Buyers Guide: Humidifiers
Humidity should be around 30-50%. At certain times of the year, especially in winter, the level of humidity can drop to as low as 10% thanks to central heating drying out the air.
When humidity levels are too low you may experience some or all of the following:
- Dry eyes and skin
- Chapped lips
- Sore throat
- Cracking furniture
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What kind of humidifier should I go for?
There are three kinds of humidifier to choose from:
Tabletop: Tabletop humidifiers are portable and ideal for use in a single room. They’re a great space-saving solution and are also the cheapest to buy. As a downside, tabletop models have small tanks that require frequent changing.
- Evaporative humidifiers use a fan to blow air over a wet wick.
- Ultrasonic tabletop humidifiers, on the other hand, emit water using a vibrating nebulizer.
- Impeller units produce mist using a rotating disk.
- Warm-mist humidifiers use a heating unit to boil water before cooling the hot steam.
- Impeller models produce mist via a rotating disk.
Console: Console humidifiers are relatively mobile but are bigger than tabletop models and as such can humidify more than one room and need a change of tank less frequently.
Console models can be cumbersome and some models are louder than others, so bear this in mind when narrowing down your options.
In-duct: This is the best humidifier if you’re looking to humidify the whole house; it’s plumbed into the water supply and taps into the air ducts. They usually blow air over a wet wick (evaporative-bypass units), with some emitting a warm mist into the air to moisturize.
Other models are nebulizers, which use a spray technology to humidify.
In-duct humidifiers are the cheapest to run but may need to be professionally installed.
What should I consider when shopping online for a humidifier?
Budget: Have a think about cost and your budget. You can easily find a small, cheap humidifier for around £30. Cheaper models will have less features and will be smaller and arguably less effective, too.
Expect to pay a couple of hundred pounds for a top of the range model. More expensive humidifiers will have a larger capacity and will often be more effective too.
Humidistat: Humidifiers are great for adding moisture to the air, but if they go too far the other way and over humidify you’ll have a new set of problems on your hands. A humidistat helps to regulate and control humidity levels by switching off at the optimum point.
Timer: Great for automatically turning on or off at a set time.
Noise: Humidifiers can be noisy, especially evaporative models.
Warm-mist tabletop models and ultrasonic humidifiers are usually the quietest units.
If you do opt for an evaporative humidifier try and position it away from areas such as the living room or bedrooms.
Check humidifier reviews to see how others got on with their new purchase and check how distracting they found its noise levels
Storage: Where will your new humidifier be kept? Depending on the size of the water tank, humidifiers can be on the large side so make sure you have plenty of storage space for your chosen model. Check the dimensions of your shortlisted humidifiers to ensure you’re getting a size that’ll fit neatly in your home.
As a general rule, small and compact humidifiers are less efficient, but they do take up less room.
Capacity: It’s important to find a humidifier with the right capacity for your home. Too big and it’ll create condensation and possibly cause mildew, too small at its efficiency will be compromised.
A model designed for 700 foot sq. is fine for a bedroom or small room.
Energy efficiency: Humidifiers are not the most energy efficient of machines, and the larger units can be extremely expensive to run. If energy efficiency is important to you be sure to check for energy efficient features and controls.
To summarise, here’s what you should consider when shopping online for a new humidifier:
- How much space do you have for your new humidifier?
- How much do you want to spend on your air humidifier?
- How often do you mind changing your humidifier’s tank?
- Which room will you be using your new humidifier in? Does it need to be a quiet unit?
- At what capacity does your humidifier need to work?
- What features are important to you?
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Narrow down your humidifier search by using the filters on the left hand side of the search page, where you can narrow your search by model and features. Once you’ve found an offer that takes your fancy just click the deal and youll be transferred to the site of your chosen independent retailer.
Finally, be sure to check out humidifier reviews before you commit to buying – happy shopping!