Using a small room humidifier in your child’s nursery, a family member’s sick room or your art studio, to preserve your works, is the conscientious thing to do, especially if you live in an area which sees climactic extremes of hot or cold weather and if you use an air-drying thermostat or air conditioner. Humidifiers boast a myriad benefits, from clearing up and preventing congestion to protecting your electronic equipment from the detriments of excessive static electricity.

Knowing that a humidifier can improve your quality of life and the longevity of your belongings, it may be a good idea to make the investment, however, you might be a little overwhelmed by the number of products on the market. You’ll likely notice two kinds of humidifiers in stores, warm mist humidifiers and cool mist humidifiers or Ultrasonic humidifiers. If it’s a small space that you’re looking to humidify, a cool mist or Ultrasonic humidifier such as the Honeywell HUL520W will likely be the best option for you, here’s why…

The downside of using a warm mist humidifier:

Not Small Room Friendly

Because warm mist humidifiers produce more moisture than the cool mist variety, they may be too effective to achieve the right humidity levels in a small room. Humidity levels over 50% will encourage mold and spore growth, as well as dust mites! A cool, ultrasonic humidifier will produce a finer mist and make a more suitable small room humidifier.

Not Child Friendly

Warm mist humidifiers pose a serious burning hazard to both children and adults, since they make use of a heating element and the tank is usually full of scalding hot water. The last thing you need is a family pet knocking over your humidifier and getting burned or worse yet, a small child.

Mineral Deposits

Warm mist humidifiers often produce a white, powdery residue which settles all over you furniture or within the components of the device itself. These are mineral deposits, separated from the water during the boiling process and they may become even more of a bother if you’re using the device within a confined space.

High Running Costs

Because warm mist humidifiers have to keep water hot in order to produce a continuous stream of warm mist, your electrical bill may become too much to deal with. When you’re a new parent or recovering from illness, the last thing you need is an excessively high bill eating out of your tight budget.

Features of The Honeywell Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier:

Ultra Quiet Operation

The Honeywell Mistmate makes a far more suitable small room humidifier because of the silent, ultrasonic mechanism that’s completely inaudible to the human ear.

No Filters Required

Filters act as breeding grounds for bacteria which could end up posing a health risk to you and your loved ones, especially when you’re forced to come in contact with the filter to change it. This device uses no filter and requires no expensive and tricky, regular filter change. It is recommended that you make use of distilled water in the device, just to be safe.

Variable Output Control

An easy to use dial on the front of the device allows you to control the flow of mist, so you can adjust it according to room size or situations. A very small room may require a very low setting, just as you might prefer to raise the setting when you’re feeling particularly congested.

Large Tank For Long Runtime

The 0.5 gallon tank provides up to 20 hours of runtime, meaning fewer refills and far less effort on your part.

Honeywell HUL520W Maintenance

Device Cleaning

Honeywell does recommend a once a week cleaning regime for your MIstmate Ultrasonic Humidifier, using bleach and vinegar for sterilization and descaling. The descaling process involves soaking the reservoir in a white vinegar solution to eliminate buildup (which occurs when you don’t use distilled water) and then doing the same with the bleach in order to disinfect.

The cleaning regime is relatively easy but spilling water on the setting dial could end up damaging the mechanism so it’s recommended that you make use of some of the handy cleaning accessories on the market.

Cleaning Cartridges

I suggest you cut down your cleaning time by using distilled water and including an accessory such as the Protec cleaning cartridge, which will eliminate mold and bacteria and save you from having to clean the device for as long as 30 days. It’s a little tear drop shaped, plastic accessory which releases an antibacterial mix that’ll kill all the germs in your water for up to a month. Very safe and useful and it will save you a whole lot of effort!

In Conclusion

I hope I’ve helped to simplify your search for the perfect small room humidifier, I know that shopping for items like this can be daunting, especially when you require the product for medical reasons or child safety. It’s good to know that the Honeywell Mistmate Cool Mist Humidifier will have you covered and that there are accessories available that’ll make cleaning the device a little less of a hassle for you. Wishing you all he best with your purchase and with getting those moisture levels just right!