This TaoTronics TT-AH004 Ultrasonic Humidifier is a great way to add water vapor to the air in your home to increase the humidity. In most homes, especially in the winter, the air is too dry. This can cause dry and irritated sinuses, throat, eyes, lips, and skin. This causes the
This TaoTronics TT-AH004 Ultrasonic Humidifier is a great way to add water vapor to the air in your home to increase the humidity. In most homes, especially in the winter, the air is too dry. This can cause dry and irritated sinuses, throat, eyes, lips, and skin. This causes the respiratory tract to not function as well, and leads to increased colds, flues and infections. Dry air also results in certain viruses having a longer life span, which is not a good thing. For these reasons, as well as my wife suffering from chronically dry eyes, I have often used a humidifier in the bedroom of our home at night to increase air moisture. We have both noticed improvements, with fewer problems from sore and irritated throats, sinuses, and eyes. This TaoTronics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is an easy and inexpensive way to add more moisture to the air in your home. Cost of operation (for electricity) is very low. The humidifier only uses 25 watts of power on the highest mist setting, and 12 watts on the lowest mist setting (20 watts and 15 watts in the two middle mist settings). This means that the humidifier can operate on the highest mist setting for over 3 hours for less than a penny’s worth of electricity (or for 7 hours on the lowest mist setting). In the past, I have used a Hot Mist Humidifier, where water is heated to near boiling (212 degrees F) to provide steam to humidify the air. I used our old Hot Mist Humidifier in our home when we had small children in the house, and was always very careful, since the steam would burn, if the hand was placed near the humidifier. If you still have one of these old units, I would highly recommend that you dispose of it immediately for safety reasons, and purchase an Ultrasonic Humidifier. In addition, the cost of operation of this Cool Mist Humidifier is less than one tenth the cost of a Hot Mist Humidifier. This humidifier has a water of capacity 1.32 gallons (5 liters). The tank easily lifts upwards from the base of the unit for easy filling. The unit will operate for 13 hours on the highest mist setting. This highest mist setting will add about 12 ounces (350 ml) of water to the air per hour. This will work well in a good sized room (it works well in our large bedroom at night). This rate of water vapor added to the air means that it should work well to humidify an area of about 600 square feet (assuming 9 foot ceilings). It will not fully humidify your entire house if the air is dry. However, it will result in an improvement in humidity in your entire house. The humidifier has a nice large digital display for ambient humidity and for the humidity set point in the automatic mode. Features of this TaoTronics Ultrasonic Humidifier are: 1) The humidifier is simple to operate. The POWER button is pressed once to turn the unit on, and start the misting of the air. There are four mist output levels. The MIST OUTPUT button can then be pushed to change the mist setting from low to each of the four levels with each push of this button. This causes more mist to be emitted with each push of the MIST OUTPUT button until the highest mist output is reached. Another push of this button will return to the low mist output. The unit is turned off with another push of the POWER button. Each of the buttons produces an audible beep when pushed. If you prefer, the AUTO OFF TIMER button can be pushed to set a timer (in one hour increments with each push, up to 24 hours), which turns the humidifier off after the set time has expired. There is also a DELAY START TIMER button which sets a delay timer before the humidifier turns on and starts to mist. This is adjustable in 1 hour increments up to 24 hours before the humidifier will start. There is a SLEEP MODE button which sets the humidifier at the lowest mist output level. The unit will not emit any beeps in this mode. In this mode all buttons are disabled except the POWER button. The display is turned off, except for a dim sleep mode icon. 2) There is a HUMIDITY LEVEL button to control the percent humidity of the air. It is adjustable from 40% relative humidity to 95% in 5% increments. You simply push the button multiple times to step the humidity setting up 5% with each push, which is indicated on the digital display. When 95% is pushed, the unit will then go back to 40% (lowest setting) again. If the air humidity is lower than the setting you want, the humidifier turns on to moisturize the air, if it is lower than you want, the unit turns off. You can maintain a proper humidity for your home, without over saturating the air with moisture. This works exactly like a thermostat is used to control the temperature of the air in your home. The unit will shut off automatically when a low water level is reached, requiring the refilling of the humidifier tank to operate the unit again. 3) The unit is quiet. The room has to be fairly quiet to even hear the humidifier operate, and then only when close to the unit. The noise is pleasant and not objectionable at all, just a barely noticeable small fan noise. 4) The mist produced is cool to the senses, and does not condense as water droplets on nearby objects at all, since the mist produced is cool. With my hot mist humidifier that I previously used, the steam produced would condense as moisture on nearby objects, just like warm air condenses as moisture on the outside of a cold drink glass. 5) The humidifier has a cleanable filter to clean the water of micro-organisms and minerals. It is easily cleanable by dipping the removable filter in white vinegar for 10 minutes, and then rinsing it clean under water. The filter is part of the water filler cap. I like the cleanable filter for lowering operating costs. This TaoTronics Ultrasonic Humidifier seems to be solidly constructed, and high quality materials are used throughout. It has a simple design, which is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The base and the front of the water tank of the humidifier are smooth and made of a white colored plastic. The rear of the upper portion (water tank) is made of a clear blue plastic, and I liked that the water level is easily observed in the tank. Finish is excellent, with no sharp edges anywhere. The design is well thought out, and the controls are intuitive, and are easily mastered with just a few minutes of use. There is also an illustrated manual which covers complete operation of the humidifier. Although I received this TaoTronics Ultrasonic Humidifier (TT-AH004) in exchange for a fair and honest evaluation, I feel that I have done an honest and unbiased evaluation of the product. I did not receive any money or anything else for this evaluation.