Different Types of Humidifiers

Different Types of Humidifiers

A Brief Overview of the Different Types of Humidifiers

There are many different types of humidifiers with a lot of different uses and features. They all have some similarities to each other. Humidifiers are electric appliances that generate steam or water mist and discharge it into the atmosphere within the room where the gadget is located. They can also do this through the entire home when a strong whole-house in-line humidifier is installed in the ductwork of the home. Most humidifiers with a unique style, features, and built-in humidistat are highly demanded and hence expensive.

The best models are characterized by low noise, maintenance reminders, ease of cleaning, adjustable-output humidity, ease of filling, automatic shut off, antibacterial features and a hygrometer or humidistat to monitor the moisture of the room. Humidifiers are either classified as warm-mist or cool-mist depending on their function within the area of installation. They are sold in compact personal, floor console, portable or whole-house models.

Cool Mist Humidifiers vs Warm Mist Humidifiers

A cool mist humidifier functions well in places where the inhabitants struggle with hard water. The process of cool mist is efficient since it prevents hard water from building up on the filter portion and wick of the machine. The cool mist assembly is also effective in trapping the minerals contained in the hard water, preventing them from permeating the air where they can be inhaled as people breathe. These humidifiers are ideal for kids since they are less prone to burn risk, which is a risk with hot vapor humidifiers.

Cool Mist Humidifier Advantages and Drawbacks

Pros

  • They make a cool vapor which is safer for children and pets compared to a warm mist or steam humidifier
  • Easy cleaning and little maintenance required
  • Most come with a filter that removes waterborne impurities
  • Depending on the model you may be able to add inhalants like essential oils, making them helpful for when you have a cold or flu

Cons

  • Because they do not use any heat, bacterial contamination can occur. We recommend keeping humidifier bacteriostat on hand
  • Mineral dust may accumulate on nearby surfaces if you use unfiltered water and the humidifier does not have a filter in it
  • Operating noise can be louder than warm mist humidifiers

Warm mist humidifiers are the best models in areas with soft water. They moisten the air by releasing warm, wet vapor to the atmosphere. Most people prefer their impeccable comfort and uniform humidification that mitigates the effect of cold symptoms, sore throat, and congestion. However, they get clogged with the minerals that occur naturally in harder water making them dirty. Becoming familiar with when and how to clean your humidifier can prevent clogs from affecting your humidifier. A water softener can also offer a perfect remedy to this defect. Warm mist humidifiers actually boil the water and release warm vapor as steam, which ensures that spores and bacteria are killed. Therefore, they make for a more comfortable and healthier night’s sleep.

Warm Mist Humidifier Advantages and Drawbacks

Pros

  • There is a reduced risk of bacterial contamination due to heat
  • Mineral dust accumulation is much less common
  • Fewer models come with this option but it is still possible to find one that allows adding inhalants to help manage symptoms of colds and the flu
  • Quiet operation

Cons

  • There is a risk of burns if the humidifier is spilled, use caution when around children
  • Low energy efficiency
  • Can be more difficult to clean, be sure to check for reviews

Different Types of Humidifiers

Within the cool mist and warm mist humidifier categories there are other distinct types that provide more specific functions and modes of operation. There are different types of humidifiers with distinct features, although they serve almost the same purpose. The main types include portable, industrial, and forced-air humidifiers among other types.

Industrial Humidifiers

Industrial humidifiers are installed in big buildings to maintain a specific level of humidity so as to preserve material properties, prevent static electricity buildup and ensure a healthy and comfortable living or working environment. Industries such as printing, paper, packaging, plastic, electrostatic, textiles, pharmaceuticals and automotive manufacturing are prone to static problems. Scientists recommend a range of 45-55% relative humidity.

If humidity falls below 45% relative humidity, the occurrence of friction causes static buildup and sparks that can damage Information Technology equipment. Paper and printer manufacturing firms use humidifiers to curb shrinkage and paper curl while art museums use them to preserve sensitive works of art. These humidifiers are also ideal for hospital operating rooms, cold storage rooms, and semiconductor manufacturing firms.

Portable Humidifiers

Portable humidifiers come in different sizes and ranges from small tabletop humidifiers to large floor-mounted units. Smaller personal humidifiers are great for traveling. Some people also use them to help prevent bloody noses caused by dry air. They require manual refilling with water on a periodic basis. The main categories of portable humidifiers include evaporative and ultrasonic humidifiers. Although these models all humidify a room efficiently, they are distinct and have significant differences in moisture production with minimal trade-offs. These differences are evident in their features and operation noise.

Most types of humidifiers you see in your home are portable to one degree or another. Later on we talk about furnace humidifiers and under duct humidifiers. These are found in residences but are not portable.

Ultrasonic Humidifiers

Ultrasonic humidifiers are the most energy-efficient among all humidifiers. They contain a water reservoir and oscillating plates. The plates vibrate at an ultrasonic frequency, transforming water into a fine mist, which is then blown out by use of a fan. One of its downfalls is that it produces white dust as a by-product, which can be problematic for people who experience asthma. Nevertheless, some newer models use advanced technology that prevent the occurrence of white dust.

Evaporative Humidifiers

Evaporative humidifiers blow water using a fan that releases moisture into the air. These appliances are great for your home since they maintain hygiene, use lower amounts of electricity and operate silently. They are ideal for bedrooms, study rooms or places that require minimal noises. There are two main models of evaporative humidifiers, which can be distinguished by their system. One model uses the porous filter while the other uses rotating discs. The model that uses a porous filter can be polluted easily by dust or other fine matter in the air. On the other hand, the model containing the rotating discs is made using hardened plastic that makes them firm and easy to clean.

Even more types of humidifiers…

Other portable humidifiers include vaporizers and impeller humidifiers.

A vaporizer, which is also known as a warm mist humidifier or steam humidifier, works by boiling water and then releasing the steam and moisture into the air. It is advisable to add a medicated inhalant to the vaporizer to curb coughing spells. They are hygienic appliances since steam does not convey microorganisms or mineral impurities to the water held in the reservoir. This vaporizer consumes a lot of energy, as it requires boiling water, which raises the utility bills. Its heat source should be well designed to prevent overheating or leaking.

Impeller humidifiers are a type of cool-mist humidifiers. They fling water at a diffuser using a spinning disc. The disc splits the incoming water into fine droplets that float in the air. If the water used is not kept scrupulously clean, dissolved minerals and microorganisms can be sent into the air. They can settle on nearby household items as white dust.

Permanently Installed Humidifiers

Forced-air humidifiers are normally installed in buildings with a forced-air furnace. They are efficient in protecting wooden items and antiques as well as other furnishings that might be damaged by overly dry air. If bypass humidifiers are connected between the cold and heated air return ducts, some heated air will bypass via the humidifier and go back to the furnace. The pressure difference that exists between the ducts enhances this connection.

The different types of humidifiers that use a forced-air mechanism include drums, disc wheels, bypass flow-through, and spray mist.

Drums style (bypass) contains a pipe that is used to supply water to the reservoir or pan, which is attached to the furnace. The reservoir’s water level is controlled using a float valve. The wick is comprised of a foam pad attached to a small motor and mounted on a drum. The air that enters the drum is forced out through its sides. When the hygrostat detects a decrease in humidity, the motor is restarted making the drum spin swiftly through the pan containing water. This ensures that the foam pad does not dry out. The drum-style humidifier should be used with furnace air filters that are rated as high quality to prevent mold buildup.

A disc wheel style (bypass) has a lot of similarities to the drum style humidifiers. However, the foam drum is replaced with several plastic discs that have small grooves on both sides. This indicates that the evaporative surface area is large, regardless of space. Unlike the drum, the disc wheel doesn’t require periodic replacement.

Bypass flow-through (bypass or biscuit style) delivers water to an electrically controlled valve situated at the top of the appliance using a pipe. Air is passed through the “biscuit” (aluminum or pad) that is identical to a very coarse steel wool. The biscuit is coated with matte ceramic to increase the surface area. When the hygrostat detects a decrease in humidity, the valve is opened and water sprays the biscuit. Evaporation of water from the pad takes place when the biscuit is subjected to hot air. This releases the vapor into the atmosphere.

Under Duct Humidifier

An under duct humidifier can be either a bypass flow through humidifier or a drum style humidifier. The under duct humidifier gets its name from how it is installed into your home’s ventilation system. This type of humidifier is installed by cutting a square piece out of the underside of the duct work that forces warm air into your living area. Then, the tub is attached to the opening in the duct work with either the drum or biscuit inside. When warm air moves through the duct it will pass by the under duct humidifier and pick up extra moisture via evaporation. As the warm air comes out of your vents it brings the extra moisture with it.

The spray mist type is fitted with a small tube or pipe, which delivers water to an electrically controlled valve. The air supplied is sprayed with water mist, causing the flow of air to push the mist into the premises.

Other types of humidifiers include the centrifugal atomizer, non-bypass flow-through, and steam designs. The introduction of new humidifier models such as whole house console humidifiers, top-fill humidifiers, and UV germ-free humidifiers has revolutionized the humidifier market due to their high demand.

Humidifier Wrap Up

Humidifiers are efficient in improving the air quality and comfort.  They do this by moisturizing the dry air in the home or work place. This has a positive impact on the home inhabitants and the general home environment. The moisturized air curbs the occurrence of coughs, chapped lips and static electricity.

Low humidity air can also lead to the cracking of wooden musical instruments or furniture caused by extremely dry air. On the other end of the spectrum, excessive moisture in the air incubates mildew and helps dust mites reproduce. Both of these can be hazardous to human health.

It is recommendable to maintain a balance of home moisture by controlling the amount of the home’s humidity. This problem is evident during winter in cold climates. People in this situation may struggle to keep the air in their homes properly humidified and also keep excess condensation off their windows. Some humidifiers have built in humidistats that can measure the humidity in the air as they are producing moisture. Once the humidity is at the correct level, the humidifier will automatically shut itself off until the humidity drops again. A dehumidifier can lower the level of humidity in your home if need be. This appliance is also ideal in eliminating musty odors.

This article strives to identify and give brief overviews on a wide range of different types of humidifiers. For further reading try any of the links below.

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GermGuardian Air Purifier Reviews

Germ Guardian

The first part of this article does a good job outlining the things an air purifier will and will not help with. It is important to establish realistic expectations upfront and be clear about what these products can do. After that we review three separate GermGuardian air purifiers in the second half of the article.

GermGuardian Overview

GermGuardian Air Purifiers are considered the best among its class. This is due to the fact that they are built using the most advanced technologies available and built with to the highest standards of quality. Although there are a lot of popular air purifiers on the market right now, almost every product released by the company was able to establish a good reputation.

In fact, GermGuardian consistently ranks in our top air purifies for cigar and cigarette smoke. While you may not be trying to remove smoke from your home it is an important feature to have in an air purifier. Smoke is unique among indoor air pollutants because it contains gaseous and particulate pollutants.

The Best Air Purifier for Cigar Smoke

One of the main advantages these air purifiers have over others is the activated carbon filter. Activated carbon filters are one of the few ways to deal with gaseous indoor air pollutants like fumes, smoke and smells. The activated carbon filter makes these the best air purifiers for cigar smoke. They can also handle the gases produced by electronic cigarettes or vaping. Other ways to manage gaseous pollutant include removing the source or ventilation.

Do activated carbon filters work on ammonia?

Unfortunately, no. Activated carbon filters specialize in removing volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and formaldehyde from the air. The best ways to deal with ammonia vapors are to avoid using it or making sure the area is well ventilated according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

HEPA Filters and Particulate Air Pollution

GermGuardian air purifiers also use HEPA filters to manage particulate pollutants. This type of pollutant includes pet dander or hair, dust mites and some types of smoke. This includes smoke from cigars and cigarettes. If you have an older wood burning stove it most likely puts off airborne particulates as well.

UVGI Air Cleaners, Viruses and Bacteria

Additionally, all three GermGuardian 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. On the upside, GermGuardian air purifiers also use HEPA filters that are capable of removing these particulates from the air.

In the next section we go over the differences between specific GermGuardian models.

AC5250PT 3-in-1 Pet Pure True HEPA Air Purifier System

One of the most popular GermGuardian products is the AC5250PT 3-in-1 Pet Pure True HEPA Air Purifier System. This item measures 6.1×9.5×27.2 inches, weighs 10.6 pounds and is ideal for use in medium or large-sized rooms. Many health experts attest that the product is suitable for use by individuals who are suffering from allergies. This is equipped with a True HEPA filter system that filters about 99.97% of allergens.

In addition, this also comes with the Pet Pure, an anti-microbial agent that was added to its filter and is responsible for inhibiting the growth of mildew and other odor-causing bacteria in the filter. This also features the UV-C light that kills germs and a charcoal filter which takes charge of capturing unwanted odors. This product has a 125+ CADR rating and is praised for its 5-speed control as well as for its ultra-quiet operation. Finally, it is equipped with an LCD digital display panel that houses a filter-change indicator and an 8-hour timer.

Pros
• Lightweight and portable
• Works well in medium or large-sized rooms
• Can help allergy sufferers
• Filters up to 99.97% of pollutants
• Comes with the Pet Pure, an anti-microbial agent
• Features the UV-C light that kills airborne bacteria and viruses
• Comes with a charcoal filter that captures unwanted odors
• Sold with an easy-to-use LCD digital display panel that houses an 8-hour timer and filter change indicator
• Comes with 5-speed levels and ultra quiet operation

Cons
• Not available for international shipping
• Filters need regular replacement

Also consider the GermGuardian AC5300B Elite, which is a slightly upgraded model of the AC5250PT. The AC5250PT that we review in this article has a higher CADR rating of 125 compared to the updated AC5300B at 109. CADR, or clean air deliver rate, is an easy way to compare how much air you can expect the air purifier to filter.  The advantage the AC5300B does have is a more subdued, all black look without the silver top of the AC5250PT.

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AC4825, 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction

The 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System from GermGuardian is also a popular option among households. The product has a dimension of 7×10.2×21.5 inches, making it ideal for purifying a medium-sized room. The purifier weighs about 7 pounds and earned a 100+ CADR rating.

This features a pre-filter and a charcoal filter that are responsible capturing larger particles such dust or lint and at the same time destroying the most undesirable odors inside the home. Aside from that, this is also equipped with the True HEPA filter that captures about 99.97% of smaller airborne particles with a size of up to 0.3 micron. This also comes with UV-C light technology which takes charge of killing airborne bacteria and viruses. In addition, the light also activates the device’s Titanium Dioxide, which helps in decomposing undesirable odor molecules. Finally, this is equipped with indicator lights that automatically blink, signaling the need for a filter or UV-C bulb replacement.

The GermGuardian AC4825, 3-in-1 Air Cleaning System with True HEPA, UV-C and Odor Reduction is a good buy for household owners who are in need of a reliable and useful air purifier. Buyers get a purifier which is loaded with a long list of useful features. In addition, this device is ultra-quiet, allowing the entire household to sleep soundly while the purifier is in use.

Pros
• Lightweight and compact
• Capable of purifying the air of a medium-sized room
• Boasts 100+ CADR rating
• Comes with two filtering systems
• Capable of destroying undesirable odor
• Can capture up to 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microm
• Equipped with a UV-C light that kills airborne bacteria and viruses
• Equipped with indicator lights that remind of filter or UV-C bulb replacement
• Provides an ultra-quiet operation

Cons
• Can only be shipped within the US
• Requires rigid maintenance after years of use
• The indicator lights do not provide a clear warning

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GermGuardian AC5000E 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier System with UV Sanitizer and Odor Reduction, 28-Inch Tower

The GermGuardian AC5000E 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier System is also regarded as a good option for most consumers. This is known for its multiple cleaning levels and impressive ability to capture allergens as well as kill airborne bacteria and viruses. The product has a dimension of 10.2x7x28 inches, weighs about 9.6 pounds and earned the 125+ CADR rating.

The product’s pre filter and charcoal filter capture larger particles and reduce the amount of unwanted household odors. Aside from that, the True HEPA filter captures about 99.97% of airborne particles that are as small as 03.micron while UV-C light technology kills all airborne bacteria and viruses. Finally, it is also equipped with indicator lights that provide a warning when the product’s filter or UV-C bulb need replacement.

The GermGuardian AC5000E 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier System offers almost the same set of features that the other products provide. Thus, the AC5000E is another good option among buyers.

Pros
• Lightweight and portable
• Best used in medium or large rooms
• Earned a 125+ CADR rating
• Equipped with advanced filtering system
• Equipped with UV-C light technology
• Can filter particles as small as 0.3 micron
• Filters up to 99.97% of airborne particles

Cons
• Not eligible for international shipping
• Indicator lights do not provide a specific warning as to whether the filter or the UV-C bulb should be replaced

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Best Air Purifier on the Market

Best Air Purifier on the market

An air purifier is a useful piece of equipment for your home or office that helps to remove contaminants from the air. This type of product is particularly useful for if you suffer from any allergies or asthma, as well as helping to reduce unwanted second-hand tobacco smoke. The best air purifier on the market is one that can help solve all of these problems.

What are the best air filters?

When it comes to choosing which air purifier is the right one for you, you need to look carefully at what different features each one has. For example, be aware of the size of the air purifier, as different heights and shapes may be more suited for the area you intend to put it.

Other important things to look for are the type of filter and the room size the air purifier is designed for. The standard filter for air purifiers is a HEPA filter. They are great for dealing with particulate air pollution like pollen, dust and pet dander.

Some air purifiers also use activated carbon filters which are effective ways for dealing with a variety of gaseous indoor air pollutants. These will also be referred to VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds.

Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier

This round air purifier helps to remove almost every unwanted airborne pollutants, 99.97% to be precise, that are in the air, which is suitable for any large room or area.

Pros:

  • This round air purifier is suitable for any space up to a size of 390 square feet, great for homes with an open floor plan.
  • The true HEPA filter removes 99.97% of common airborne pollutants, as small as 0.3 microns.
  • The glass-fiber material that is built in works to remove the airborne particles, viruses and bacteria.
  • It also has a 360-degree airflow that works at 3 different speeds to help get everything in the surrounding area.
  • Onboard electronic filter indicator tells you exactly when to change or clean your filters, the filter can be vacuumed to extend it’s life!

Cons:

  • Some consumers have complained about it being noisy when compared with the other ones they have tried.

Summary

Overall, this offers some good features, such as the ability to remove almost every pollutant in the air. However for a top of the range model; this is quite loud which can become very distracting. This model would be ideal for a basement or workspace where other machines or appliances are already contributing to background noise. The large coverage area is appropriate for up to a two car garage.

Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner

This Hamilton Beach product is an allergen-reducing air purifier that helps to remove those harmful allergens in an instant, including dander’s from your pets. This air purifier is compact, being quite thin however it is taller than most others, it comes in black and white, and helps to make the air purer within any large space you might have within your home or office. It does solve the problem of noisy operation of the Honeywell 50250-S but sacrifices the effective area that the purifier can treat. The Honeywell 50250-S is capable of managing a 390 square foot room while this Hamilton Beach model is capped at 160 square feet. It’s worth comparing prices and thinking about your available space.

Pros:

  • A high performance HEPA filter helps to remove 99% of particles that are as small as 3 microns, perfect for pet owners and people with allergies.
  • It also comes with 3 built-in ultra quiet speed settings, which can easily be adjusted with the simple control knob.
  • Very good return on investment featuring a main filter that can be vacuumed and does not need to be replaced
  • Optional replaceable carbon filters for extra odor control can also be installed
  • Small size and incredibly quite operation make this air purifier very discrete and appropriate in a variety of settings

Cons:

  • It does not have a light to indicate when the filter needs to be cleaned, however it is easy to clean, so make sure you check it regularly to see if it needs cleaning.

Summary

Overall, the Hamilton Beach Air Cleaner helps to remove harmful airborne allergens as well as dander from your pets. It offers an easy to clean the filter that doesn’t need to be replaced and an ultra quiet performance. The coverage area is the only obvious drawback to this model. 160 square feet is still enough for most bedrooms and the ultra quite operation makes nighttime use an option. If you can spare the counter space in your kitchen, the HEPA filter in this air purifier can also help reduce cooking smells that linger after meals.

GermGuardian AC5000E 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier System with UV Sanitizer and Odor Reduction

This GermGuardian product offers a unique design that fits in with your modern home, whilst also providing top quality results by removing unwanted dust allergens, smells and a whole host of other pollutants that you don’t want within your property.

Pros:

  • The True HEPA filter helps remove 99.97% of dust and allergens which are as small as 0.3 microns, including household dust, pet dander, mold spores and plant pollens.
  • Includes a charcoal filter built-in which helps reduce odors from pets, cooking and smoking.
  • The UV-C light technology within works with titanium dioxide to eliminate unwanted airborne bacteria, viruses, germs and mold spores.
  • The combination charcoal/HEPA filter means maintenance is simple and there’s only one filter to replace.

Cons:

  • The downside to this product is that the single filter needs to be replaced every 6-8 months.
  • It is also quite a tall air purifier compared to others measuring 28-inches, possibly limiting where you can place it.

Summary

Overall, this has some good features including UV-C light technology to eliminate bacteria and viruses as well as having a stylish design.

And the best air purifier on the market is…

In conclusion, the best air purifier on the market is the Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner as it offers great value for money, as well as having some good features, such as being able to clean the filter. The 04383A also gets some love in a more recent article we published here.

Another reason why it is the best and comes in just before the Honeywell 50250-S 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier is because it has a unique ultra quiet sound setting, unlike the Honeywell which users found to be very loud and annoying.

In at third is the GermGuardian AC5000E 3-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier even though it has some good features and uses UV-C light technology.

Best Air Purifier For Your Home

Best Air purifier for your home

An air purifier is a useful piece of equipment for your home that helps to remove contaminants from the air. This type of product is particularly useful if you or someone in your family suffers from any allergies or asthma, it also helps to reduce unwanted second-hand tobacco smoke which you may hate the smell of from your partner. The best air purifier can make a huge difference in how clean the air is in your home.

When it comes to choosing which air purifier is the right one for you, you need to look carefully at what different features each one has. For example, be aware of the size of the air purifier, as different heights and shapes may be more suited for the area you intend to put it. Air purifiers also have a maximum effective area that they can treat. All the products we review today utilize true HEPA filters. This is an essential feature if you have allergies to dust mites. Pollen is generally a seasonal problem that fluctuates with plants and flowers blooming. Dust mites, on the other hand, are common indoor allergens year round. One effective method for reducing their numbers is using an air purifier with a true HEPA filter.

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Honeywell 50250-S True HEPA Air Purifier

This round air purifier helps to remove almost every unwanted airborne pollutant, 99.97% to be precise, that are in the air, which is suitable for any large room or area within your home.

Pros:

  • This round air purifier is suitable for any space up to a size of 390 square feet, making it great for the whole area of your home.
  • The true HEPA filter removes 99.97% of common airborne pollutants, which are as small as 0.3 microns.
  • The glass-fiber material that is built in works to remove the airborne particles, viruses and bacteria preventing you from catching your kid’s virus they are coming down with.
  • It also has a 360-degree airflow that works at 3 different speeds to help purify everything in the surrounding area.

Cons:

  • A number of consumers have complained about it being quite loud especially when compared with other ones they have tried.

Summary:

Overall, this offers some good features, such as the ability to remove almost every pollutant in the air.

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Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner

This Hamilton beach product is an allergen-reducing air purifier that helps to remove those harmful allergens in an instant, including dander’s from your pets. This air purifier is compact, being quite thin, however it is taller than most purifiers. It comes in black and white, and helps to make the air purer in any large space you might have within your home or office.

Pros:

  • A high performance HEPA filter helps to remove 99% of particles that are as small as 3 microns, within a large 160 square foot space.
  • The filter can be vacuumed clean and never needs to be replaced, making it a great option for your family.
  • It also comes with 3 built-in ultra quiet speed settings, which can easily be adjusted with the simple control knob.

Cons:

  • It does not have a light to indicate when the filter needs to be cleaned, however it is easy to clean, so make sure you check it regularly to see if it needs cleaning.

Summary:

Overall, the Hamilton Beach Air Cleaner helps to remove harmful airborne allergens as well as dander from your pets. This is incredibly useful as most of us have pets in our homes, especially if you have kids as well. It offers an easy to clean filter that doesn’t need to be replaced and an ultra quiet performance. At a very low price this is a very good air purifier that represents good value for money.

GermGuardian AC5350B 4-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier

This GermGuardian product offers a unique design that fits in with your modern home. The GermGuardian AC5350B 4-in-1 True HEPA Air purifier come with a unique set of features. The UV-C light helps sanitize the air by killing bacteria and other organisms. The charcoal filter dramatically cuts odors coming from cooking and other activities. Together these feature provide top quality results by removing unwanted dust allergens, smells and a whole host of other pollutants.

Pros:

  • The True HEPA filter helps remove 99.97% of dust and allergens which are as small as 0.3 microns, including household dust, pet dander, mold spores and plant pollens.
  • Includes a charcoal filter built-in which helps reduce odors from pets, cooking, and smoking.
  • The UV-C light technology within works with titanium dioxide to eliminate unwanted airborne bacteria, viruses, germs and mold spores.

Cons:

  • The downside to this product is that it the single filter needs to be replaced every 6-8 months.
  • It is also quite a tall air purifier compared to others measuring 28-inches, which may be inconvenient for where you want it.

Summary:

Overall, this has some good features including UV-C light technology to eliminate bacteria and viruses as well as having a stylish design to look great in your home.

And the best air purifier is…

In conclusion, the best home air purifier on the market is the Hamilton Beach 04383A True Air Allergen-Reducing Air Cleaner as it offers great value for money, as well as having some good features, such as being able to clean the filter, and having a control knob that even kids can use.

Another reason why it is the best and comes in just before the Honeywell 50250-S 99.97% Pure HEPA Round Air Purifier is because it has a unique ultra quiet sound setting, unlike the Honeywell which users found to be very loud and annoying. This can make your house very noisy especially if you always have family and friends over.

In at third is the GermGuardian AC5350B 4-in-1 True HEPA Air Purifier; even though it has some really great features and uses UV-C light technology, it is a fact that you will have to pay even more to replace the filters. However, if you’re only concerned with the number of features, the GermGuardian AC5350B is the best air purifier.

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Hopefully we’ve provided some good insights to help you decide on the best air purifier. You can also click through to Amazon and see what others are saying about these air purifiers.


Best Room Humidifier for your Health and Home

Best Room Humidifier to Buy

Why do I need the best room humidifier?

A humidifier is an essential piece of equipment to have in any home; it allows moisture to be put back into the atmosphere keeping your room nice and comfortable. They can also have a number of health benefits for your body, such as reducing your susceptibility to infection as well as alleviating cold and flu symptoms. The best room humidifier can make a big difference, especially if you’re dealing with any of the negative side effects of low humidity.

Ideal applications include climates with cold winters or dry air year round. When you come to choosing which humidifier is the right one for you the first thing you need to be aware of is the how much water each one holds and how much moisture it adds to the room over a period of time. Also, consider the design and color of it to see if it fits into your home. Since the décor of your room is a factor, the best room humidifier will ultimately be a personal choice. We hope to save you some time and show you some of the better options available.

The first part of this article provides a review of three room humidifiers on the market today. Later, we give a quick comparison and highlight our reasons for choosing which is the best room humidifier.

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It’s very important to have optimal humidity levels for your home, especially in the rooms where you spend the most time. Wood furnishings like hardwood floors or wooden cabinets need moisture in the air to maintain their appearance. If the wood dries out too much it can shrink and crack, ruining the appearance of your living space.

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.

Fluctuating humidity levels can encourage formaldehyde to diffuse out of wooden fixtures and into the air. The highest levels of formaldehyde emissions come from hotter and more humid conditions. This makes it especially important to measure the levels of humidity in your home with a hygrometer or to use a humidifier with a built in hygrometer.

Either of these solutions will give data on the humidity levels in the air. As a general rule staying between 40% and 60% is the best range to be in. Keeping relative humidity levels below 60% will reduce the number of dust mites and mold spores in your home. Additionally, staying above 40% helps to avoid excess moisture loss from your body that can lead to dry skin and even nosebleeds.

Crane Drop Shape Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier

This cool mist humidifier is great for adding moisture back into the air over a long period of time with its ability to hold up to 1 gallon of water at a time. The humidifier has a stylish design and comes in a number of different color.

Pros:

  • This humidifier can provide top results by holding up to 1 gallon of water and pumping out 2.3 gallons of moisture per day.
  • Its whisper quiet ultrasonic operation runs for up to 24 hours at a time.
  • Helps to increase moisture in the air which helps you to breath and have an easier night sleep, as well as helping to reduce colds, cough and flu symptoms
  • It has a 360-degree mist nozzle and control nozzle for an easy way to change the setting.

Cons:

  • It can be quite difficult to add water as you have to hold the handle which is poorly made.

Summary

Overall, this is a good humidifier that has good features and a large capacity, as well as coming in a stylish design in a color of your choice to fit in perfectly within your home. And considering the price this is a very good contender for the best room humidifier on the market.

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 humidifiers we review in this article.

Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-off

This Vicks humidifier helps to add moisture back into the air which is ideal for if you live in a cool dry area. It has a nice design so that you can see exactly how much water is left in it, but it only comes in one color blue with white.

Pros:

  • This Vicks product has a 1 gallon capacity. When filled to capacity, it can operate for up to 12 hours.
  • It also has a quiet operation which makes it easier for you to comfortably fall to sleep, as well as the soft glowing nightlight.
  • The manufacturer advertises greatly reduced cold and flu like symptoms quickly by just having it on overnight.

Cons:

  • The only downside is that with use it builds up with an orange solid which is calcium, so you will need to clean it, usually every month depending on how often you use it.

Summary

Overall, this is a fairly basic option that does a good job humidifying your home. It is very easy to refill, by simply unscrewing a cap and lifting it off its base.

Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier

The Honeywell humidifier adds much needed moisture back into your home’s air while simultaneously removing harmful germs and bacteria. This Honeywell product offers a lot of benefits during cold and flu season. Running very quietly, this humidifier is stylishly designed and comes in two different colors; white and black, both with a stripe of blue down the sides.

Pros:

  • Helps to kill 99.9% of bacteria, mold, and spores with its patented germ killing chamber technology.
  • QuietCare technology helps it to run 25% quieter than the previous model.
  • A single full tank allows it to add moisture to the air for 24 hours.
  • It also has an antimicrobial treated filter and automatic moisture balance filter.
  • The tank is break resistant and has a dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean.

Cons:

  • There are no downsides that we could find with this product other than it is slightly bigger than the others.

Summary

Overall, this offers a number of great features. The most important being the ability to kill all the bacteria and germs. The 24 hour runtime is also a noteworthy capability. This is a premium humidifier that is stylishly designed to look great in your home in either color.

And the best room humidifier is…

In conclusion, the best room humidifier is the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier as it is a premium humidifier that has a number of good features, such as killing all germs in the water.

In at second place is the Crane Drop Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, this is a good option however it can be difficult to fill up.

The third best room humidifier is the Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier with Auto Shut-Off, 1 Gallon, Model V745A, this only lasts for 12 hours on a full tank compared to the other two at 24 hours, and this is more of a basic option. Which one you choose really depends on how much your budget. The premium one is the Honeywell, the budget is the Vicks and the mid-range is the Crane.

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 humidifiers we review in this article.