Mini Split List

This page has two main sections. The first is a simple table that can help you compare a wide variety of mini split systems. The table contains basic stats about the mini splits and links to the product listing on Amazon.

The second section is a lengthy review of different 12,000 BTU mini split systems from a number of different manufacturers. These mini splits are all listed in the table. We felt that in depth reviews offered a lot of specific information that people would find useful. Directly below is a list of links that will take you to the spot on the page with the corresponding mini split review.

Pioneer WYS012-17

Senville SENA/12HF

Fujitsu 12RLS3 12,000 BTU wall mount

Gree LIVS12HP115V1B

Daikin 12,000 BTU 1 Ton mini split

LG LS120HXV

Mini Split Comparison Table

This table contains data from the mini splits we review on unhumid.com While we do make every effort to keep this ever growing list up to date, please be aware that manufacturers do make changes we may miss from time to time. If you notice an error, feel free to send an email to admin@unhumid.com

The there are two purposes for this list. The first is to provide an easy way to compare the capacities of different mini splits that are important to consumers. We also use this list to take a sample of the majority of mini split brands available on Amazon.com

Because we want to show most, if not all of the mini split brands, we will generally only feature one model from each manufacturer. All the images link to their product listings. Most manufacturers will show other available options in different voltages and capacities.

Notes on how to use this table

Sometimes manufacturers will list HSPF with a number behind it, for example HSPF4 or HSPF5. The difference is the climate zone that the rating is for. If the manufacturer does give more than one number we make a small note of which zone we have in the table.

Because HSPF is related to the winter season where you live, it is important to know which zone you live in. If you do not know the climate zone you live in, check out the map featured on the Florida Solar Energy Center’s website by clicking this link.

Mini SplitSEER / HSPFAreaMin Operating Temp
17.2 / 9.0350 – 450 sq ftunknown
22.5 / 12 (Zone 4)unknown-22 degrees F
23 / 11.6unknown-4 degrees F
33.1 / 13.5200 sq ftunknown
29.3 / 14.0unknown-5 degrees F
16.0 / 9.0unknown-4 degrees F
15.0 / 8.2unknown+5 degrees F
17.0 / 9.0unknown+14 degrees F

 

12,000 BTU Mini Split Reviews

Pioneer WYS012-17

This Pioneer mini split is a 12000 BTU unit which gives it the ability to adequately heat or cool and area of anywhere from 350 to 450 square feet. For heating purposes, it has an HSPF rating of 9.0 and for cooling the SEER is 17.2. Both of these values, the HSPF and SEER, are about average.

There is not anything specifically remarkable about the mini splits that Pioneer makes. They are very middle-of-the-road and perform reliably. Because of this they are regularly at the top of the Amazon Marketplace.

The overall cooling capacity ranges from as low as 4,560 all the way up to 16,680 BTUs per hour. This, like the heating capacity changes as the outdoor ambient temperature changes. The compressor will become more or less efficient depending on how hot or cold it is outside. The heating capacity range is the same for the number of BTUs the unit can produce in one hour.

The compressor used in the Pioneer mini split we review on his page is a variable-speed compressor. The majority of mini splits on the market today use variable speed compressors because it is much more power-efficient. It allows the compressor to work at less than full load. This allows the compressor to keep working for longer stretches of time and avoid cycling on and off.

The indoor unit is a relatively quiet system. When the fan is running at top speed it generates about 40.5 decibels and at low speeds the fan produces 24.0 decibels. For reference normal conversation is rated at 60 decibels and a household refrigerator can be anywhere from 55 to 45 decibels. The outdoor unit produces 54 decibels when the compressor is running.

Just like with the heating and cooling capacities, these decibel levels are right in the middle when compared to other mini splits. Adding this mini split to the space you are trying to heat or cool will not significantly impact the ambient noise levels that are most likely already present.

At the highest fan speed the indoor unit circulates 294 cubic feet per minute. This goes all the way down to 141 cubic minute with the fan on low. These flow rates are comparable to air purifiers on the market today. When it comes to filtering the air, 294 cubic feet per minute is similar to air purifiers designed to treat spaces larger than 500 square feet. This is great when it comes to maintaining indoor air quality. However, it does not change the recommended room size of 350 to 450 square feet when it comes to heating and cooling.

The WYS012-17 needs a power supply of 110 to 120 volts at 60 hertz. This mini-split is single phase. The refrigerant type is R-410A. this is the most common type of refrigerant. Previously R22 was available but it is illegal in the United States today. R22 has been shown to damage the ozone layer. R-410A is able to be compressed more than R22 and this makes it more efficient. In short, using R-410A is good for the environment and for your heating and cooling bill.

We recommend looking to Pioneer for a mini split if you do not have any extreme requirements like operating in very low temperatures or a great vertical distance between the placement of the compressor and the indoor unit. The WYS012-17 is the best mini split for single room applications under normal conditions in climate zone 4.

Senville SENA/12HF

The Senville 12HF is another 12,000 BTU mini-split system with the same heating and cooling capacity as the Pioneer WYS012-17. One difference between the 12HF and the Pioneer mini split is that this one needs 208 to 230 volts of electricity.

The Senville 12 HF has a SEER of 22.5. This is starting to get into the higher ranges of what is available on the market today. However, we do review some mini splits on this page that have a SEER of over 30. In the case of this mini split the manufacturer provided two different HSPF ratings. Some manufacturers will do the extra math and let you know what the rating is for different climate zones. Senville gives the HSPF4 for climate zone 4 as 12. The HSPF5 for climate zone 5 is 9.9.

One of the unique features that really makes this mini-split stand out from the crowd is the ability to operate in outdoor ambient temperatures as low as -22 degrees Fahrenheit. This is one of the lowest outdoor operating temperatures we have seen in all our research on mini split systems.

This mini split system uses a GMCC compressor that runs off R-410A refrigerant. The entire system needs 52.9 oz of refrigerant. It comes with 25 ft of pre-charged refrigerant line. For each additional foot of refrigerant line you will need 0.161 oz of refrigerant. You can have up to a maximum of 82 feet of refrigerant pipe going between the compressor and the indoor unit.

One thing to keep in mind when you have a very long refrigerant line is that the efficiency of the compressor has a tendency to go down. However the manufacturer does state that you can use 82 feet of refrigerant pipe. When it comes to the maximum height difference, this mini splits and can have the compressor off set from the indoor unit by a maximum of 33 feet in elevation.

The indoor unit has a very high cubic feet per minute for air flow at 418 with the fan on high. This is great because you will get a ton of air circulation with the fan on high. The downside to the powerful fan is that it does produce 43 decibels, which puts it at about the same noise level as a household refrigerator. With the fan all the way on low it only produces 24 decibels of noise making it about the same as a whisper. Even with the fan on the low setting it still circulates air at a rate of 247 cubic feet per minute.

We recommend looking to Senville for a mini split if you do need a mini split that operates in very low temperatures. One of the disadvantages this mini split system has when compared to other mini splits designed to operate in super low temperature conditions is a very low HSPF. Other manufacturers like Fujitsu and Mitsubishi make mini splits that have much better HSPFs. The downside there is a much higher price than Senville.

Fujitsu 12RLS3 12,000 BTU wall mount

This Fujitsu heating and air conditioning mini split system is rated at 12,000 BTUs and it is one of the most efficient systems we review on this page. It has a SEER of 29.3 and an HSPF of 14.

When you are using this mini-split to cool your home the range of BTUs it can produce starts at 3,100 and goes up to 13,600 per hour. When it comes to heating this mini-split is rated at 16,000 BTUs with a minimum of 3,100 all the way up to a maximum of 22,000 per hour. The ranges in the BTUs comes from the efficiencies lost or gained based on the outdoor air temperature.

The 12RLS3 needs a range of 208 to 230 volts to operate. The compressor uses the R-410A refrigerant and requires a charge of 2 lbs 14 oz of refrigerant. The minimum operating temperature for the outdoor ambient temperature is -5 degrees Fahrenheit. The outdoor unit can be as loud as 47 decibels, similar to all the other mini split systems we review on this page.

One of the more interesting things about this mini split is that the maximum length of the refrigerant line is 65 feet. This by itself is not remarkable. Thing that is remarkable is that the maximum height difference between the compressor and the indoor unit is 49 feet. This means is possible to use this mini split system in a multi-story building with the compressor on the ground floor.

This can be a huge advantage in winter. If you need to keep the condenser on the roof of the building there can be a problem with the water that it produces freezing and turning to ice. If you experience long winters the ice can build up over time. This can lead much more ice accumulation than you would expect from just snowfall.

We recommend looking to Fujitsu for a mini split if you are in climate zone 5 or lower and want a very efficient system. Additionally, the Fujitsu 12RLS3 is the best mini split if you have a unique setup with a big height difference between the indoor unit and the compressor.

Gree LIVS12HP115V1B

Here we have a 12,000 BTU mini-split system made by the company Gree. Like all the other mini split systems on this page that uses the R-410A refrigerant. It has a SEER of 16 and HSPF of 9. These are pretty close to the numbers that the Pioneer WYS012-17 and Senville SENZ/12HF put up. Another similarity it shares with the Pioneer model is that this unit can also run off 115 volts.

One area where the Gree LIVS12HP115V1B really shines is when the indoor unit is on high. It is capable of circulating air at a rate of 400 cubic feet per minute. While it is not the best it is very close to the 418 that the Senville circulates. The strong fan on indoor unit also produces decibel levels that are a little bit higher than other mini splits. With the fan on low it generates 29 decibels. This is still within whisper range but other units like the Senville 12HF produce about 24 decibels with their fans on low.

When this mini-split is in heating mode the btu range starts at 3,412 BTUs per hour and tops out at 15,013. The cooling capacity is similar, starting at 3,753 and going all the way up to 12,500 BTUs per hour.

Gree provided a little bit more detail when it comes to the heating capacity at a given outdoor temperature. At 47 degrees Fahrenheit the unit is capable of producing 13,000 BTUs per hour. At 17 degrees Fahrenheit mini split puts out 7,600 BTUs per hour. It can operate all the way down to negative 4 degrees Fahrenheit.

This drop in output is normal and experienced by all mini split compressors. If you remember the other mini splits also had ranges for heating and cooling capacities. The difference is just that Gree provided the specific temperatures and outputs.

The refrigerant pipe lengths can go up to 66 feet long and can tolerate an elevation change of 33 feet. If you remember the Fujitsu mini splits it had a maximum length of 65 feet but was able to function with a maximum height difference of 49 feet.

This Gree Mini split system is capable of removing 2.96 pints of moisture from the air per hour. This is similar to the LG mini split system we review further down the page which can remove 2.8 pints of moisture from the air per hour.

We recommend looking to Gree for a mini split if you do not have any extreme requirements like operating in very low temperatures or a great vertical distance between the placement of the compressor and the indoor unit. The Gree LIVS12HP115V1B is the best mini split for single room applications under normal conditions in climate zone 4.

Daikin 12,000 BTU 1 ton Mini Split

Daikin uses somewhat lengthy model number to refer to their mini split components. The system we review is the FRXN12NMVJU for the indoor unit and the TRXN12NMVJU for the outdoor unit. Like the others on this page this is a 12,000 BTU unit. The compressor uses R-410A refrigerant and requires 2.1 lbs of refrigerant to operate efficiently. This system requires 208 to 230 volts of electricity to operate.

The heating output begins at 4,400 BTUs per hour and go all the way up to 14,000. The HSPF is 8.2 which is one of the lowest that we have reviewed on this page. The SEER is also low at 15. Cooling output starts at 4,400 BTUs per hour just like the heating capacity. However the coolant capacity tops out at 13,000 BTUs per hour, just short of the heating BTU’s.

One place where the Daikin mini splits does shine is its dehumidification capacity. It is capable of removing 0.5 gallons of moisture from the air per hour. This is 4 pints. The other mini splits on this page that listed their dehumidification capacities or less than 3 pints per hour.

Another very nice feature of the Daikin mini-split is the fan speeds available on the indoor unit. When it is on super low it circulates 141 cubic feet of air per minute and only produces 19 decibels of sound. This is by far the lowest of any mini split we have encountered. Also when the fan is on high it can circulate 424 cubic feet of air per minute. This just beats out the senville model which came in at a maximum of 418 cubic feet per minute. So if indoor air quality in addition to heating and cooling needs is important to you the Daikin mini split is your best choice.

The maximum length of the refrigerant piping is 49 feet. This mini split system can also tolerate a difference of 39 feet in elevation between the compressor and the indoor unit. This is just short of the Fujitsu model but it is still pretty high.

The outdoor unit operates at 52 decibels of noise. This is about the same volume as moderate rainfall or a household refrigerator. Like most of the mini split systems on this page, using it will not add significant amounts of ambient noise to the environment.

We recommend looking to Daikin for a mini split if you are concerned with indoor air quality in addition to heating and cooling. The FRXN12NMVJU and the TRXN12NMVJU pair up to make the best mini split for your garage or basement. The high dehumidification capacity can help deal with the excess moisture commonly found in these places.

LG LS120HXV

This mini split system by LG is rated for 12,000 BTUs per hour. It has a SEER of 17.0 and an HSPF of 9.0. Like the Pioneer and Gree mini splits we reviewed on this page it also uses 115 volts of electricity. The biggest drawback to the LS120HXV is the minimum outdoor temperature. This mini split system will only provide heat when the outdoor temperature is 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

The heating capacity of this mini split begins at 1,023 BTUs per hour and goes all the way up to 13,785. On the other side the coolant capacity also begins at 1,023 BTUs per hour and goes all the way up to 22,178. This is one of the bigger differences we have seen between heating and cooling capacities. there is no apparent reason for this based on the available specifications. We are not questioning the manufacturer’s statement, just making an observation.

Like all modern mini split heating and cooling system the refrigerant type. This compressor and its lines require 1.98 lb of refrigerant to function. It has a dehumidification capacity of 2.8 pints per hour. This is within normal ranges while the Daikin model at four pints per hour was exceptional.

At the lowest speed the indoor units can circulate 124 cubic feet of air per minute. At the highest speed it circulates 272 cubic feet of air per minute. These numbers are very middle-of-the-road. Unfortunately, we were unable to find the decibels of sound produced by the indoor unit. There is not a reason to expect the noise generated by this indoor unit would be much different that the others we have reviewed so far.

The recommended maximum length of refrigerant line is 49.2 ft and the maximum recommended elevation change of refrigerant line is 23 feet. Again, these numbers are very middle-of-the-road there is nothing exceptionally high or low about them.

We recommend looking to LG for a mini split if you do not have any extreme requirements like operating in very low temperatures or a great vertical distance between the placement of the compressor and the indoor unit. The LS120HXV is the best mini split for single room applications under normal conditions in climate zone 4 or 3. The very high cooling BTUs per hour are similar to the pricier Fujitsu 12RLS3. This is the best mini split for cooling if you are looking for one with a lower price tag.


Additional Mini Split Resources

Here is a comprehensive list of mini split articles published on unhumid.com

Best Ductless Mini Split Air Conditioner & Heat Pump

Best Mini Split Heat Pump for Cold Weather

What’s the Best Humidifier for Dry Skin and Allergies?

Dealing with dry skin and allergies is a huge pain, but humidifiers can be the saving grace that helps you combat their symptoms.

Knowing the attributes that specific humidifiers have to alleviate your symptoms, is your first step toward improved health.

Read on to learn about the best humidifier for dry skin and allergies.

What’s a Humidifier and Why Do I Need One?

The first step in finding a humidifier best for you is to understand what it is and what it can do for you. A humidifier is a device that emits water vapor into the air to increase the current level of relative humidity in a confined location (i.e., a room in your house.)

Humidifiers can come in various sizes, shapes, and types. These different types include:

Console humidifiers: Enclosed in upright cabinets or boxes and designed for floor use;

Portable humidifiers: Mobile devices that are smaller and easily sit on table tops;

Central humidifiers: System/s built directly into a home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system to humidify the entire house;

Ultrasonic humidifiers: Devices that create a cool mist with ultrasonic sound vibrations;

Impeller or “Cool Mist” humidifiers: Appliances that use a high-speed rotating dish to generate a cool mist;

Evaporators: Equipment that uses a fan to blow moisture into the air through either a moistened belt, wick, or filter;

Steam vaporizer: A device that heats water with either electrodes or an electrical heating element to create steam.

You can read more details about each of these humidifier models here.

Increased levels of water vapor in the air are especially helpful in treating dry skin and fighting indoor allergies. Increased moisture helps the thin layer of natural lipids coating our skin do their job to preserve moisture within our epidermal skin cells.

Increased moisture can also soothe allergic reactions such as stuffiness or itchiness in the nose, mouth, and throat can occur when allergens invade your system.

Humidifiers: Does One Size Fit All?

The short answer to that question is “no.”

It’s important to differentiate here, between dry skin and skin allergies when considering the best humidifier for you.

Skin allergies are usually limited to one, specific area on the body that has direct contact with the allergen causing sensitivity. Dry skin usually involves overall body dryness and skin flaking along with other symptoms such as chapped lips.

Humidifier for Dry Skin

Humidity is a natural moisturizer that can relieve dryness or cracked skin during either the driest of summers or the coldest of winters. Any of the humidifier models and types listed above can help soothe rough skin.

Experts agree that ideal indoor relative humidity should be around 40-50% to ensure comfort, avoid condensation on flat surfaces, or prevent the growth of molds inside.

Taotronics Cool Mist Humidifier may be your best for fighting dry skin. It has adjustable vapor and humidity levels. It also comes with a built-in timer and sleep mode to allow you to repair cracked skin while you sleep.

Humidifier for Allergies

While humidifiers can help soothe allergy side effects, they can also be the cause for aggravating people with certain mold or dust allergies as well. Spores and other bacterial organisms will grow inside humidifiers if they aren’t cleaned properly, thus making current allergies worse.

It’s important to perform regular humidifier maintenance and clean it regularly so bacteria doesn’t grow in the unit and diffuse into the air.

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier may be ideal for people with allergies. It doesn’t need a filter (where mold and other organisms might hide) and it uses heated vapor that kills up to 95% of any bacteria and spores that might get left behind.

Other Considerations When Choosing a Humidifier

Size/portability: Humidifiers come in all sizes whether they be on your tabletop or a permanent fixture on a wall in your house. Choose an appliance that will fit into your current home and effectively circulate the air throughout your space.

Consider purchasing a portable humidifier if you travel frequently in order to continue the health benefits both at home and on the road.

Price range: Humidifiers come in a variety of price ranges, anywhere from twenty dollars to over a hundred dollars. Prices will vary, depending on the number of different features each unit provides.

Consider your goals before you spend big bucks on a feature you don’t need. If you are only looking to relieve cracked skin, perhaps the more expensive models that don’t use filters might not be a priority for you.

What’s Next? Let’s Go Shopping!

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The Best Air Purifier for Chemical Sensitivity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) is a real condition that affects millions of Americans. One survey by the American Public Health Association found that 12.6% of their respondents claimed to have an unusual sensitivity to chemicals compared to others.

If you suffer from MCS, you need the best room air purifier to help improve your quality of life. You can’t control every chemical that enters your home, but you can help remove some of the unwanted smells through a sufficient air purifier.

According to the Woodworking Network, “As of Friday, June 1, it is illegal to manufacture or import composite wood products in the U.S. if they contain excessive amounts of formaldehyde.” This is an important step in protecting the air in your home from gaseous indoor air pollutants.

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Activated Carbon Air Filters

Activated carbon filters are one of the few ways to deal with gaseous indoor air pollutants like fumes, smoke and smells. Activated carbon filters specialize in removing volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and formaldehyde from the air. Other ways to manage gaseous pollutant include removing the source or ventilation. The air purifiers we review later in this article feature activated carbon filters.

Finding the Best Room Air Purifier

If you suffer from MCS, you know how unavoidable chemicals can be. Irritants are everywhere, from cigarette smoke to cleaning supplies to perfume.

The best you can hope for is a proper air purifier to find comfort in your home.

There are a few elements you need to consider on your search for the best room air purifier. First and foremost, you’ll want to start with the filter.

Get the Right Filter

These days, most air purifiers come with a HEPA filter. These filters will do wonders for the air quality in your home, and you should never consider a purify without this certification.

If you want a higher degree of air quality certainty, go with a filter certified by the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resource Board. This organization has a list of filters that will likely fit your air purifying needs.

Unfortunately, not all of these air purifiers remove some of the everyday fumes that bother those with MCS. Fumes aren’t the same as air pollutants, so you need a device with a carbon filter to tackle these irritating smells.

A Powerful Fan

An air purifier is only as powerful as the motor of the fan it uses. If the fan doesn’t suck the fumes and pollutants out of the air, it doesn’t matter how fantastic the filter might be.

Check the specifications on the fan, and buy the best one you can find. The ideal combination would be a powerful fan with a filter that’s high in carbon.

Check the Room Size

One mistake people often make while shopping for an air purifier is forgetting to check the room size. The CADR, or Clean Air Delivery Rate, is an easy way to compare air purifiers between brands. According to AHAM, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the CADR on an air purifier should be two-thirds the area of the room in square feet. An average bedroom is 120 square feet which would need an air purifier with a clean air delivery rate of 80.

You need an air purifier that will tackle the room you’re trying to purify. Take the dimensions of your room (or rooms), then take a look at purifiers that fill the space.

To be safe, always buy a unit that will cover a larger room than the one in which you intend to put the purifier. Companies tend to exaggerate in their claims and don’t always live up to the dimensions they advertise.

The Best Air Purifier for Chemical Sensitivity

After considering all of the above, the most important feature you need in an air purifier to help with a chemical sensitivity is a VOC sensor. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. They are responsible for causing allergy flare ups in people with chemical sensitivities.

Winix makes the best air purifiers with VOC sensors. The Winix 5300-2 is one of their most affordable options from their product line up. Whirlpool also has several air purifiers with built-in VOC sensors.

The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images include all the the air purifiers we review on this page as well as a few others that have active carbon filters.

Compare and Contrast

Take a look at the specifications of a few different models now that you know what to look for in an air purifier. Ideally, you want an air purifier that has a carbon filter, a powerful fan and is large enough to fit your room.

Want some more tips on what to look for in air cleaning products? Check out our blog for everything you need to know!

Dehumidifier or Air Purifier for Allergies?

The air in our homes is full of particulate matter or pollutants that can aggravate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.

Recent research even showed that exposure to air pollutants commonly found in the home can decrease your life expectancy!

Luckily there are devices that can reduce and prevent these types of pollutants in our homes, but which should you use?

Read on for the 3 questions that will help you determine the winner of an air purifier vs dehumidifier.

Air Purifier Vs Dehumidifier: What Do They Actually Do?

Here’s some basic information about the differences between air purifiers and dehumidifiers.

Air Purifiers

Air purifiers suction air through a series of filters that trap allergy-inducing particles and then recirculate clean air back into the room.

They usually feature a few different types of filters to make sure that even the smallest microparticles can’t recirculate.

Dehumidifiers

A dehumidifier filters moisture particles out of the air. In climates with high humidity or bathrooms or kitchens without fans, moist air can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Not only are these growths allergy-inducing, they’re poisonous!

Dehumidifiers simply remove the excess moisture from the air that would allow those things to grow.

What Are You Allergic To?

The next question is obvious! Now that you know what allergens these devices combat, it’s easier to choose an air purifier vs dehumidifier for your specific allergy needs!

If your allergies include pet hair, dust, pollen, or smoke (or other odors) then an air purifier is the way to go! Some are even allergic to the micro dust in cat litter (see this post for some recommendations if this is you).

If mold, mildew, or other moisture-related allergens are the source of your sneezing then the dehumidifier is the clear choice.

But remember, while an air purifier can trap mold and mildew particles it doesn’t prevent them from forming. So if you live in a region with an average of 50% humidity or higher you may want to consider a dehumidifier which prevents additional moisture-related allergens.

If your symptoms are caused by a combination of air pollutants and moisture-related pollutants, the solution might be to try using both devices.

Which one do I need?

We did the work for you! We’ve searched Amazon for the highest rated, most purchased air purifiers and dehumidifiers and this is what we found.

Both of the following models are available on Amazon with prime shipping. They both have great ratings and a high number of reviews. This is important because it shows a lot of people have purchased these items and also had positive experiences.

Both products are appropriately sized for use in a home. Most home models are for single room use, so some customers bought multiple units for different rooms in their home.

And because of their compact design, they’re much quieter than their industrial counterparts.

Air Purifier: GermGuardian

We are big fans of GermGuardian products. They have a solid lineup of air purifiers designed for different situations. We have specific reviews of GermGuardian air purifiers here, here and here! To keep things simple for this article we recommend one appropriately sized for a single room, the GermGuardian AC4825.

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Dehumidifier: Frigidaire

When it comes to dehumidifiers to help with allergies we recommend Frigidaire dehumidifiers. Since they have many different models and sizes, start by looking at the 70 pint models. There are two reasons for this – 70 pint models have a high capacity water reservoir and they can treat a large space.

High capacity reservoirs need to be emptied less often. Once the reservoir is full, the dehumidifier stops working and you have lost control over the humidity in your home.

70 pint dehumidifiers can work on spaces up to 4,000 square feet. With a capacity this high, in most cases, you will be able to purchase a single dehumidifier for your entire home.

When it comes to specific models we recommend the Frigidaire 70-Pint Dehumidifier with Effortless Humidity Control. It is certified by ENERGY STAR and UL, so you can trust your dehumidifier to save you money on your energy bill and operate in a safe and consistent manner.


Dehumidifier or Air Purifier for Allergies?

Once you’ve established the culprit behind your sniffles, it’s easy to determine which device should be used in your home.

Next up: Best Air Purifier for Bacteria and Viruses.

What Type of Humidifier is Best for Allergies?

Close to 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Sometimes the symptoms are simply annoying, and other times they’re severe enough to disrupt your day-to-day life.

Luckily, many sufferers have found that using a humidifier for allergies brings them much-needed relief.

Before you run out and buy a humidifier, however, it’s important to understand that they’re not all created equal. In fact, if you choose the wrong one, it can actually exacerbate your allergy symptoms.

Here are 6 tips to help you find the perfect humidifier for your home.

1. When Buying a Humidifier for Allergies, Skip the Ultrasonic Models

Many homeowners opt for ultrasonic humidifiers because they’re whisper-quiet. Unfortunately, the cool mist they emit can also create a phenomenon called white dust, which can make your allergies worse.

If reducing allergy symptoms is your goal, an evaporative or warm mist (steam-based) humidifier is a far better option. Check out this article, about the best room humidifiers, where we review the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier. Otherwise, we have included a functional search bar in the ad below. It has been prefilled to show the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier we review in the other article. Feel free to use it to explore similar products on Amazon. Click on any of the images to be taken to the product listing.

2. Choose a Humidifier with Oil or Vapor Compatibility

Humidifiers that also function as essential oil diffusers are becoming increasingly popular solutions for people with allergies. We have another blog post that covers the best humidifier and diffuser combo. Using a large-room essential oil diffuser year-round can help adjust your mood and alleviate an array of physical ailments. Some essential oils are exceptionally good for treating allergy symptoms.

When looking for a humidifier for allergies, you’ll want one that allows you to add your oils directly inside. You can check out this link to read more about our top pick for essential oil diffusers for a large room, the URPOWER 1000ml Essential Oil Diffuser.

3. Dust Filters Are Critical for Proper Functioning

The best humidifier in the world is only as good as the air it circulates. Make sure the one you choose uses high-quality filters to remove pathogens, dust, and other contaminants. You must also regularly clean and maintain your humidifier so it doesn’t grow mildew or mold.


To further reduce contaminants, consider a freestanding air purifier in your larger rooms. This can help remove viruses and bacteria throughout your home, decreasing the chances that you’ll get sick and feel even worse than you already do.

4. Understand Your Size Options

Decide whether you need a humidifier to cover your entire home or a single room. Some people find that using a humidifier in their bedroom at night is sufficient. Others prefer all-day relief.

Check the square-footage your humidifier is designed to cover. Remember, if you have high ceilings, you may need a humidifier that’s designed for more than your actual home size.

5. Maintenance Requirements are Important

Proper maintenance is important. A small, one-room humidifier will need daily cleaning.

Whole-house humidifiers vary, depending on the size and quality. Some need to be cleaned once a month while others can go for up to a year.

Don’t make the mistake of purchasing something you don’t have the time or energy to maintain. Otherwise, the device can end up doing more harm than good.

6. What’s the Best Type of Humidifier for Allergies?

There are few things as important as the air you breathe. Don’t leave your humidifier-buying decision up to chance, and don’t settle for reading manufacturer’s claims.

Take the time to read customer reviews online and on social media. Consider the pros and cons they mention. Specifically look for any input about whether the unit you’re considering helped other people with their allergy issues.

Now that you know what you’re looking for, you’re well on your way to finding relief for those nasty allergy symptoms.

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Air Purifier vs Humidifier: Which is Better for Allergies?

Knowing the difference between an air purifier vs humidifier can be the trick to combating your allergies.

Contrary to popular belief, the two terms are not interchangeable. They each offer specific functions and benefits, especially when it comes to your health.

Discover the difference between the two and which one you should choose to keep your allergies in check.

Air Purifier vs Humidifier: What’s the Difference?

The main difference between humidifiers and air purifiers is how they function.

Air purifiers are designed to cleanse the indoor air from pollutants. Dust, smoke, bacteria, and allergens like pollen and pet dander are removed from the air.

However, they do nothing to control the air’s humidity levels. That’s what humidifiers are for. Humidifiers put moisture into the air, though they do nothing to clean the air.

When to Use an Air Purifier

Air purifiers are ideal for specific symptoms. Sneezing, rashes, respiratory problems or allergies can be reduced with an air purifier.

If you’re not sure about your air quality, you can have your air tested to find out exactly what’s floating around your home. However, if you would like to keep things simple, look for an air purifier with a built-in sensor to measure the levels of volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, in the air. These types of air purifiers simplify keeping your home’s air clean and safe.


When to Use a Humidifier

Dry air can cause discomfort, which is why many people use humidifiers in the winter. Humidifiers are great at combatting dry skin, chapped lips, and nosebleeds.

You can purchase external devices that measure a room’s humidity levels. When it drops below a certain amount, you can run a humidifier to get back to an optimal level.

However, there is such a thing as too much humidity. You won’t want to run a humidifier constantly. The right humidity level can help fight against mold growth and moisture problems.

The EPA recommends indoor air humidity should remain between 30-60%. The best humidifiers come with a built in humidistat. This allows them to automatically regulate how much moisture they add into the air.

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Which One Wins the Allergy Battle?

When determining whether to use an air purifier vs humidifier, understand that both are essential for maintaining a healthy indoor environment.

Just as you wouldn’t want to drink dirty water, you also don’t want to inhale dirty air. Doing so can induce a variety of symptoms, such as sneezing, nosebleeds, and itchy or dry skin.

However, if you want to fend off allergens, the air purifier is the clear choice.

Keeping your air free of contaminants is key to reducing your allergy-related symptoms.

You might also benefit from having a humidifier to keep nasal passages moist.

You can purchase single-function air purifiers. Or, you could opt for a combination unit that controls both the air quality and humidity levels. Combination units are a great way to save space and money.

If your allergies are severe, you might want to opt for a built-in air purification system. These systems are installed professionally in your home’s HVAC system.

They work to maintain clean air throughout your home without having move portable units from room to room.

Wrap Up

When it comes to air purifier vs humidifier, both have a useful purpose in your home. Both can help lessen allergy symptoms, but air purifiers have the bigger advantage.

To find out more about choosing the best air purifier for your needs, take a look at some of our product reviews.

Portable Evaporative Air Cooler VS Humidifier: Which One Do You Need?

Every day, we inhale harmful air pollutants such as smoke, fungus, and potent chemicals in our own homes.

The thing is, we don’t always know the signs of airborne pollutants until it’s too late, but thankfully air purifiers are here to help.

Let’s talk about the whether you need a portable evaporative cooler or a humidifer to purify the air in your home.

Portable evaporative cooler

These are mainly for those who live in hot and dry climates and are looking to circulate their indoor air with fresh outside air.

Also known as swamp coolers, these devices naturally use already soaked pads in order to cool the air in your room. Unlike air conditioning systems, who draw moisture out of the air, evaporative coolers push moisture in the air in order to create a fresher atmosphere for your home.

What are the benefits?

Not only is a portable evaporative cooler more economical, but it does a heck of a job bringing in fresh air into the room!

Because the device adds a thin layer of moisture to the area and disposes of stale air – swamp coolers are always the healthier option because naturally, they reduce allergens.

Where does it fit?

The cool thing about a portable evaporative cooler is that they come in every size to fit your needs. Because they are naturally designed to work throughout the whole house, you are able to select the size and model that is convenient for you.

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Humidifier

Humidifiers are mainly those who live in colder, dry climates. Often used to help with snoring, stuffy noses, and other medical reasons- humidifiers are a must-have when it comes to purifying the air in your home!

What is it?

Similar to evaporative coolers, humidifiers also add moisture to the air, but they do not cool the air. Remember how we said that portable evaporative coolers brought fresh air from outside? Well, humidifiers work to add moisture and purify the air that is already indoors.

What are the benefits?

Fun fact: Did you know that humidifiers can help with eczema?

Even though humidifiers aren’t generally designed to be the “coolest” guy in the room, there are tons of makes and that will improve the quality of your home. From cool-mist humidifiers to warm-mist ones, there are endless humidifiers that will help purify the air in your home.

Humidifiers, Bacteria and Viruses

The EPA regularly conducts a Community Water System Survey. In the last survey took place in 2006 and it indicates not all community water systems treat their water.

It is reasonable to assume there are unwanted contaminants in your drinking water. (Remember Flint, Michigan?) If you use a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home be sure you take steps to clean the water.  If you can find an evaporative air cooler with this feature let us know! We scoured the market looking for a product with these features and it simply does not exist.

There are also humidifiers that comes equipped with ultraviolet lights designed to destroy bacteria, viruses and molds that may be present in water. The two top models are the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier and the Vicks V3900 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier.

Check out this article that provides an in-depth review of the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier. Alternatively, check out either of these products on Amazon by clicking the links below.

Where does it fit?

Humidifiers are originally designed to work through limited space. Because of the way they are built, humidifiers are usually limited to one or two rooms.

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Portable Evaporative Cooler VS Humidifier

Depending on what you’re looking for, either of these two purifiers can serve to improve the air quality of your home. If you’re searching for that cold, refreshing, crisp-air feel, for your home- a portable evaporative air cooler will be your best bet. But if you’re looking to add moisture for therapeutic and/or medical reasons- go with a humidifier. You won’t be disappointed!

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Best Humidifier for Singers

If you’re a singer you’ve probably heard time and time again to make sure you stay hydrated to protect your vocal cords. But did you know that owning a humidifier for singers can help as well?

According to voicecouncil.com, you can “help your body maintain optimal hydration levels by keeping the air in your home (especially your bedroom) at 40% humidity.”

Why You Need a Humidifier For Singers

Humidifiers aren’t specifically made for singers but rather for anyone that prefers to keep their nasal passages and throat moist. Especially those that suffer from sinus issues or allergies because breathing in dry air can make those conditions worse.

Unfortunately, winter temperatures don’t only affect you when you’re outside. The combination of closed windows and a cranked up thermostat indoors will easily make the air inside very dry.

The same goes for hot climates like Florida summers for example where you are indoors with the windows shut and the air conditioner running non-stop. Both heat and air conditioning can make the air you’re living in, non-humid.

As a singer breathing in dry air continuously can cause damage to your vocal cords, which could bring on serious consequences such as not being able to perform. But there’s no need to concern yourself with that when it’s easily preventable by making a simple change.

All you have to do is purchase a humidifier for singers!

We recommend the Vick’s Personal Steam Inhaler. The design of the Vicks Personal Steam Inhaler makes it the best humidifier for singers with sore throats. The plastic hood covers your mouth and nose to deliver soothing moisture to your vocal cords and throat. There are easy to use controls that regulate the amount and temperature of the steam. Both of these options are important to keep you comfortable while using the personal humidifier.

Personal steam inhalers, as their name implies, heat water to humidify the air coming out of the inhaler. Since the air is warmer it can ‘hold’ more water. Basically, warmer air means more water vapor can exist in it. This would be an example where absolute humidity vs relative humidity comes into play. For a more technical read, check out this link.

Cool mist humidifiers are not good solutions for treating dry throats. Cool mist humidifiers work by agitating the water in their tank with very small vibrations. These vibrations send microscopic water droplets into the air. Unfortunately this allows the water to carry with it any minerals with it as very fine dust. Sometimes you may find this dust settling on furniture and other things near the humidifier. Breathing in this dust is sure to cause irritation.

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How to Choose a Humidifier for Singers

If you don’t know where to start when selecting a humidifier, or if the concept of using a humidifier is completely new to you, don’t worry, it’s quite simple. All a humidifier does as its name suggests is increase the level of humidity in the air.

You can buy one that will do this for your entire living space or one that will just do this for the room you spend the most time in. Taking into consideration how big your living space is and what your budget is, you’ll be able to find one that will best suit your needs.

Amazon offers all kinds of humidifiers that range in style, size, shape, and cost.

Humidifiers Can Also Help Heal You Faster

Another benefit of using a humidifier for singers is if you do get sick, it’ll help heal you faster. There’s nothing worse than not being able to perform because you have a cough and a scratchy throat.

Breathing in dry air at home can make it harder to recover from respiratory illnesses which affect your ability to sing. When you add moisture to the air it’ll aid in your recovery by providing relief to coughing and adding moisture to your body.

Some humidifiers also double as an essential oil diffuser which can further speed up your recovery.

Visit Unhumid for any unanswered questions you may still have about humidifiers. They are the top source for home comfort product reviews that you can read in the comfort of your own home.

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Best Air Purifier for Bacteria and Viruses

Take a deep breath. How does the air feel? How does it smell? Do you trust that the air in your home is clean?

It is definitely NOT clean!

A 17-week study of two cities in Texas shows that there are up to 2,000 dangerous microbes present in the air that we breathe every day! Some of these germs are the ones that can cause diarrhea and ulcers in humans! Gross!

It is vital to make sure you are scrubbing your air clean of these harmful bacteria and viruses so you can protect yourself and your family in your own home.

Read on to learn about the best home air purifier we could find and how you can get one.

What You Need to Know About Air Purifiers

The market is flooded with air purifiers that make various claims about what they can do for you. It can be overwhelming to sort through the heap.

A good thing to note is that the best home air purifier may not be the cheapest one, so don’t sort the list with that in mind.

A common phrase that describes air purifiers is HEPA filter. HEPA is an acronym meaning High-Efficiency Particle Arrestance. These kinds of filters have at least 99.97% filtration rates to meet required standards.

If you are trying to scrub the air of bacteria and viruses, you also want to look for an air purifier that boasts germicidal properties. For home purifiers, the germicidal quality is usually provided by a UV light inside the unit.

UVGI Air Cleaners, Viruses and Bacteria

Both air purifiers we review on this page include ultraviolet lights to treat the filtered air. These lights are inside the purifier and pose no risk to people or pets in the room. Air purifiers that use ultraviolet lights to sanitize the air they purify are called ultraviolet germicidal irradiation cleaners, or UVGI cleaners for short. The light they use are designed to destroy air borne pathogens like bacteria, viruses and mold.

UVGI Air Cleaners and Mold Allergies

The ultraviolet light these air cleaners use does a great job destroying mold spores so they cannot gain a foothold and establish a colony. However, dead mold will still cause an allergic reaction in people who suffer from mold allergies. Make sure your air purifier has a HEPA filter if removing mold spores is a priority for you.

The Best Air Purifier for Bacteria and Viruses

After scouring Amazon for the best home air purifier that would remove bacteria and viruses from the air, one model rose to the top.

The Surround Air Multi Tech II XJ-3000D is currently rated very well with Amazon users. Some of the key features are a HEPA filter for dust, UV lamp and ionizer for bacteria and micro-organisms, and a carbon filter for smoke or chemicals.

This air purifier also boasts low energy operation and inexpensive replacement costs and it is quiet when running. The Surround can sanitize the air in a rather large room up to 600 square feet.

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The Surround can be a bit pricey, but it is well worth it for the air scouring power you receive.

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, we have you covered!

The Hamilton Beach 04162 air purifier has many of the same features, such as HEPA filter and UV light to remove dust as well as microbes, but it is much more gentle on your wallet.

The lower price point may be an issue if you have a large room though. The Hamilton Beach version can only clean the air in a room of 350 square feet or smaller.

Humidifiers, Bacteria and Viruses

The EPA regularly conducts a Community Water System Survey. In the last survey took place in 2006 and it indicates not all community water systems treat their water.

It is reasonable to assume there are unwanted contaminants in your drinking water. (Remember Flint, Michigan?) If you use a humidifier in addition to an air purifier be sure you take steps to clean the water.

There are also humidifiers that comes equipped with ultraviolet lights designed to destroy bacteria, viruses and molds that may be present in water. The two top models are the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier and the Vicks V3900 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier. Check out this article that provides an in-depth review of the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier. Alternatively, check out either of these products on Amazon by clicking the links below.

Need More Help Cleaning Your Air?

The world of home air purifiers is very confusing and packed with brands and models that do not perform the way they claim or may not work for your home.

If you have any other questions about home air purifiers or if you would like to give us your thoughts and experiences, contact us today!

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Best Rated Solar Attic Fan

Anyone looking for an eco-friendly solution to home cooling should consider a solar fan. These vents can improve the air circulation within a home and also prolong the life of a roof.

In the past, most attic fans were powered by electricity, which has proven to be highly inefficient. As environmental concern continues to rise, solar fans are becoming a popular option.

Don’t let your attic grow muggy and humid during the warmer months. Here’s why you should invest in a solar attic fan for the summer season.

The Best Rated Solar Attic Fan

The best rated solar attic fan on the market today is made by Natural Light. Their 36 watt fan can move up to 1,628 cubic feet per minute (CFM) of air. This is well above other solar powered attic fans, most of which are rated for 600 CFM or less.

The Natural Light attic fan has an optional thermostat for colder climates. This will keep the fan from running on a sunny, cool day.

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Keep Air Pressure from Damaging Roof

When your attic gets stuffy from heat and humidity, air pressure builds up within the tight space. Since an attic has such close corners, this can cause long-lasting damage, as heat rises to the roof.

Solar attic fans actively remove this hot air pressure as it’s coming through. This creates a space for cool air to circulate, allowing the room to freshen up.

Even when it’s only a little warm outside, your roof can get exceedingly hot as a result of direct sunshine. So, even if it’s not always incredibly hot in your area, it is still worth the investment.

Help Circulate Air Through Home

Solar attic fans cool much more than just the top level of a house. In fact, ventilating the attic can actually be of benefit throughout the rest of your home.

Attic fans help take the workload off an HVAC system, which helps save money. Solar fans may cost more to install, but rather quickly, you’ll notice a difference in your gas bill.

You need a steady airflow throughout your home, and that means starting at the very top. Once a solar fan creates a cooler temperature, it trickles down throughout the rest of the home.

Easy Installation/Maintenance

It takes very little effort to install and maintain a solar attic fan. You should still contact a professional to help determine an appropriate size.

You’ll also love having one around because they’re not nearly as noisy as the fans you’re used to. Most solar fans run silently, so you won’t even notice it’s there.

Your solar fan can also help you cash out each April when tax season rolls around. The IRS grants a break on annual income tax for those with solar units.

For More Information on Finding a Solar Attic Fan

On average, solar power has seen a 59% growth rate each year over the last decade. This figure is only going to keep climbing.

That’s because solar power is an efficient solution for the future. It creates a healthier living environment within homes, and it’s also the best eco-friendly option.

If you’ve considered a solar attic fan, now’s the time to buy. But, as with any large purchase, you’ve got to do some research. Let us help you find the best solar fan for your home!

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