A humidifier from Honeywell can be purchased with confidence. Honeywell International is a trusted American brand that has been in business for 113 years. This Fortune 100 company designs and manufactures all kinds of consumer home products including dehumidifiers, heaters, fans, thermostats, air conditioners and security systems. It also has an aerospace division that creates guidance systems and propulsion engines for jet planes. No matter what you buy from Honeywell, it is likely to feature the latest technology.
Features to consider while choosing a Honeywell humidifier
Before purchasing a humidifier, you might want to consider whether the model’s coverage area suits your room, if the there is a filter inside, and how much of noise it produces, among others. To equip you with all the information necessary, we’ve created this section.
Water tank capacity
The water tank capacity of your humidifier is important, especially if you want to leave the unit running continuously. Most water tanks need to be at least a gallon in size to keep working for 24 hours. A tank that is 0.8 of a gallon such as the Honeywell HEV320 only runs for 18 hours. A smaller water tank capacity is better if you are not able to lift heavy plastic canisters full of water. A dual tank model, such as the Honeywell HCM-350W has solved this issue by splitting up the three-gallon capacity of the tank into two canisters, that are easier to refill and carry.
The runtime of a humidifier with a gallon tank is usually about 24 hours. The bigger, the tank, the longer the runtime, so that is something to keep in mind if you do not want to be running back and forth to refill the tank all of the time. The best humidifiers, such as our top choice, the Honeywell HWM705B, have an indicator light that tells you when the tank is dry.
Before buying a humidifier it is important to know its coverage area. Most humidifiers cover from 300 to 800 square feet, depending on the model.
The smaller coverage of up to 300 square feet is better for bedrooms, nurseries and bathrooms, while models with the capacity of over 500 square feet can cover a large living room, kitchen or office. Some models, like the Honeywell HCM-350W
are capable of humidifying your entire home (up to 2,300 square feet.)
If there is a filter
Humidifiers with a filter might be less expensive than some filterless ones run by evaporation technology, but it is a good idea to determine whether or not you will need to buy expensive filters or filter cartridges to keep the unit running in a hygienic manner. The best humidifiers, such as our top choice, the Honeywell HWM705B, sanitize and moisturize the air without the need to always replace an expensive filter.
Almost all humidifiers run a little quieter when selected to operate at their lowest level, so choosing a unit with multiple speeds is a good idea if you want to keep the noise of its operation down at night. The larger the unit’s area of coverage is, the louder it might be. Quite a few of our top-rated Honeywell humidifiers, such as the Honeywell HWM705B, Honeywell HUL535B and the Honeywell HUL520B are whisper quiet, even when operating at a higher setting.
Dimensions and weight
The dimensions and weight of a humidifier are important to think about, especially if you are intending to move it from room to room. Thankfully many modern humidifiers are small enough to sit up on a counter or shelf weighing less than four pounds, as is the case with the Honeywell HWM705B, Honeywell HUL535B and the Honeywell HUL520B. A larger, more unwieldy floor model, such as the Honeywell HCM-350W, will be on casters so it can be effortlessly moved from one room to another.
Smaller portable models of humidifiers, such as the Honeywell HUL535B and the Honeywell HUL520B usually come with a limited warranty of at least two years and the larger ones with heavier plastic parts such as the Honeywell HCM-6009 and Honeywell HCM-350W usually come with a limited warranty of at least three years.
There are all kinds of extra features that you can look for when shopping for a Honeywell humidifier such as
- Filter-free units that use evaporation technology to moisturize the air;
- Lightweight transparent tanks that allow you to monitor water levels;
- Removable spill-proof tanks with air-tight lids;
- Dishwasher safe tanks, trays and other parts;
- Medicine cups that allow you to safely add liquid inhalants into the unit;
- A dial knob or digital display that allows you to set your goal humidification percent;
- A built-in humidistat;
- An indicator light that tells you when it is time to empty the water tank;
- An auto shut-off mechanism that is triggered when the unit is full;
- Quiet operation no matter what setting or speed it is on;
- Casters that allow you to easily move the humidifier from room to room.
Tips to prolong your humidifier’s life
In order to prolong your humidifier’s life be sure to:
- Frequently vacuum the area around the humidifier to prevent dust, dirt and bacteria from getting inside of the unit.
- Use distilled water instead of tap water in the tank to prevent mineral deposits from forming in the unit, especially if you live in an area known for its hard water.
- If your unit has a filter and you run it continuously, then be sure to change it every three months.
- If your humidifier requires a special cleaning cartridge, be sure to change it every three months.
- If your humidifier shows any signs of mold, mildew or smells like fungus, take it apart carefully and rinse out all parts through which water travels with a light bleach or disinfectant solution.
- Avoid putting essential oils or other substances into the tank water.