Too many people ignore the importance of proper humidity levels in their homes. Sure, we all complain about our humid summers in Columbus, OH, but few stop to think about our dry winter air and how many problems it causes. Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know you don't have to put up with things like static electricity, health problems, and damage to woodwork and wood furniture caused by air that is too dry.
The worry-free whole house option
Fire & Ice has no doubt those are all fine choices for what they do, but is a portable humidifier what you really want? To coin an old phrase when it comes to humidifiers, once you go whole house you will never go back.
What are we talking about?
A whole-house humidifier is attached to your central heating system and is connected to your home's water supply giving you two huge advantages:
- The moisture is carried through your ductwork and distributed evenly throughout the house. No need for separate portable units getting in the way in each room or having to move them from room to room.
- Because there's a constant water supply there is no tank to refill and no standing water to promote the growth of mold and bacteria.
Fire & Ice features and recommends whole-house humidifiers by Aprilaire with the same reputation for reliability as their furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps. They can be used with any make or model furnace. These Aprilaire units can provide humidification for homes from 3,000 to 4,200 square feet depending on the model you buy.
These are one solution. Generally speaking, portable units are able to provide humidification in a single room. After doing some online research, here are some of the top-rated portable humidifier reviews for 2019.
Pure Ultrasonic Cool Mist: This could be the perfect choice for any medium-size room. It has a clear tank so you can always see how much water is left until it needs to be refilled.
Honeywell HCM350B: This is another cool mist humidifier that boasts of being germ-free. That's because it comes with a wicking filter to remove germs, bacteria, and mold from the water before it's misted into your home.
Taotronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist: If appearance is important you may want to consider this model. This is sleeker and more stylish making it easier to place in a prominent location.
Aircare MA1201: This is an evaporative humidifier the reviewers describe as no-frills. It is touted as a whole-house humidifier but still has a water tank that needs to be filled about every other day.
Dyson AM10 Humidifier: Yes, this is from the same folks who do the vacuum cleaners. Dyson claims it can do double duty by releasing high-velocity cold air to help cool your home in the summer. The unit is certified asthma and allergy safe by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. It is, however, one of the priciest portable humidifiers.
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