function and those looking for a humidifier will want to conduct research into which type is best for them and their home.

Humidifiers are basically units that provide air with more moisture. There are various different types, as mentioned, but the goal is the same: to increase the level of humidity in a room, home or building in order for those inside to feel more comfortable. There are several benefits to this, including helping with dust allergies, helping with sinus infections, preventing nosebleeds, keeping warm air circulating through your home and much more – humidifiers can even help your furniture, wallpaper and other items in your home last longer.

Humidifiers are particularly useful during colder months, when the nasty effects of cold weather are most pronounced and the air inside your home can be very dry. In addition, if you live in dry, warm conditions, a humidifier can help bring about the right balance of moisture in your home.

Depending on your personal preferences and exactly what you’re looking for, when purchasing a humidifier you will have to decide initially between the ultrasonic humidifier and the evaporative humidifier. So, how do you decide? Read on to find out the differences between an ultrasonic and evaporative humidifier.

Why buy a humidifier in the first place?

You should buy a humidifier to achieve a balance of moisture in a room or building. Moisture in a room is essential for staying healthy and can help alleviate many unpleasant things that we are unaware come from dry air. Chapped lips, nose bleeds, dry skin, sinus infections and much more can be helped by having a humidifier in your home. Most homes will suffer from an imbalance of moisture, especially during winter months, and so most people will immediately notice the benefits of having a humidifier in their home.

In winter, having a humidifier is a great idea. Most people find that winter is the time of year they most rely on their humidifier. When cold air is heated indoors, humidity levels can go below the recommended level.

The lack of humidity in the air can also affect your furniture by shrinking the wood or creating cracks. By increasing the relative humidity in the air, you’ll feel much more comfortable around the house.

What is an evaporative humidifier?

An evaporative humidifier is the simpler of the two kinds of humidifiers in terms of sophistication. The evaporative humidifier is also known as a “wick humidifier” owing to the way it works. It consists of just three major parts: a fan, a wick and a reservoir. An evaporative humidifier pull air into it using its internal fan. This air will then pass along a water-saturated wick filter which has absorbed water from the reservoir. The air will then absorb some of the moisture into it and will then be emitted back out into the room to give the room a healthy balance of humidity.

This process is self-regulating, since the evaporation from the wick depends on the humidity of the room.

What is an ultrasonic humidifier?

Ultrasonic humidifiers features a water reservoir that is then turned into moisture to improve the humidity levels in your home. Instead of a wick and a fan, as we find in an evaporative humidifier, ultrasonic humidifiers feature a tiny metal plate that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency. This plate’s vibrations are extremely powerful. In fact, they are so powerful that they break apart water particles inside the reservoir. Once the particles are split they become a cool vapor which is then emitted as a fine, invisible mist into your room. The effect of this is to bring about a healthier balance of humidity in your room.

What are the major differences between an ultrasonic humidifier and an evaporative humidifier?

Ultrasonic humidifiers are currently the most popular type on the market. This is for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they are generally quieter and more efficient.

The drawback of ultrasonic humidifiers, however, is that they also produce white dust. White dust is produced as a result of mineral build up in the humidifier, which can happen over time since the water used in the unit is unlikely to be 100% pure. Without due care and regular cleaning, this white mist can eventually be emitted into the air and cause problems.

Evaporative humidifiers suffer from this less, but do come with their own advantages and disadvantages. Running costs are generally more as filters need replacing, and it is rare to find an evaporative humidifier that runs as quietly as an ultrasonic humidifier.

Should you buy an ultrasonic humidifier or an evaporative humidifier?

Choosing the right humidifier for you will depend on a whole range of different things, the most important ones being what is right for your home and what is right for you. The major considerations are price, noise level, health issues and design. Here we look at these topics in detail.

Cost

The cost of your humidifier will obviously vary depending on the model you choose. Economic options are available in ultrasonic humidifiers and also evaporative humidifiers.

Generally speaking, an ultrasonic humidifier will be more expensive than an evaporative humidifier. Towards the lower end, evaporative models can be very basic since the technology is not quite as sophisticated. Equally, when you are looking at more expensive models, ultrasonic humidifiers can offer both warm mist and cold mist options; fully automatic functioning, and a variety of different options that are a little more difficult to find on evaporative humidifiers.

On the other hand, the initial outlay could be outweighed by the cost of maintenance and upkeep for the evaporative models. With evaporative models you will frequently have to change the filter and wick, therefore costs can build up. In terms of maintenance, the upkeep of your ultrasonic humidifier will be less, even though it will require regular cleaning.

Noise

Having a humidifier in your bedroom can help you sleep soundly, avoid noise bleeds and even reduce snoring. For that reason many people put their humidifier in their room, and so noise levels are certainly a concern.

Ultrasonic humidifiers such as the PowerPure 5000 Ultrasonic Humidifier are extremely quiet, almost silent models and therefore do not threaten to disturb your night’s sleep at all. On the contrary, many evaporative humidifiers are much noisier since they require the use of a fan system. These fan systems can have a constant humming sound to them which, for people who sleep lightly or are easily disturbed by noise levels, can become irritating.

So if you think noise may be an issue for you, it would be prudent to opt for an ultrasonic humidifier. If this is not your priority and price is of tantamount importance, the evaporative humidifier could be the one.

Health issues

Ultrasonic humidifiers require maintenance to keep them clean. If you do not do this you risk the unit having a buildup of minerals which can eventually lead to white dust being emitted into your home. Without a good, clean filter and a water decalcification unit this can turn into dust that may trigger allergies or cause illness.

Evaporative humidifiers do not suffer from this so easily, and so if you do not wish to regularly clean your humidifier, you might find that this is the better option.

If you are sure to follow the instructions given to you when purchasing your humidifier, you should not have any troubles with health issues. By keeping them clean and replacing the parts as recommended by the manufacturer, the only changes in health when you have a humidifier should be positive ones: healthy skin, relief from allergies and much, much more.

Maintenance and upkeep

As mentioned, the ultrasonic humidifier requires regular maintenance to ensure the air that is in your home is not just appropriately humid, but healthy and free of white dust, too. In order to ensure this white dust does not get promoted around the house, be sure to clean your unit regularly. Also be sure to use distilled water at all times and, if you can, try to buy a filter to attach to your humidifier.

Evaporative humidifiers require less regular upkeep, but the individual parts of the model will need replacing more frequently than those in the ultrasonic humidifier. The wick will need replacing every 60 days or so, and other parts may require replacing after 500 hours of use. For each humidifier it is different, and we recommend checking the individual model for more specific timings. Be sure to abide by the recommendations given by the packaging of your unit, since to do otherwise is to risk the buildup of bacteria in your home.

Design

Of course, personal taste is the deciding factor when it comes to design. Different people will prefer different models, and the way someone’s home is designed will obviously impact upon whether the unit looks good in the house.

It is difficult to say if one style of humidifier has a better design than the other, though it is fair to say that reviews in general are more favorable when speaking about the design of ultrasonic humidifiers. Since the units come with more functionality and a greater level of sophistication, more time and effort is invested in the design, too. Some modern ultrasonic units are particularly sleek looking, and settle in nicely into any modern home.

So which is the one for you?

Which humidifier you buy will depend upon what you most value. Generally speaking, ultrasonic humidifiers are more sophisticated and come with more options. The design is usually a little nicer and there are fewer ongoing costs. Ultrasonic humidifiers are the more popular of the two on the market at the moment.

Evaporative humidifiers, however, are still extremely popular. Their low upfront cost is appealing to many customers, and for those simply wishing to increase the humidity levels in their home with no frills and not too many worries about maintenance, this is the best option.

Either way, buying a humidifier is a great thing for you home. They can help maintain wooden furniture longer, help houseplants breathe, help your skin develop a healthy glow, stop nose bleeds, help with allergies and more.