Hi there! �� mom of twin babies here, I have been through a few humidifiers! Question, do you have your own office, or are you in a cubicle?
Here are a few things: 1. Cool mist humidifiers make your space clammy, and they push out a stream of “vapor”, which for you might work out bc you could point it towards yourself. They can breed bacteria, and the ones I have used all leaked all over my table, so beware. Whatever one you end up using, put it in a shallow bowl so that if it does leak, it doesn’t short circuit your computer. 2. If you get cold in your office, I suggest a warm mist humidifier. 2. If you have more space on your floor in your own office, I suggest the best reviewed humidifier listed below. It doesn’t mist which is nice, it has a UV filter to kill any bacteria (usually have to change out once a season, WELL worth it compared to the cool mist ones that break and you have to clean all the time). It also helps circulate air, and you can put tap water instead of distilled water. The other ones require distilled. (I still put Brita filtered water in mine). You could put in on the floor, next to your office plant or something. It has three settings as wel. I figure if you’re going to really get a humidifier, do it right. I’m also not worried about this one leaking all over everything. This is the one we have in our house, though I’m looking for a warm one too. Hope this helps! Honeywell Humidifier on Amazon
P.S this is not a cute little small thing, it’s BIG, but you can put it on your floor. I would suggest this or something like this one.
Big recommendation for this Honeywell. Easy to get your hands in and wipe everything. Very few pieces. Also rec buying some kind of bacteriostatic treatment to help keep it clean.
I’ve been using the Honeywell HCM 350 which has a very easy to clean tank and can run all night. Whoever one you end up choosing, the most important thing to keep in mind with humidifiers is consistent cleaning, at the very least once a week.
I had this exact same problem, brother- I was using high ppm tap water in an ultra sonic humidifier. White mineral dust was coating everything and clogging up my carbon filter. You can switch to distilled water, as was mentioned. Or you can switch to an evaporative humidifier like this. This humidifier doesn't make dust. It uses a replaceable wick/filter which traps the minerals.
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I've been using a cool humidifier for years. Specifically this one which looks like its been discontinued.
It uses less energy compared to ultrasonic and steam humidifiers.
But you have to buy replacement wicks and do a bit of maintenance on them. If you just leave them to constantly be soaked and using it 24/7, you'll end up growing mold on them in like a week.
What I do is have 2 or 3 wicks in rotation so I can let them dry out. I also wash them occasionally with vinegar(make sure you thoroughly rinse them out or they'll make your room smell like vinegar.
The other thing thing(with my model at least) is you can occasionally hear a gurgling sound when the water tank is feeding water. I don't mind because it only last a couple seconds, but just a heads up.
I use two humidifiers in my apartment, one of them from my girlfriend which produces the white residue as you mentioned. The other one I have does not produce white residue, and it's this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QAYJPO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The annoying thing is you have to constantly buy new filters for it, and rotating the filter helps as well. So it just takes more effort, up to you if that's worth not having the white residue. Also, yeah I have no idea how people use distilled water for it, it uses gallons of water a day, so I just use tap water.
I have a feeling they're out of stock. We got them off Amazon several months back. Sell like hotcakes in the winter. Might have to do "notify when available" on Amazon or if you're lucky and live in the right state, Nebraska Furniture Mart might have em
I bought a Honeywell HCM350W humidifier off Amazon like 1 month ago. It's pretty small tbh. I haven't done anything with the filter so far and I still wake up with the same benefits to my eyes. The water where I live (Long Island, NY) isn't so hard, and the humidity isn't so bad here either, so I only ever use the humidifier on the lowest setting. However I should probably clean all of it sometime soon
Ultimately the humidifier wasn't what gave me the long-lasting relief that I really needed, and it this point I don't think I really need it anymore (many nights I don't even use it). After about 2.5 months of taking Xiidra (twice a day), I finally noticed some big-time long-lasting relief in my dry eye sypmtoms. The humidifier does make a noticeable difference in how my eyes feel when I wake up, but after 15 minutes that dryness will go away, especially if I take my regular morning dose of Xiidra.
There's only one humidifier that'll cut it realistically and allow you add more plants in the future - Honeywell HCM350W/B - It's not cheap and filters need to replaced monthly but it works and can run 24 hrs on one tank - 4000+ people will vouch for it. I got mine on ebay for $30 ish but I would have paid full price for it. There's one by Taotronics as well but that sprays mist like your current one, the honeywell one is mostly invisible because it works on a complete different principle. Also the Taotronics one's water re-fill is bit difficult from what I read.
sounds good, this is the humidifier i have. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002QAYJPO/ref=pe_385040_127541850_TE_item
Currently my heater is just one of them portable electric radiators, i hope... it works but i may need to invest in something else.
Do you know of any budget fans/hepa solutions?
I have been meaning to go to home depot to look again but all the ones i find online are like $250+
CO2 will also be added in a few stages (the sensor is so expensive like 50 bux).
The exact models look like they’re out of stock on Amazon, but this is what I run in the bedrooms (one per bedroom) and this is the larger one that I run for the downstairs living area. Both models are Honeywell, and I’ve had them for six years now- worth the investment. :) I only use distilled water in them, which seems to help make the filters last longer.
I have this Honeywell for my bedroom. Not sure why it says cool mist because it's definitely evaporative.
It has two very small LEDs that are not very bright and easily covered. It uses UV to sanitize the water. No humidistat, but it has a physical switch so you can put it on a timer or controller. Also the base and tank are dishwasher safe so that's nice.
I have this bigger one for the rest of my apartment. I think I have an older model than the one linked but my display just has green segmented numbers, not overly bright, but again easy to cover.
If you have light (and space) your shower is the best humidifier! I have neither so I bought a honeywell from Amazon and I love it!
I use these
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Lots of humidifiers can absolutely be used with hardwood floors! I use an evaporative Honeywell, there is no visible mist from humidifiers like this and nothing around it gets "wet" like older humidifiers tend to do. It's no different than summer weather on hardwood floors. I also have one of these that directs the mist like 4 feet up, and again none of the flooring around it gets damp or wet at all. And finally, I have one of these on a shelf next to some calatheas. It puts out just enough moisture to keep the plants happy but certainly not enough to affect flooring.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002QAYJPO/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1 Humidifier https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088KK88NH/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 option for a light. Sorry I didnt get back to you yesterday after I said I would. The light is a new one I found that has good light rating for more a decent area. This will cover a 3x3 or 4x4 with good lighting. The nice thing with this one is that it has an adjustment to set the amount of lighting you want for x amount of distance. this is something I struggled to find with my current lighting which was 50 bucks. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VBKDHKQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ^ is my first one. Very good but very bright but no adjustments Today is the last day for prime day which they have discounted these items. I ended up getting another of the parfactworks lights just in case cause the price is good and I know it works.
One pro to the parfacts one is you can daisey link them. Neither one of these have fans or anything to cool them. They stay pretty cool and quiet.
I have two of the below and really like them. Easy to refill, easy to clean, filters are not too expensive. But you can find cheaper options or go all-out with really expensive ones with extra air filtering, etc.
I grow in 4x 2x4 tents and use one of these in each tent during veg .. I would definitely recommend them
I got another one that you can set timer :) Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002QAYJPO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_3ZjxCb7XTGJ84
This humidifier has changed my life
I bought one of these a month ago & like it:
Really easy to keep clean (empty out at night & let the filter air-dry to prevent mold) the water reservoir lasts about 12 hours on high. If you really need to clean it, you can put it in the dishwasher & purchase a new filter for about $10 a pop. I keep it downstairs in the living area so it only brings the humidity up about 4-5%, so it would probably do a lot better in a smaller room. If I had the money I would look into one of those whole house humidifiers that hook up to the ac unit, but for now, this works well enough. :)
I also picked up this hydrometer to keep track of the humidity is in the house:
Does it have to be warm/cool mist? I got a Honeywell HCM-350, which is a evaporative model (uses a fan with a filter to humidify the air), and it works well at keeping my room at ~40-45% humidity. Here's a review, along with their recommendation for warm/cool mist options.
I bought the Honeywell HCM-350 based on this roundup review, and I'm very happy about it. The design is super simple and ingenious.
Previously I had two warm mist humidifiers. Cleaning the hard water scale on the heating elements was such a pain, since they are affixed to the unit. I had to disassemble them and soak them in citric acid water in the bath tub for hours, then scrub and rinse, repeat. They are also relatively loud.
Now I just take the paper wick out once a month and soak that in citric acid water, rinse, and put it back. Even if the wick is all plugged up I can just go buy a new one pretty cheaply.
I use two when it gets really dry out and I have never had a problem with them. Just make sure that you're diligent about disinfecting it. I have a Honeywell and a Crane Drop. Both work. The crane does not have a filter and needs to be washed out with white vinegar every week or so to avoid contaminants (ie mold) going into the air, but you can visually see the spray coming out of it. On the other hand, The Honeywell requires a filter and I only use either of them about 3-4 weeks out of the year.. So it's an annual purchase for me. I still wash it out with white vinegar about half so often as the Crane for safety. It's got a cooler mist (so far as I can tell) and you can't see it, but it works well. It's also easier to fill with water and has a larger basin. I'm not sure what your budget or room is like, but if you consider either of these I'd suggest the Honeywell. It's just got a larger footprint, so make sure that you have the space.