AIRCARE MA1201 Whole-House Console-Style Evaporative Humidifier, White
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- Console-style humidifier for a whole house up to 3600 square feet
- Digital humidistat automatically maintains your desired humidity level with digital accuracy
- Automatically shuts off when desired humidity level is reached or when unit is empty
- Easy to clean - evaporative wick traps mineral deposits, Smooth operation - no belts, pulleys or wheels
- Assembled Dimension: 20.5(h) x 21.5(w) x 14.5 (l) in
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AIRCARE Console Evaporative Humidifier, MA1201
This evaporative humidifier from AIRCARE is sure to complement any decor. It has an easy single bottle design. This humidifier works to add invisible moisture to your environment by moving dry air through a saturated wick filter.
Benefits of Humidication
Evaporative humidifiers are a great solution for adding much needed humidity to dry indoor air. By raising indoor relative humidity levels to 43% or above, 86% of airborne flu virus particles are rendered powerless. Maintaining proper humidity levels also helps treat allergy symptoms by soothing dryness, itchiness, and irritation in the nose, nasal passages, sinuses, mouth, throat, and eyes. Many people think pet hair is the cause of allergies, but in reality, the cause of allergens from pets is actually from their dander. Adding moisture to the air reduces pet dander and other airborne allergens. Properly humidified environments can decrease or eliminate static electricity, reducing the chance of damage to sensitive electronic equipment like laptops, desktop computers, tablets, TV’s, stereo systems, etc. Evaporative Humidification not only produces comfortable/healthy air, it is also an extremely effective way to save money on energy cost. Adding humidity to the air allows you to remain comfortable at lower thermostat settings. 'The rule of thumb is that you can save about 3% on your heating bill for every degree that you set back your thermostat,' says Bill Prindle, deputy director for the non-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. This means evaporative humidification could save you up to 10% on your energy bill.
- Up to 3,600 sq. ft. coverage.
- Up to 36 hours of runtime.
- 3.6 gallon tank capacity.
- Digital display
- 4 fan speeds with auto mode.
- Customizable humidity settings and auto shutoff.
- Refill and check filter indicator.
- Casters for easy mobility.
- Single bottle design
- Built in USA of domestic and imported parts.
- ETL approved
|Square Foot Coverage||Up to 4,000 sq. ft.||Up to 3,700 sq. ft||Up to 3,600 sq. ft||Up to 3,600 sq. ft||Up to 3,600 sq. ft.|
|Runtime||Up to 55 hours||Up to 45 hours||Up to 48 hours||Up to 48 hours||Up to 36 hours|
|Tank Capacity||5 gallons||5.4 gallons||5.7 gallons||5.7 gallons||3.6 gallons|
|Customizable Humidity Settings||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Refill & Check Filter Indicator||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Water Bottle Filling||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
MA1201 Features: -High density wick included. -Style: Console. -Variable three speed motor with quiet night time setting. -Auto shut off. -Check filter and water refill indicators. -Uses dual easy fill water bottles with refill hose. Product Type: -Humidifier. Finish: -White. Number of Items Included: -3. Wheels Included: -Yes. Filter Required: -Yes. Control Type: -Electronic. Portable: -Yes. Room Size: -3600 Square Feet. Country of Manufacture: -United States. Filter Indicator: -Yes. Generic Specifications: -Uses MAF1 replacement wicks. -Humidifies 3600 square feet. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -21.5". Overall Width - Side to Side: -23.5". Overall Depth - Front to Back: -16.5". Filter: -Yes. Cord Length: -60". Overall Product Weight: -13.5 lbs. Filter Height - Top to Bottom: -8". Filter Depth - Front to Back: -1".
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When we got it, we opened up the box and found that it is very easy to set up. This humidifier is approximately 14" by 20" by 20" and is fairly lightweight yet durable (I have three-year-old twins who are curious about everything and this humidifier is still in great shape after over four consecutive months of use). It is designed for homes up to 3600 square feet. Ours is about 3200 square feet, including the basement, and this humidifier kept the entire house moist enough so we hardly had any static throughout the dry winter. The humidifier has four casters so it's very easy to roll it around the house while it's filled, even on carpet. It holds 3 1/2 gallons of water between the base and the bottle and this can last as little as a day or as long as a week, depending on your settings, how often it runs, and how dry it is.The settings include four fan speeds, humidity control, and the power button. The digital display will also tell you the percentage of humidity it senses right by the humidifier, which may be different in other parts of your house. The humidifier will tell you when you need to fill the water bottle and check the filter. I really like the control lock feature since my kids would definitely play with it (and believe me, they tried) but since we locked it, they aren't able to play around with the settings. You just hold the power button down for five seconds to lock it and the same to deactivate it for when you want to adjust any settings.
The humidifier seems to be nicely-designed and has withstood over four months of three-year-old twins trying to play with it. The housing unit feels a bit more flimsy than you'd expect but ours hasn't been destroyed yet. It also is very easy to clean and maintain. The humidifier comes with a filter but you'll need to purchase additional ones. The manual suggests changing the filter once every season you use it or more, depending on the type of water you have. We have very hard water and the initial filter lasted about three months, which is about what I would expect. We purchased the AIRCARE MAF1 Replacement Wicking Humidifier Filter and Essick Air 1970 Humidifier Bacteriostatic Treatment, 1-Quart with our humidifier.
This humidifier is off-white and nice because it looks good without being an eyesore. We have ours between our bedrooms in our hallway and it worked so well for us during the time we used it. I included a picture of it so you can see what it looks like in our house. There is some noise from the fan when it runs but you can adjust the fan speeds and we keep our doors closed at night anyway so it sounds more like white noise and didn't bother me at all after the first couple days. I'm a light sleeper so I woke up quite a bit the first couple nights. Within the first 24 hours of having this humidifier run, I noticed a huge difference in the humidity in our house! I no longer got zapped when I put a blanket on myself, picked up one of my kids, and turned on a light. My hair also stopped standing straight up and I was so grateful. We also had none of the white dust come out of this humidifier like when we had a cool mist humidifier.
Overall, we are extremely pleased with the purchase of this humidifier and feel the price we paid is well-worth the benefits we've received. We didn't notice a huge difference in our electricity bill either because once the humidity increased in our house, the furnace didn't have to run nearly as much. We now don't feel unsafe touching light switches, blankets, or each other and our hair no longer sticks up! I anticipate using this humidifier about six months out of the year, from about late October through late April, so this purchase has been very beneficial for us. I'd definitely recommend purchasing this humidifier if you are looking for a whole house one. It is nicely-priced, easy to maintain, and worked so well for us in the four and a half months we used it so far. It's now in storage for the spring and summer but we will bring it out again in the late fall once it starts to get dry. If I come up with any more information to add and/or my opinion of this humidifier changes, I will update this review. Out of all of the humidifiers we researched, this one seemed like the best fit for us and we have been very satisfied with our purchase!
FYI that the AcuRite Humidity Sensor I bought was within 1% calibrated when bought.
Some Notes to remember:
1.) The further you get away from the Humidifier, the less humidity we be in the air. Take this into consideration when setting your humidity levels and placement of the humidifier.
2.) I have found that mold/mildew can be nearly completely eliminated by using a cap of the BestAir 3BT-6 Original BT Humidifier Bacteriostatic Water Treatment 32 oz. per refill.
3.) You can greatly minimize the calcium/lime/scale deposits on your filter and make the filter last longer by using a cap of Holmes S1708PDQ-U Humidifier Bacteriostat.
4.) Clean your tank often. The EPA recommends you clean your humidifier every 3 days with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. I don't go to this extreme but cleaning it once every 2 weeks with dish soap seems more than enough for me. I use a mixture of 1 part White distilled vinegar to 5 parts water and swirl it in the tank/bottom of humidifier, let it sit for 30 minutes, pour it out and then scrub with water/dish washer soap. Finally I rinse thoroughly.
5.) Some say using distilled or filtered water is the best way to minimize and eliminate lime/calcium/scale deposits. This may be the case but this costs so much money for me in the winter months that I would rather buy another filter as going through gallons of filtered/distilled water isn't economical for me. Maybe if I had a humidifier in a child's bedroom, but not a whole house humidifier. Using #2 and #3 have increased the life of my filters during from ~3 weeks to ~10 weeks. Just use that plan instead as it's a lot cheaper.
6.) The first time the humidifier runs, it could be a long time before it turns off and will use lots of water. Remember it has to humidify an immense amount of sq ft and it takes time for humidity to incorporate itself into all your belongings that were most likely lacking humidity until now (carpet, drapes, etc). My girlfriends house started at 28% and during the January cold month, took 7 days to finally only run rarely. Otherwise it was on literally all the time.
7.) This will affect your energy bill positively is used correctly. Remember that higher humidity means higher temperature. For example, 75 degrees with 0 percent humidity feels like 69 degrees. 75 degrees with 100% humidity feels like 80 degrees. In the winter months raising your humidity with this humidifier will allow you to feel the same temperature a few degrees lower on your thermostat.
8.) Depending who you ask, "Optimal" humidity levels range greatly (from 35% - 60%). I always aim for Humidity levels about 45%.
9.) Having a whole house humidifier will certainly help folks that live in an otherwise dry environment with dry skin. Before this I would generally also suffer from dry skin no matter what moisturizer I used. Now with this my humidity in my condo and girlfriends house rose from mid 20's to 45% and I have healthier skin (as does my girlfriend).
I no longer use BestAir 3BT-6 Original BT Humidifier Bacteriostatic Water Treatment 32 oz. or Holmes S1708PDQ-U Humidifier Bacteriostat for Calcium/Lime and Bacteria build-up. I now use BestAir 246 Golden Solution II Combination Water & Bacteriostatic Treatment 64 oz. as it's a single product that does what the other 2 products do.
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