Best humidifier review – top 7 hottest list for may. 2018 with buying guide q gas station cleveland ohio


CHECK PRICE → Introduction and Humidifier Buying Guide If you are having issues with dry skin, your eyes constantly itch, you wake up at night because of coughing and a dry throat, you get unexpected nose bleeds or you can’t live without a tube of Chapstick in your hand – particularly in the winter months – the air in your house is too dry and you need a humidifier.

Naturally, you read our buying guide first and then check out Groom+Style’s rankings of the top 7 best humidifiers. We happen to have both of them right here for your convenience. You can thank us after you feel better. Recommended Humidity Level?

Sales of humidifiers skyrocket in winter. The key reason being that cold air holds less water, so as the temperature drops the amount of moisture in the air drops and symptoms can start to appear (this also means symptoms are worse overnight as it is generally colder).

A general comfortable humidity level for people is about 40-60%. If you are experiencing any humidity related symptoms, such as congestion, then you might want to temporarily crank up the humidity level in your room to 70-80% to get some relief. Left unchecked, humidity levels in winter can drop to as low as 10%, especially as central heating units can remove even more moisture from the air.

The function of humidifiers is to put moisture back into air that’s too dry, and they generally fall into two categories: cool mist and warm mist. Since you normally need a humidifier when the weather is cold, it would be natural to assume that a warm mist model would be a better choice. In reality, they’re equally effective and there are arguments in favor of each. Warm Mist Humidifiers

The boiling process may be the healthiest option because it kills germs, but boiling water can create danger if there are children in the household. The mist from a water-heating model loses most of its warmth by the time it hits the air, so only a boiler model truly releases heat that you’d be likely to notice.

1) Evaporative models take air from a room and add moisture by passing it through a wick/filter that’s saturated with water. The humidified mist is then blown back out by a fan and the water evaporates into the air, making the atmosphere more humid.

Evaporative units are generally noiser, their filters must be replaced regularly and their mist is a bit cooler. While ultrasonic humidifiers are extremely quiet but require the use of distilled water (unless they have a filter like the BONECO) to prevent minerals from tap water being released as “white dust.”

All types of cool mist humidifiers use less electricity and can cover larger areas than warm mist models, but must be cleaned more frequently (to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria). They’re the best choice for allergy and asthma sufferers.

Some humidifiers “cross categories.” You can buy ultrasonic warm mist models, as well as ones that have both warm and cool mist capabilities. Several types of whole-home humidification systems are available as well. Ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers are the most commonly-sold units. Ideal Humidifier for Your Room Size

Large (up to 1000 square feet) and extra-large (1000+ square feet) humidifiers usually come in console form. Some have wheels and can be moved fairly easily, while others are designed to sit permanently in one spot. They have much larger tanks but are more of a chore to clean.

Several features on higher-level humidifiers, however, are extremely desirable. The best is a humidistat that automatically turns the unit on or off in order to maintain a target humidity level. Also quite helpful is a timer, which lets you (for example) set your bedroom humidifier to turn on a few hours before bedtime so your room is comfortable when you’re ready for sleep.

One final tip: most humidifier tanks, and all of those on our current list, fill from the bottom, so just ensure you have a large enough sink so you can position the tank under your faucet (or you’ll waste lots of time transferring water from tap to tank). Humidifiers and Noise

If you are a light sleeper then you can simply crank the humidifier up before bed, and either turn it off at night or buy a model with a humidistat so it will only turn on if the humidity drops below a certain level. Humidifiers and “White Dust”

If you live in an area with hard water (water with a high mineral content) then there is a chance that you might end up with “white dust” on items in your room, after using a humidifier (depending on the model). When the mist created by your humidifier lands on different surfaces and dries, mineral deposits can be left behind. For most people “white dust” is nothing more than a small annoyance (it is very simple to wipe off), but if you have allergies or lung issues then these minerals can be a problem.

1) Fill your humidifier with distilled water, or filtered water. If you live in an area with hard water then there is a chance you already filter it before drinking – maybe with something like the Britta filter Pitcher or buy installing a specialized at home water filter system?

3) Ultrasonic and impeller humidifiers typically create more white dust than evaporative and steam vaporizer models. There are no impeller models on our list, and we describe the type of humidification process each model uses so you can make an informed choice.

This Vicks humidifier can cover a 500 square foot area even though it fits nicely on a tabletop, with a one-gallon tank that is enough to last through the night (and drains completely so there’s no standing water for excessive bacteria or mold growth).

It provides a choice between three different levels of humidity with a push-button control panel (and of course, the choice between cool or warm mist); one noticeable difference between this and the more expensive units is that the Guardian’s warm mist isn’t overly warm.

This machine is very quiet, and a nice function is the ability to turn off the indicator lights while you sleep. There is no filter or demineralization cartridge included with the unit. So either buy the additional demineralization cartridge or use soft water and not hard water, or you will end up with white particles shooting out of the spout along with the mist.

The Pure Guardian is pretty and modern-looking in silver and blue, but the tank is not transparent so you’ll have to keep an eye on the low-level indicator to know when it’s time to add water. It’s also harder to take apart for cleaning than most of its competitors.

We took the range from the TaoTronics support documentation. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle of the ranges you have stated, and as with all these sizing estimates will depend upon a whole range of factors; starting humidity level, desired humidity level, time of operation, how well the room is “sealed”, temperature etc.

The TaoTronics will comfortably humidify a room of 82 square feet (about 9 meters squared) or rooms about 9 feet by 9 feet within a reasonable period of time – a rough estimate would be 2 hours. Over a longer period of time (8 hours), it would be able to humidify a room up to about 280 square feet (about 36 meters squared) or rooms about 17 feet by 17 feet – similar to the Levoit Humidifier. Specifically, from the manual TaoTronics state that “Using the unit in a space larger than 150meters squared will reduce its effectiveness.”

If you are not buying the humidifier to alleviate a sickness, and just want to deal with winter dryness, don’t mind changing out the water reservoir more often, are able to wait for the humidifier to “work” in a larger area, and do not expect the humidifier to operate at the higher humidity levels then G+S would estimate that the TaoTronics would eventually be able to work in the 400 square foot range.