- Updated September 10, 2018
- Posted by: June Spencer
There is a plethora of uncontrollable smokes that contaminate the air we inhale, putting our health in danger. While you cannot take any real action regarding air quality outdoors, what you can do is ensure a healthy habitat indoors. In households where allergy or asthma sufferers live, it’s all the more important to focus on air quality as it presents a direct threat to their well-being. This is where humidification devices that specialize in soothing the symptoms of these health issues come into play, ensuring the air indoors is free of allergens and other pollutants.
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An ultrasonic machine that outputs cool mist in order to safely moisturize the air indoors and make it safe to breathe even for those who suffer from dreaded allergies or asthma, the MistAire is the best pick you could opt for by far, performance-wise, as well as price-wise. In addition to boasting an unparalleled efficiency in moisture level increase, the ultrasonic technology it utilizes breaks down the water before releasing it into the air, eliminating toxic chemicals, germs, bacteria, and impurities during this process.
As it features a variable mist control knob, it allows you to select the comfort level that best suits your needs, and thus customize moisture output as you want. On average, it releases approximately 250 milliliters of mist per hour, so humidity levels are bound to rise rapidly if you use it. Seeing how the water tank boasts a 1-gallon or 3.7-liter capacity, you won’t need to refill it all that often, but rather only once every 10 to 24 hours, depending on the speed setting you select.
What we appreciate when it comes to its specs is the fact that it can cover large areas of up to 500 square feet, making for an ideal pick in a medium or large-sized room. This means that it works just as great for the office as it does for the bedroom or living room, providing you with relief from asthma and allergy symptoms so that you may breathe healthily. Combined with the compact and lightweight design it boasts, you won’t have any trouble moving it from room to room as needed to enjoy its performance to its fullest.
Mention Worthy Details
- Features a nightlight that you can activate to create a soothing ambiance in the bedroom – pick between red, blue, and green.
- Delivers an incredibly quiet operation that makes it suitable even for the nursery.
- Compact design – measures 7.5 inches by 10 inches by 12.5 inches.
One of its most spectacular features is the fact that it includes single, as well as dual nozzles in order to allow a truly full customization of its operation. You get to choose the direction of the mist flow as a 360-degree nozzle rotation is put at your disposal. Thus, you can rotate and direct it as needed to get the most out of the humidifier.
What We Like
- Allows full customization of its operation
- Dual nozzle design allows you to direct the mist wherever you want
- Nightlight feature provides a soothing ambiance in the room
What We Dislike
- Only provides cool mist – other products allow you to choose between cool and warm mist
Even though it comes at a reasonably cheap price, this is your go-to solution if you don’t want your asthma or allergies to act up. The technology it uses ensures a thorough purification of the mist released into the air so that your health issues won’t act up, while its wide area coverage make it ideal for any space you intend to place it in.
Another cool mist machine that uses the ultrasonic technology to ensure the air you breathe is free of impurities and allergens, the Honeywell is our favorite pick, by far. Budget-friendly yet highly effective, it delivers an impressive area coverage of up to 400 square feet, which means that it is perfect for the office or bedroom. The ultra-quiet operation ensures you are likely to forget that it is turned on, while the automatic shut-off feature it comes with enhances safety in use as it prevents overheating by stopping its operation when the tank is empty. It might not feature the largest tank out there as it only has a 0.5-gallon capacity, but this isn’t a big issue considering that it can run continuously for up to 20 hours on a filling. It puts variable speed settings at your disposal so that you may customize its operation as you see fit. It comes in 3 color options to pick between, including white, red, and blue. As it measures only 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches by 9.5 inches, you won’t have trouble fitting it on the nightstand or wherever you like. Furthermore, the manufacturing company backs it with a 2-year warranty against defects.
What We Like
- Features a large tank opening that makes it easy to refill the reservoir when needed
- Comes at a reasonable price that makes it an affordable selection
- Ultra-quiet operation makes it ideal for use in the nursery
What We Dislike
- Not the most impressive water tank capacity out there
Another entry that comes at a great price yet doesn’t sacrifice quality or features is the Honeywell, a device that we have grown to love as it proved highly effective in creating a soothing ambiance indoors during our testing trials.
Air Innovations MH-505-BLUE
The ultrasonic technology it utilizes, as aforementioned, making the indoors habitat truly safe and healthy to be in even for those who suffer from certain health issues. What makes it stand out from its competitors is the fact that this cool mist machine is able to run continuously for 70 hours on a full tank if you set it on the lowest of the 4 speed settings it puts at your disposal. If you don’t run it continuously but rather only when you sleep, for example, it means that the tank will require refilling only once every 9 days. This isn’t the only convenient aspect to be enjoyed with it as it even produces little noise when it operates, meaning that you can confidently place it in the nursery without worrying it might disturb the sleep session of your baby/toddler. The water tank it features boasts an anti-microbial construction that further enhances its air quality improving capabilities and safety in use. As it can cover up to 400 square feet, you are not limited when it comes to the room/rooms you can place it in. Additionally, it features a 360-degree rotating mist nozzle that enables you to pick the direction in which the mist goes when it is released, thus ensuring you can focus on problematic areas of the room first.
What We Like
- Features a 360-degree rotating nozzle that allows you to pick the direction in which the mist is outputted
- Tank needs to be refilled only once every 9 days if you set it on the lowest speed setting
- Puts 4 mist settings at your disposal to select between
What We Dislike
- Some customers were bothered by the fact that it needed to be cleaned quite often
Seeing how its only flaw is that it needs occasional cleaning, like all machines do for that matter, it’s safe to say that this is a selection you won’t regret making. It provides a generous area coverage and allows you to fully customize its operation as there are 4 mist output settings to pick between, so you are sure to use it successfully.
A warm mist humidifier that eliminates up to 95% of bacteria found in the water before releasing it into the air as mist in order to ensure a healthy environment for you to be in, the V745A is a selection worth looking into. It features a 1-gallon tank that, when filled and the lowest speed setting is selected, provides up to 12 hours of continuous runtime. In terms of area coverage, it doesn’t do as well as our other entries as it only covers 200 square feet, but it shouldn’t necessarily be a problem as the room you need to use it in might not be larger than this. The translucent tank helps you more easily see when it needs to be refilled, while the automatic shut-off ensures that overheating won’t occur as it shuts the device off in case it runs out of water. There are 2 mist output settings you can pick between to customize its operation, and regardless of what setting you pick, it maintains a whisper-quiet operation. What’s even greater is the fact that you can add medicine into the cup that it features in order to relieve throat and bronchial irritations that come along with a cold.
What We Like
- It puts 2 mist output settings at your disposal
- Features a medicine cup that you can take advantage of to relieve symptoms associated with a cold
- Translucent design of the tank allows you to easily see when it needs to be refilled
What We Dislike
- Smaller runtime than other machines when the tank is filled
Although there is a downside to it, more precisely the fact that it provides an inferior runtime when compared to other machines, it delivers a sufficiently high warm mist output to ensure that humidity levels will be in check and that your allergies and asthma won’t act up as the moisture delivered will be free of impurities and bacteria.
Due to the fact that it uses the ultrasonic technology to turn the water into moisture and normalize humidity levels indoors, you are ensured of a healthy and safe habitat where bacteria and impurities won’t linger in the air. One of the best features of this machine is the fact that it outputs cold, as well as warm mist, so you can have your pick depending on your personal preference. The moisture output speed is customizable as well, which is another plus seeing how you have full control over its operation. It features a 1.7-gallon tank that will require refilling quite rarely, more precisely once every 80 hours if you run it only when you sleep and set it on the lowest output setting. It can cover areas and spaces of up to 400 square feet. The nightlight it features can be turned on or off as you like in order to create a soothing ambiance in the room you place it in. it comes with 2 demineralization cartridges that help improve the quality and purity of the moisture it outputs. Furthermore, there is a 1-year warranty provided against defects by the company that manufactured it.
What We Like
- When the 1.7-gallon tank is filled, it provides up to 80 hours of runtime
- Ultrasonic technology ensures the tank and the water released by it are free of impurities and germs
- Nightlight features ensures a soothing ambiance in the room that you place it in
What We Dislike
- Comes at a higher price when compared to our other entries
Although it isn’t the cheapest acquisition you could make, seeing how it uses the ultrasonic technology to ensure a safe and healthy moisture output so that your health issues won’t act up anymore, it is safe to say that this is an acquisition worth making.
Rating Criteria Explained
|Rating Criteria||Importance||Product to Receive the Best Score|
|Area coverage||The size of the area that the moisture releasing device can cover is one of the pivotal elements to look into when you make the purchase as you want to make sure that it can cover the space you intend to place it in. we gave a higher rating to the model that covers a bigger area as it can be utilized in large spaces, which is the recommended choice to opt for as you are likely to need to move the device from one room to another, thus making sure that it can handle any task you throw its way.||MistAire XL|
|Tank capacity||The amount of water that can fit into the tank shows how often you will need to refill it. This is a convenience aspect worth looking into as you wouldn’t want to end up needing to refill the machine 2-3 times per day only to maintain proper humidity levels indoors.||Air Innovations MH-505-BLUE|
|Runtime||The runtime represents the amount of time that it can run continuously when the tank is filled. Obviously, the bigger the better as it indicates that you will only tend to maintenance work rarely instead of having to check up on the machine too often.||Homedics UHE-WM70|
|Automatic shut-off||When you remove the water tank or when it runs dangerously low on water, the automatic shutoff feature comes in and saves the day by turning it off in order to prevent overheating. No matter how attentive you view yourself as being, it is inevitable for the machine to run low on water at one point and for you to not see this happening, moment when it could be irreparably damaged if this feature isn’t present.||MistAire XL, Honeywell HUL520W, Air Innovations MH-505-BLUE, Vicks V745A, Homedics UHE-WM70|
|Cool and warm mist output||Cool mist, as well as warm mist, do a great job at raising humidity levels indoors in a safe and healthy way. However, machines that allow you to pick the type of moisture they output are more desirable as they allow a higher degree of comfort. Thus, when you feel like you want the room to feel a bit colder, you opt for cool mist, and if you feel comfier with warmth, you pick warm mist.||Homedics UHE-WM70|
|360-degree nozzle rotation||A full rotation of the nozzle it features is highly desirable as it shows that you can manipulate the direction in which the mist is outputted to your liking. This means that you can focus the moisture output in a specific zone of the room where you need it most, like towards the bed or the crib.||MistAire XL, Air Innovations MH-505-BLUE|
|Nightlight||As it provides a soothing atmosphere in the room, the nightlight feature is a desirable one to look into, especially for those who intend to place the machine in the nursery or bedroom. This features doesn’t affect the performance quality of the machine, but it makes a huge difference when it comes to its overall appeal.||MistAire XL, Homedics UHE-WM70|
Control Symptoms through Proper Maintenance
For the humidifier to actually benefit an asthmatic or allergy suffering individual, it must be properly maintained. Otherwise, it will become a growing ground for bacteria, viruses, and even mold. As you are already susceptible to breathing problems, the release of contaminated moisture into the air decays your state of health, instead of helping alleviate your symptoms the system actually worsening them. Here are the guidelines you must remember at all costs if you want to prevent air pollution but rather promote healthy breathing indoors:
- Use clean, contaminant-free water: The quickest way to damage the device, as well as release contaminants into the air is to will the tank with tainted water. What you should do is add distilled or purified water that won’t leave damaging residues behind and that won’t release any health-threatening impurities into the air in the form of mist either.
- Don’t crank up too much: You might be tempted to overuse your newly acquired device, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t any limits that you should follow. A common mistake of asthmatics and allergy sufferers is that, in their desire to normalize indoor humidity levels and create a safe habitat, they crank up the mist output volume too much. You should rely on a hygrometer or humidistat to determine what are the moisture levels indoors at all times, making sure that you don’t pass the 55-60% mark as this implies the creation of an ideal habitat for mold and mildew.
- Keep it clean: Water shouldn’t sit in the reservoir for longer than a day or it will get stale, bacteria will develop in it, and inevitably that bacteria will be released into the air where you will inhale it. As you suffer from breathing conditions already, the last thing you need is for contaminants to trigger your health issues as soon as you enter the door.