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Post# 362780   11/25/2016 at 15:50 (271 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        

So, my primary collection is vacuum cleaners, but I also have a small humidifier collection, wonder if anyone else on here finds these interesting. There are actually a few different technologies that are used by these appliances. I'm not really a fan of the warm mist models, I prefer the cool mist variety. There are three different technologies that I've seen with these. I think the first type is called evaporative, I have one of those made by honeywell, they use a wick filter and the fan blows air through it, these work well but are kind of loud because of the large fan. The second kind is not seen much anymore but I think they are kind of neat. I think they are known as impeller humidifiers. I think they still use a fan, but not sure. A plastic tube sits in the water and spins, and it moves the water through what looks like a bunch of teeth, probably a defuser or something. I have a vicks model 4500 that works this way, I actually like the sound these produce. When I was growing up, there was a really popular brand of these called hankscraft. Then there are ultrasonic models, I have several of those, they are really quiet, I guess they use ultrasonic sound waves to break up the water in to a mist. Wondering if anyone else has played with any humidifiers and if so, what are your favorite ones?

Post# 362786 , Reply# 1   11/25/2016 at 19:36 (271 days old) by cuffs054 (monticello, ga)        

I'm glad you started this thread. I need a whole house unit, but NOT furnace mount. I know little about humidifiers and would love to get some opinions.

Post# 362793 , Reply# 2   11/26/2016 at 01:17 (271 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
whole house models

You may need more than one unit to cover the entire house, but I can provide links to some console and large room models. For large rooms, the two types that are available are evaporative and ultrasonic. The evaporative models will be louder, and you will need to replace the wick filter from time to time. Also, all humidifiers need to be disinfected every couple of weeks.
First, there's the honeywell hev680
Then there is the holmes console humidifier
If you want to go the ultrasonic route, here are links to some of those for large rooms. These three are also ones I would like to add to my collection. First, we have the boneco u700.
Then we have the guardian technologies h8000b. This one has wands you can attach to allow the mist to be dispersed higher in the room.
And finally there is the vornado ultrasonic humidifier, this one has a built in vortex fan to help distribute the mist.
Actually, vornado also makes evaporative models, here is a link to their largest one of those.

Post# 362795 , Reply# 3   11/26/2016 at 07:30 (270 days old) by cuffs054 (monticello, ga)        

n0, thanks that's a big help.

Post# 362797 , Reply# 4   11/26/2016 at 08:21 (270 days old) by vacerator (Macomb Michigan)        
I've had

a few different furnace mounted types, including one motorized. It always jumped off the trunyun. One was an air driven one which worked rather well. It was mounted in the warm air duct just above the furnace.
Now I have the April Aire wicking type with the trickle water line. It's hard to regulate with the humididstat, and it can leak. I just barley open the water valve to control that. It drains into the furnace condensate line, and even with the valve only opened slightly still drips into the floor drain. If my windows sweat at all, I just turn it off for a while at the humidistat. At least we don't wake up all dry in the sinuses in the morning.

Post# 362801 , Reply# 5   11/26/2016 at 09:56 (270 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
moisture regulation

I know many of the ones that hook up to a furnace have to be flushed from time to time to avoid having a pan of water sitting for too long. For the portable models, it's interesting how they regulate the moisture output. Many of them have a humidistat that allows you to set the relative humidity you want. I would suggest around 50 percent, or 60 percent if you want to completely eliminate static electricity. You probably don't want to go above 60 percent since that can encourage the formation of mold. Interestingly, the evaporative models are actually self regulating, if the humidity is high, less water will evaporate from the filter pad.

Post# 364393 , Reply# 6   12/30/2016 at 11:39 (236 days old) by n0oxy (Saint Louis Missouri, United States)        
another great ultrasonic humidifier for the collection

Found another one for the collection, it's made by a company called heaven fresh.
This one's warm mist setting is unique. There are other ultrasonic humidifiers that can produce warm mist, they heat the water to around 100 degrees or so. This one actually has 3 warm mist settings, and when you set it all the way up, it actually boils the water and produces steam.

Post# 364412 , Reply# 7   12/30/2016 at 15:59 (236 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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The one I remember having in the house as a child was made by Devilbiss and had a big glass jar for water, maybe a gallon capacity, that had blue stripes on it. It had a black plastic (bakelite?) piece that went down into the water and heated it, drawing steam up through the center and out the top. There was also a little reservoir on the top, just in front of the steam outlet hole, where you could put a blob of Vick's Vap-O-Rub to infuse the stem with menthol. Below is an eBay listing for one just like it.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO human's LINK on eBay

Post# 364619 , Reply# 8   1/3/2017 at 21:46 (232 days old) by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
Re Furnace humidifier

When I was a kid we had one on our oil furnace called a Bon Air, it had a motor that turned a small rubber belt that spun in a reservoir of water, slinging the water into very fine droplets.

Post# 364748 , Reply# 9   1/6/2017 at 08:59 (229 days old) by kirbysthebest (Wichita, KS)        

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Post# 365732 , Reply# 10   1/27/2017 at 21:34 (208 days old) by Luxkid1980 (Richmond, Virginia)        

I like the ultrasonic variety since they are pretty quiet. I have a model by Welbilt that holds 2.1 gallons in the reservoir and the humidity level and mist intensity can be controlled.

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