Every winter morning without fail I wake up with dry, cracked lips and my nose is always stuffy. The air is so dry that it pierces my throat every time I take a breath. So I have wanted to try a humidifier for a long time. There is just one problem: my fear of potential mold growth. Following some research, I found that if you get the right humidifier, change the water daily, and clean the unit regularly, your chances of mold growth are slim to none. Choosing the "right" humidifier however may prove challenging as there are various different kinds of humidifiers to pick from that work in different ways.
I think with the Air O Swiss 7144 Ultrasonic Warm & Cool Mist Humidifier, I found just that, the "right" humidifier. This humidifier is equipped with antibacterial features that sanitize the water to kill lingering bacteria and pathogens before they are released into the air. One of them is the Hydro Cell. The Hydro Cell is great because it helps reduce the heavy metals, impurities, odor causing chemicals and pesticides from ordinary tap water; keeping the humidifier operating at its highest level while maximizing filter life. The down side to this is that it needs to be replaced every 4 to 8 weeks.
|This is the Hydro Cell|
It is also important to find a humidifier with an internal digital hygrostat to control humidification, which the Air-O-Swiss 7144 has! Once the hygrostat senses that the humidity has reached your desired level, it turns off the mist until the humidity drops below that setting, then turns the mist back on. I also love that this humidifier is practically silent. Occasionally you may hear the slight gurgle of the tank filling but other than that it is super quiet. Another great feature is the mist output setting, meaning you can choose how much mist gets released at once.
· Warm or cool mist option
· Built-in digital hygrostat for controlled humidification
· Intelligent Temperature Compensation - auto regulates the output adjusted to the temperature of the room
· Electronic controls with LCD display
· Desired humidity level settings: 40% - 80%
· Dual mist output direction control
· Mist output option with 3 levels
· Sleep mode
· Virtually silent operation
· Transparent water tank
· Automatic shut-off with tank empty indicator
· Cleaning indicator
The Air-O-Swiss cleaning indicator is programmed to go off every 2 weeks (depending on level of use). When it appears you should visually inspect the base for dirt or mineral build up. Wipe down and rinse both the tank and the base with clean hot water. Change the water in your humidifier daily. Stagnant water is a desirable breeding ground for mold spores and bacteria.
Every month it is STRONGLY recommended to give your humidifier a good deep cleaning and decalcification with EZCal. EZCal cleaning and descaling solution is the only thing other than water that you should use to clean your humidifier (using anything else may harm your unit and void the warranty). Failing to clean the humidifier’s components and change the water regularly can be very dangerous to your health!
But all in all compared to other humidifier units maintaining the Air O Swiss is the least demanding.
Still skeptical about buying a humidifier??Did you know that a humidifier:
Aids in the healing process- Whether you are suffering from a cold, asthma, or allergies, a humidifier keeps your nasal passages, throat, and lungs moist, making them easier to clear.
Helps protect furniture- Keeping wood flooring from drying out, separating and cracking, and wood furniture from cracking and splitting, a humidifier is perfect for any room.
Removes Static Electricity – When the air is dry, static electricity is to blame for frizzy hair and wrinkled clothes. But raising the humidity level in your home will help reduce the amount of the static electricity and prevent electric shocks.
Reduces snoring – Humidity moisturizes the respiratory system, which can reduce the intensity and loudness of snoring.
Magnifies your beauty- The humidity from using a humidifier reduces chapped lips, dry, red eyes and dry, itchy skin.
Reduces Allergies & Infection- Water, or more precisely, humidity binds the loose particles like pollen and allows them to sink to the ground, thus reducing allergic reactions.
Creates a healthier Environment for Indoor Plants – The best solution for dry, dying plants is to moisten the air around them with a humidifier.
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