Dry air can play havoc with our skin, our respiratory system, and our general health and well being, not to mention our belongings. The modern solution to dry air is to turn toward technology to regulate the levels of moisture in the air. This solution is the humble humidifier.
So, how do you find the best humidifier for you? With so much choice available, picking the right one can be daunting. Take a look at the Appliances Connection best humidifier buying guide and get started on your journey to the perfect humidifier for your needs.
Types of Humidifier
When you search for a new humidifier, you may notice that there are two distinct types available. These are heated humidifier units and cooled humidifier units. Each one has unique functions and advantages.
Let’s take a look at this in more detail.
A heated humidifier contains a heating element which brings the water to boiling point, creating steam. This steam is then released as a warm mist that increases the levels of moisture in the air.
Depending on the model, the unit may have a filter inside. This filter includes a mineral component that will trap water deposits and which will need to be changed from time to time. This is something to bear in mind before you purchase a heated humidifier. The filters themselves are cheap to purchase, although it is a good idea to keep spares handy just in case they are needed.
It is also important to bear in mind that heated humidifiers involve the use of hot water. While the steam produced by the humidifier does not pose a direct risk, the boiling water inside the unit can be hazardous if the humidifier is handled incorrectly. If you have young children in your home, the heated humidifier may not be the best choice.
The second main category of humidifier involves a jet of cool air rather than steam. As a result, cooled humidifiers are safer for homes with small children than their heated counterparts, and may be cheaper to run too.
When it comes to selecting a cooled humidifier, you actually have a few different options at your disposal.
Evaporative humidifier– An evaporative humidifier harnesses the power of a fan built into the unit. This fan blows ordinary air over a wet wick, cooling the air and adding moisture. It will be necessary to replace this wick occasionally, which can usually be achieved without too much additional cost.
Impeller humidifier – Impeller humidifiers use a rotating disk to produce a cool mist. This cool mist then adds moisture to the air around the room.
Ultrasonic humidifier – An ultrasonic humidifier adds moisture to the atmosphere using a nebulizer, which vibrates at a speed greater than that of sound. The ultrasonic model is considered to be one of the quietest humidifiers on the market when it comes to operation, making it very popular among our customers.
Things to Consider When Buying a Humidifier
Now that you know a little more about the different types of humidifier available to you, it is important to consider the things you want and need from the unit. Different customers want different things from a humidifier and might purchase the unit for different reasons. As no two situations are the same, you need to examine your own circumstances and adopt a methodical approach when you make your choice.
Before you invest in a humidifier, you first need to make sure that you have followed this quick and easy checklist of what to consider during the buying process. Take a look.
A humidifier works with a space’s ambient environment to regulate the amount of moisture in the air. Because of this, it is important to understand the space in which you will be using your humidifier. Measure the length of the room and then multiply this by the width to achieve a figure for the total area. For awkwardly shaped rooms, get measurements for smaller squares and rectangles within the room’s floor space, and then add these together to get a rough total area.
The area does not need to be exact but you do need a basic idea of how large the area is that you need the humidifier to operate in. You can then apply the rough area figure to specifications for different units in the Appliances Connection range to understand their capability. Remember that larger spaces may require multiple units to effectively deal with dry air.
While humidifiers will generally go about their business autonomously, with no input required from humans, there are some manual tasks that need to be taken care of. For example, you may need to change the filter on the humidifier from time to time or refill the unit’s water reservoir.
Different units will have different needs regarding this. Small units with low water storage capabilities may need to be refilled more often. Larger units with greater storage capacity will need to be refilled with less frequency but may be more expensive to purchase.
If the humidifier unit contains filters, bear in mind that these will need to be changed occasionally. Make sure that you budget for the purchase of new filters if required and that you can easily access compatible filters in the event that you need to buy more.
It may be that you need a standalone humidifier unit that will operate statically in a single location on your property. If this is your aim then you don’t need to worry about the size and weight of the unit because you won’t need to move it around between different locations. A larger unit will be ideal for this purpose in fact as you will not need to refill it so often.
However, you may want to be able to move your humidifier from one room to the next. Many of our customers are looking for portable units which they can move from place to place easily.
Assess your own needs first and gain a better understanding of the sort of unit you require. Next, check the specifications of the unit you are interested in to work out whether or not you will be able to carry the humidifier around. You may also want to look for features such as handles or wheels, which will make transportation even easier.
The cost of a humidifier unit is clearly displayed in the product listing on the Appliances Connection site. You will also be able to use the search tools to filter the results you receive, narrowing down the search to cover only those units within your budget. You can also arrange the search results themselves by price.
However, you will need to factor in other costs before you understand the full price of the unit. This includes the cost of any replacement filters you may need to buy, for example.
Sit down and work out your budget before you begin. Humidifiers come in all shapes and sizes. You should be able to find a unit which suits you. Just make sure the product you decide on is capable of meeting your needs before you finalize the purchase.
Cleaning and maintenance
Your humidifier is going to be a long term fixture in your home or commercial property so you’ll want to make sure it stays looking its best. This means performing basic cleaning tasks, including wiping down and dusting to remove dirt and grime. You’ll also need to keep the unit clean to allow it to function properly and to prevent mold from developing inside the unit.
Because of this, you need to make sure that the unit is easy to clean. Choose a unit made from chrome, stainless steel, plastic, or varnished wood, all of which can be cleaned without the need for specialist products and solutions. You will also want to look for a unit without any inconvenient nooks and crannies in which dirt can collect, as these can make cleaning difficult.
Beyond cleaning and changing the filters, you will not need to perform many maintenance tasks on your unit. However, you should check the warranty period on the humidifier so you can access any repairs you may need after purchase.
Ease of use
You shouldn’t need a degree in engineering or electronics to operate your humidifier. Instead, the unit’s controls should be intuitive and straightforward so you, your family members, and any other users can get the best out of the device with ease.
This should include any extra features or timers – more about those later on. Just like with any piece of technology, you need to be able to utilize your humidifier in the way it was intended. Make sure this is the case by checking pictures of the unit’s controls before you purchase and by checking out any available user reviews.
Presets and timers
You may be using your humidifier to create a comfortable environment for you to enjoy in your home. Or, you might be in search of a humidifier to keep the belongings in your property from drying out. Either way, you may benefit from a humidifier that you don’t need to turn on manually with each use.
There are models on the market which will give you this capability thanks to presets and timer switches that can be prepared ahead of time. This means you can give your home or other property the moisture it needs even when you are not there. This is also useful if you are prone to forgetting to turn the unit on as it will be automatically triggered once the preset conditions or previously defined times are reached.
Operating noise levels
You don’t want to have your conversation with a friend or loved one disrupted by the noise of your humidifier. Nor do you want your favorite TV show ruined by the unit’s operating sound levels. Because of this, it is important to check possible noise levels before your purchase.
It is worth remembering that ultrasonic units are often the best option if you are looking for low noise levels. It is also worth checking out user reviews to get a better idea of these decibel levels.
A good humidifier unit is one that does not use a lot of electrical energy, even when it is left turned on for a long period of time. While most humidifiers use only a small amount of electricity compared to other pieces of equipment, it is still important to look for a unit with a good energy rating.
Look for a model that blends well with the rest of your home decor. From modern styles to attractive humidifier designs with faux wood or a simple white plastic unit, you want yours to complement the other items in your home.
Browse the numerous styles in our range and find yourself a humidifier aesthetic you can really be proud of.
Do you have any questions about the humidifiers in our range? Get in touch with our team today.
Top-Rated Humidifiers from Appliances Connection
Able to cover an area of over 2500 square feet and with four fan speeds, the H12300HB is a particularly popular unit from a famous manufacturer.
Another well-received model from Essick Air, the 8-gallon daily output MA0800 is a highly portable, highly convenient humidifier.
The whisper quiet, ultrasonic SU1051W unit from Sunpentown is a popular choice with our customers.