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Like most people, we want to make sure that our families are well taken cared of. We want to make sure that our home is clean, and we want to assure our loved ones are protected from harmful bacteria that can cause diseases.
Well yes, we do that every day by maintaining proper hygiene, maintaining rooms and common home areas clean and well-kept, and making sure the food and water we take in are safe and clean.
However, these common practices may not always be enough. Take dust and germs for example, no matter how spick-and-span the home is, you can’t really be 100% sure that all these are gone. Even if you diligently clean every day, these are not visible to the naked eye—so it’s possible that they are still lurking in several nooks and crevices in the house.
So what’s the best thing to do about this? That’s when a humidifier at home is needed.
What does a humidifier do?
By the word itself, a humidifier maintains humidity in your rooms—it provides moisture through its filters to balance humidity, and kill harmful germs and bacteria.
Humidifiers usually rely on water to emit moisture into the air through a fine mist. The emitted mist is already filtered from its tank and will proceed to maintain room moisture and cleanliness by killing germs and bacteria in the room.
Humidifiers come in different models and may function differently, below are the following:
Cool Mist Humidifier
A cool mist humidifier is the one I explained above. It emits mist through the filtered water in its tank. The cool mist makes the room feel cooler, and is also the most energy-efficient model among the different types of humidifier.
If you’re wondering why it is the most energy-efficient type, it is because it doesn’t need a water heater. Unlike the other kinds of humidifier that you can read about below…
The Steam Vaporizer was once the most common type of humidifier, but because it eats up a large chunk of electricity and requires constant cleaning, this type of humidifier became the less popular choice as time went on.
The steam vaporizer works by heating the water inside its tank to a boil, and vents the steam into the room. The vented steam does the work—killing germs and bacteria, and keeping the room moisturized.
As mentioned, this type of humidifier is not energy efficient because it has a water heater. At the same time, because it requires boiling the water to produce steam, it needs the most amount of cleaning and maintenance.
Warm Mist Vaporizer
This is almost a hybrid between the cool mist humidifier and steam vaporizer. It also heats its water, but it doesn’t bring it to a boil—thus releasing warm mist into the room.
Its warm mist will then do the work—killing bacteria and keeping the room moisturized. It is said that this is the best type of humidifier for people with asthma because it keeps a balanced room temperature that is not too humid or cold.
Since my family lives in a warm area, we chose to have a cool mist humidifier. By searching through Amazon, we found the Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier and looked through the product and its reviews. Since it seemed to be a pretty popular product among shoppers, we decided to give it a try.
The Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier
It is a cool mist humidifier type (obviously from it’s name).
It can hold up to 1.5 gallons of water in its tank.
Runs up to 24 hours per tank filling
Kills up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria
Best used in medium-sized rooms
Can self-adjust according to the moisture a room needs
The unique thing about the Honeywell is that it comes with a UV technology that can help further kill mold, fungus, and bacteria in its water tank—so it doesn’t need constant cleaning compared to other models. This technology also helps kill germs and bacteria around the room—ensuring that your home becomes moisturized and germ-free. This is, in our view, the best humidifier for asthma.
So let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of an Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, HCM-350.
It’s not noisy!
True to its description, the Honeywell is quiet even when used in full blast. Which is why it’s perfect to be used in the living room (because it doesn’t interfere with music or television noise), and in the bedroom. It’s most especially perfect for the baby’s room, because it doesn’t produce white dust too.
The HCM 350 is not high maintenance.
True to the description again, the Honeywell filter doesn’t need to be cleaned up every now and then. The UV technology probably works! We’ve used it for 8 months already, and only cleaned it up last month—it wasn’t even that dirty yet, we just wanted to be sure.
By the way, we used purified water. I think it is a contributing factor as to why our filter didn’t get molds for a long time.
Setting-up and refilling the Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier had been the easiest experience so far. We’ve tried at least 3 different types of humidifiers before this, but this one has the easiest and simple design and functionality.
It’s rather bulky.
Even though the design and functionality are simple, the size of this humidifier is still huge. It’s not a deal-breaker though, because most humidifiers in the market are really large too. This is no exception.
Automatic shut-off doesn’t really work.
It is mentioned on the label, but it doesn’t fully detect the water level in its tank. Sometimes, it automatically goes out when the water is out, but there are also times that it keeps running even if there is no water already.
Water capacity can’t keep up with said “24 hours” run-time.
As stated, the Honeywell can store up to 1.5 gallons of water, and runs for at least 24 hours. However, it doesn’t. Water goes out at around 16 to 18 hours of uninterrupted use, but not a full 24 hours!
The Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier is just right for its price. It does the job well, and because it is functional and not noisy, it’s perfect for families who are expecting a bundle of joy, or those who already have kids or a new baby. The drawback is, you shouldn’t forget to check the water tank each day to make sure if it needs refilling or not. Other than that, this is a pretty decent cool mist humidifier
You may want to take a look at the Honeywell QuietCare Console Humidifier.
Here is a Honeywell Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier review video:
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