Name: AOS 7142 Digital Warm & Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier by AIR-O-SWISS
Rating: Strong Recommend*
In late 2008 (or possibly early 2009) I purchased this unit to cope with our apartment's super-drying central heat. The manufacturer claimed its built-in hygrostat would maintain a desired humidity level in approximately 860 square feet, and it did just that. The unit is on its third winter and is still performing perfectly.
Before purchasing this unit, we often replaced our humidifier every year. Perhaps their "engines" would have lasted longer, but because of planned obsolescence, hard water minerals and bacterial growth, I usually decommissioned each one after only one season. There was just no way to keep them clean and bacteria-free, and for someone who suffers from sinus infections and allergies this was a non-negotiable point.
The AIR-O-SWISS model might be more expensive, but in the long run I found it's worth its ticket.
Product Attributes I Heart:
- Easy to clean
- No mold or bacterial growth
- Large water tank
- Programmable hygrostat
- Super quiet
- Cleaning indicator
- Produces a fine mist that doesn't pool on the floor
Manufacturer's Description: This digital ultrasonic humidifier uses high-frequency vibrations to turn the water into a micro-fine mist when blown into a room immediately evaporates. Choose the pre-heating function and mist exits the appliance at a pleasant 104 °F. «ITC™» technology (Intelligent Temperature Compensation) monitors the temperature and automatically adjusts the output when conditions change. A replaceable demineralization (Ag+ Ionic Silver Technology) cartridge ensures water mist without lime scale or mineral residues, and the AIR-O-SWISS quad-band microbial protection system helps prevent microbial growth in the water base. This is particularly important when the humidifier is not used for some time with water remaining in the base.
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