Humidifier recommendations needed!!?

Hey guys! I'm currently living in a midwest city and considering to buy a humidifier for my apt. Any recommendations here?

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  • drip
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A specific one, no.  But make sure to get one that is very easy to fill. I would get one that outs of cool steam.  You may need two. One for the bedroom and one for the living room.  I still have the penguin humidifier from kids, ten years old. It is just a small room humidifier. I use it in my large bedroom and it works great.  Downside is lifting the whole top off to full with water.  No reason to spend a lot

  • 2 months ago

    When you are deciding which humidifier to choose, you are likely to be confused by the various types of the machine. In general, there are three general categories of room humidifiers: evaporative, ultrasonic, and warm mist. Each type has pros and cons, indicating that you have to evaluate the qualities of each to determine which best meets the needs of your home.

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    Evaporative humidifiers are the simplest in design and provide the most basic level of services and features. The idea behind these machines is straightforward: water from the humidifier’s basin is transferred to a wick, which is next to an electric fan. The wick has a large surface area and when the fan is turned on, it blows the evaporated water into the surrounding atmosphere. 

    Pros:

    ○ The wick filter ensures that the moisturized air is completely pure, clean, and free of any minerals. 

    ○ Very low power consumption and relatively low price.

    ○ No safety concerns such as burns. 

    ○ Able to humidify a larger area.

    Cons:

    ○ Fans make more operating noise than other types of humidifiers.

    ○ Most wick filters need to be replaced approximately every 2 months, meaning that more some degree of cleaning and maintenance are required. 

    ○ Bacteria and mold can grow on wick filter, causing contamination. 

    Recommended brands: Crane, Honeywell, COSTWAY.

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    An ultrasonic humidifier uses the power of high frequency sound waves to vibrate a metal diaphragm at an "ultrasonic" frequency to create water droplets that are added to the air. 

    Pros:

    ○ The quietest humidifiers among all types.

    ○ Very energy efficient. 

    ○ No safety concerns such as burns.

    ○ Usually better than the cool mist type in terms of humidifying efficiency.

    Cons:

    ○ Bacteria and mold can easily grow in the water tank, meaning that more some degree of cleaning and maintenance are required. 

    ○ Any minerals or impurities that are present in the water are released into the air with the mist, causing white dust problem.

    Recommended brands: KEECOON, LEVOIT.

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    A warm mist humidifier uses a heating element to boil the water in the humidifier and releases it into the air in the form of a warm steam. 

    Pros:

    ○ Warm mist steam humidifiers are quieter than cool mist humidifiers.

    ○ Since the heating element boils the water, the pure steam which rises into the air is free of all minerals and impurities. No contamination concerns.

    ○ Cleaning and maintenance are rather simple.

    ○ Highest humidifying efficiency among all types.

    Cons:

    ○ Risk of burns exists, therefore it is not suitable for family with children or the elderly. 

    ○ High power consumption.

    Recommended brands: Vicks, Pure Guardian.

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    Besides these factors, you may also need to decide how much square footage you are aiming to cover and how many rooms. There are different sizes of humidifiers and they each have a different humidifier rating, as well as square footage usually covered. You may also consider your budget on humidifier as cool mist/evaporative humidifiers are generally cheaper than warm mist and ultrasonic ones. 

    Hope this would help!

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