A humidifier is basically a device that increases the moisture content in the air. But why would you need to do that? Well, decreased moisture content makes the air dry and uncomfortable to breath, resulting in many issues such as respiratory tract irritation, itchy eyes, and dry skin.
Asthma patients and people with sensitive or dry skin are more prone to suffering from such issues in the presence of dry air. If you live in an area which normally has low moisture content in the air, you might consider purchasing a humidifier to relieve yourself from the uncomfortable feeling of dry skin, and to keep the skin of your family healthy.
Below, we have listed some of the most popular humidifiers currently available on the market. Think about your budget and condo size, and take other factors such as pets, kids, etc. into consideration before making a purchase.
Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier by Pure Enrichment
First of all, this is an ultrasonic cool mist humidifier. This means that the Pure Enrichment Ultrasonic is extremely silent while operating, and disperses mist very efficiently across a larger space in comparison to a hot mist humidifier. If you have large rooms or halls in your condo, then the extra-large 1.5L water tank can come in handy, as it will allow the humidifier to easily run for up to 16 hours on a full tank.
The specially designed nozzle on this humidifier allows for 360 degree dispersal of mist, and you can even tweak the direction of the nozzle to release mist in the direction that you desire. There are two different speed modes that allow you to switch between low and high moisture release depending on the humidity of the ambient air in your home.
There is an automatic shutdown system which will turn off the ultrasonic vibration as soon as the water level gets below the critical point, since running the vibration unit on dry can cause heavy damage and overheating. This system ensures that the machine will shut itself down if you forgot to refill the tank, or if you had detached the tank for cleaning and someone accidentally switched on the machine.
The entire machine looks very futuristic and has an easily detachable top section, which also happens to contain the water tank. The soft-glow LED night light can be turned on to create a soothing effect at night, and when you couple this with some diffusing essential oils it will result in immediate relaxation.
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Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier
You probably have used Vicks vapor-rub at some point in your life. Vicks also happens to manufacture some really amazing room humidifiers for personal use, and this particular one packs a ton of functionality for the price. It costs almost half as much as some of the “premium” offerings, however the design and build quality feel like that of a top notch humidifier.
The entire water tank is transparent and is located in the top half of this tower-shaped unit. It is coated with blue-tinted glass, and can be removed for cleaning purposes quite easily, making maintenance an absolute breeze. The water tank has a capacity of 1 gallon, which might be slightly lower than that of other costlier alternatives but is still very impressive for a humidifier of this size and price.
Maximum runtime on a full tank is 12 hours, although this may vary depending on several factors such as ambient humidity, room temperature, room size, etc. There are 2 speed settings, along with a nightlight. The most unique part of this machine is the medicine cup that allows you to transform this otherwise normal humidifier into a medicinal inhaler for people in the entire room. You can squeeze some Vicks Vaposteam or Kaz inhalant onto the medicinal cup to produce a soothing mist.
Honeywell Cool Mist Humidifier
Honeywell is known for manufacturing excellent cool mist humidifiers and their products are extremely silent as well as durable. But the HCM350 is not just silent and durable, but it also manages to kill 99.9% of the allergens and disease-causing microbes in the air. Although it does not boil the water, the HCM-350 is equipped with a far more advanced water purification technology- UV radiation.
It has a UV lamp fitted inside that instantly kills all the viruses, protozoa, and bacteria in the water before it sends the water to the wick. On top of that, the mist that blows out of the humidifier has to pass through an air filter before it can enter into your room. And this air filter is treated with an anti-microbial process to prevent the buildup of germs and fungus. This two-step purification process ensures that the air you breathe is completely pure and free of germs.
The HCM350 is a cold mist humidifier, which means that you can easily place it on your tabletop, bedroom, or even next to the baby crib. It provides cool, fine mist through a UV process and is easy to operate and has a carry handle on the top so that you can easily move the machine around. There is also a transparent streak on the side of the plastic panel that lets you know when the water tank is running low, so that you can fill it up once again.
It operates very quietly, and uses a special QuietCare design that reduces noise levels by up to 25%, even while operating at maximum speed. There are three fan speed settings for you to control the amount of water that is released in the mist. The HCM-350 also incorporates a relative humidity control that automatically adjusts the speed of the fan based on the amount of humidity already present in the surrounding air.
Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier by Anypro
While the Anypro ultrasonic cool mist humidifier is priced a lot higher than most of the other room humidifiers out there, it packs all the necessary features that are needed to make this machine worthy of its price tag. To begin with, the 360 degree release nozzle ensures even distribution of moisture across the entire room and you can select from one of the two speed modes. The deep groove design significantly reduces leakage and increases compression resistance.
Thanks to its super-efficient ultrasonic vibration unit, the machine performs incredibly silently. The tank has been made from premium quality anti-mold plastics to suppress mold growth, this means that it will work with just about any water. This particular unit is suitable for bedrooms and medium-large sized rooms due to its large 3.5L tank that helps this machine achieve an impressive run-time of up to 30+ hours.
Choosing the Best Humidifier for Condos
Hot Mist Humidifiers
Hot mist humidifiers contain a water boiling tank, in which water is normally heated up to the boiling point by electric power. Then, this water is circulated through cooling pipes and finally released through air filters in the form of a mist.
The advantage with these kinds of humidifiers is that you get germ-free mist since all the water is boiled before releasing it into the air. But, they are dangerous if you have small children in your house, or pets who can knock over the device while it is running.
Boiling water is dangerous and therefore these should be kept at a safe height where pets and children cannot reach them. Their water tanks also need to be cleaned more often since the boiling process tends to accumulate mineral and salt deposits at the bottom of the tank.
Cold Mist Humidifiers
Cold mist humidifiers do not boil the water, instead they use a fan to blow air through a wick soaked in water. The air catches moisture after passing through the wick and dissipates into the room as a fine mist of “cold” air.
Cold mist humidifiers do not blow out cold mist, rather they blow out air at room temperature. Some of them use ultrasonic vibrations to create a finer mist and distribute the moisture more evenly. They are safer for your children and are easier to operate, however most of them do not provide protection against potential allergens and disease causing pathogens.
Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier by Pure Enrichment
What to Look for in a Humidifier for Your Condo
A humidifiers main purpose is to keep your skin moisturized and healthy. What you should look for in a good condo humidifier, is the ability to pump out 100% germ free mist and the absence of any harmful parts such as heaters or ill placed fans. If you have a baby or pet in the condo, then a hot mist humidifier might not be a good idea since they may accidentally spill the hot water boiling inside the humidifier. A safe humidifier should be:
1. Silent while operating, with a water tank of decent capacity.
2. Equipped with a UV lamp to kill bacteria and viruses in the water.
3. Have a good anti-microbial air filter alongside the fan to release germ free mist into your room.
You might also want to get a humidifier that has LED’s or meters to measure the water level, some smart humidifiers will even notify you through your smartphone about the water level, humidity settings, etc. You must always go for the humidifier that offers more control options, such as the ability to regulate humidity levels on the fly, select presets, set timers, etc.
Good humidifiers will always come with an auto-shutoff feature, and may have presets that allow you to switch between various modes such as performance, economy, etc. If you like to diffuse essential oils, try investing in a humidifier that includes an oil tray inside, this should usually be located near the vapor exhaust port of the humidifier.
Or, you can just mix some essential oils into the water tank and the humidifier will act like a makeshift oil diffuser. This is not possible on all types of humidifiers though, since only cold mist humidifiers can handle essential oils properly.