A humidifier is a machine that release moisture into the air. Whereas dehumidifier are needed in situations such as a damp, moist basement as to prevent mold, humidifiers curb the harsh and painful bite of dry air by increasing the moisture.
A particularly troublesome time is during winter. When cold, frigid air is heated, all the natural moisture is taken out. This is bad for the respiratory system. It dries out the mucus membranes and sinuses can become inflamed. These symptoms, untreated, become worse and can develop into infections. A humidifier solves the dilemma.
I've recently purchased and been using Safety 1st's Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier. Here I will go over how the it holds up, its features, and whether it is a product worth recommending.
The Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier has a simple, yet effective design. It comes, essentially, with three parts: the base, reserve tank, and dual nozzle head.
The base is light and doesn’t take up unnecessary space. There is a control dial in the front that adjusts the volume of mist emitted and an on/off switch in the back.
The reserve tank holds a significant amount of water. There is an efficient handhold on the top of the tank. A nice feature of the device is that it automatically turns off when the reserve tank has run out of water.
The features of the dual nozzle is placed within the name of the device. Each of the two heads spins a full 360 degrees, independently.
After several months or regular, consistent use, everything is like new. There haven’t been any problems or dysfunctions with the unit at all. At full volume, the humidifier will run for around 12 hours. At the lowest, it can run for well beyond 36 hours. The automatic switch-off is great for preventing damage to the unit and the electricity bill.
Personally, I boil the water, let it cool, then place it in the reserve tank. I’ve noticed an unpleasant smell and taste when I have ran water straight from the tap through the humidifier. So I do those purifying measures before use. This is by choice and preference; by no means is it required.
Being an ultrasonic humidifier, the device requires cleaning due to the bacteria and fungi that can produce if untreated. Extremely neglected devices are huge health risks being that you can release the harmful microorganisms into the air and be inhaling them.
Cleaning is easy and can be done with simple white vinegar. For cleaning the tank, fill halfway with water and add a few tablespoons of white vinegar and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Do the same for the base. This eliminates any possible bacteria or growth from forming.
Personally, I’ve found the Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier to be one of the most efficient and effective humidifier I’ve ever owned. The ones I’ve owned in the past had a large base, clumsy designed, were limited in distributing the mist, and would require refilling often.
None of those problems persist with this model. I particularly appreciate being able to adjust the mist volume, being that the situation changes and humidity levels are always fluctuating.
- Automatic switch-off
- Control: mist volume & nozzle adjustment
- Large reserve tank