Nope. As much as I’d like to have a gallon-size humidifier kicking around when the seasons change, these filter/wick based humidifiers turn into giant mold factories if you look at them sideways. My place doesn’t have a mold problem (a spot or two all within the ‘normal’ range when using mold test kits) but even that is enough to cause these to explode into a full bloom before the end of one season. I say nay.
@1DisabledWarVet The instructions appear to recommend replacing a filter (maybe that’s the swamp pad?) about once a month, but nobody was saying anything about proper cleaning in the comments I read. Where swamp coolers are more common, there’s less mold, and people appear to swap out the pads on them “as needed”. Here? Yeesh. It would be slimed in three days, tops.
@werehatrack, Well I did mention cleanin it, but didn’t include instructions on how to DIY ‘Properly’!! I got one even though I live in the deep deep south. I plan ta R&R the filter every month & wash the disassembled parts [ if I ever get around to opennng d box & using the fn thing!]!
Any humidifier that uses a filter or “wick” especially with hard water will need replacement often as they tend to fall apart from the minerals and cleaning. In Arizona I’ve gone through almost a dozen humidifiers. Make sure you can get replacements and the cost is not prohibitive. I was interested until I saw it uses one.
@craigcush This unit appears to use the same cylindrical wicking media used by a dozen other models, including my Honeywell ‘Germ Free’ model (uses a UV bulb to sterilize the water), which cost less than $10 at Walmart. During winter, I change the wicking media about once a month.
@craigcush A filter for me generally lasts an entire season. Every month or so I remove it and soak it in a vinegar/water mixture and it dissolves all the crusted minerals. You can’t do that indefinitely, but it extends the filter life for several cycles.
@hchavers Heh. Looking closer at the Amazon feedback, it looks like the 2 gallon ones weren’t. There was just a one-gallon version, and some of the sellers listed it as two-gallon, engaging in the great marketing tradition of specifications inflation. (This is most egregiously done with the specs for laser pointers. Don’t ask.)
@The_Tim A pencil sharpener whose shavings include no graphite. Right. But even loonier, one of the different-brand identical-unit listings on Amazon shows a happy little girl drawing something with a pencil, and next to her is one of these with the collection cup unsnapped and sitting off the unit, and nary a crumb of debris is anywhere in the area.
@jayman007@mjonczak And oddly enough, most of the reviews seem to be from 2013. Maybe the earlier batch was lower-quality crap, but why are 34% of the ratings three-star, with next to no reviews since 2014?
I just got a humidifier in my IRK a few days ago. (waiting to take a pic to post) From what I’m reading here in the comments, LOTS of other people are going to be getting them in their future IRKs too! Lol
@Lynnerizer If it’s ultrasonic, just use distilled water and they’re fine. If you put tap water into one of those, or bottled “drinking water” for that matter, the droplets will evaporate leaving an airborne mineral dust that ends up in your lungs and everywhere else. This is Not A Good Idea.
@werehatrack I guess not! Sounds like a lot of people could have damaged their lungs. I bet half of the people who bought these kind of humidifiers don’t read what kind of water to use! I mean most people think water is just water! Right?
The only time I’ve ever needed a humidifier was for my allergies when I was a kid and for my BF son when he was a kid. Even then I think it might have been a vaporizer. Dehumidifiers is what I’m used of needing.
@Kidsandliz Gotta be careful where you get that Texas air. El Paso or Midland stuff is likely to be drier than yours, and there’s just no telling what kind of free bonus extras are in the air from places along the upper Gulf Coast.
When I moved to this place 2.5 years ago, I found that I have to sleep with a humidifier or I get a sinus headache. I have a cheap Amazon one you fill from the top, which isn’t as good as it sounds. And I like that this has a filter, I’m tired of the fine layer calcium all over my furniture. And I like that you can pull the water container out and that it’s a gallon. The one I have is only 2.5 litres and I have to add water every night. It’s just not quite big enough to make it through two days. This is exactly what I was looking for.
I wish we had a 50 gallon drum with a spigot in MN. Our dehumidifiers suck out about 2 gallons a day and our humidifiers (ultrasonic, not wick) use about 2 gallons a day. The water from the dehumidifier is essentially distilled…but I would not drink it.
My understanding is that this usually is a case of putting a dehumidifier in the basement, where it tends to be damp, and humidifiers upstairs where the action of the heating tends to make it dry.