Winter is definitely here to stay for awhile. And it brought dry air with it. Ouch! My nose!
Although we LOVE our steam heat, any heat that combats the cold of winter will tend to dry out the air. Last year, we tried radiator pans that were filled with water and hung on the radiator, but we couldn't control the AMOUNT of humidity in the air using that method. Although, it did look really cool.
So, this year, we decided to find a more modern solution for the second floor, knowing that it would be handy for the baby's room too. I am an obsessive researcher for no other reason that I HATE to be bothered to return things. I would rather have thumbtacks poked into my arm. So, I search and search and search.
There is no perfect humidifier that I could afford based on my picky criteria (because that would be a humidifer that filled and cleaned itself). HOWEVER. There were definitely some contenders and I finally chose one. We've been using it and, so far, I have been reasonably pleased. It is the VENTA Sonic VS100 Cool and Warm Ultrasonic Humidifier .
My criteria were as follows:
Venta-Airwasher is a brand that I am familiar with from my musical friends...their heavy duty humidifier-air purifiers are popular with pianists because they do such a great job of regulating humidity in music rooms. But I needed something smaller...and I was excited to see that they had released the Venta Sonic.
I got a unit, put it together and filled it with water (took about 5-6 minutes to figure it out from the directions) and plugged it in.
It was VERY quiet. Apart from the rare, tiny "glug" of water traveling into the base, I couldn't hear a thing. The controls were very simple to understand and use. It isn't digital, which may disappoint some, but I prefer knobs and levers to digital controls because it is a personal preference of mine. (I know, I know...I'm an analog girl.)
Refilling it is a little awkward. It took me a few minutes to figure out how put the water in, reset the cap and then place it on the base. However, this was a BIG improvement over a humidifier I had about 8 years ago where I had to schlep a watering can TO the unit itself. That was no fun. Since I could carry the water container into the bath for refilling and then place it back on the base, I considered that an improvement. This also makes the water container easier to clean on a regular basis. You don't want standing water being left continually in ANY device as this can breed bacteria.
The transparent blue container makes it easier to keep an eye on the water level. It has the choice of warm or cool mist. (Click the link to find out when it is better for you to use one or the other.) And customers on different review websites claim to have very few problems with its reliability and longevity.
So, my nose is happier and less stuffy. Hooray!