Humidifiers are often the unsung hero of the winter months. When the temperature drops, we run our heaters, but the dry heat caused by heaters can lead to dry air in your home. Dry air can lead to cracked skin, dry sinuses, and general discomfort. This is where the humidifier swoops in and saves the day. Humidifiers release moisture back into the air, which helps soothe dry cracked skin and can help you breathe easier. There are many benefits of owning a residential humidifier, but not all humidifiers are made alike. Learning how humidifiers function will help you find the perfect model for your comfort needs.
One of the most common designs is the ultrasonic humidifier. With this type of design, the water tank has a sealed chamber. As the water fills the tray, a vacuum is created in the tank, which prevents the water from coming out too quickly and flooding the humidifier. Whenever a pocket of air gets sucked in, it relieves the vacuum (causing an air bubble, as you’d see in a water cooler). This allows the water to flow at a controlled rate, to keep the tray full, and not flooded. To create this sealed chamber, the tank has a screw-on cap with a rubber gasket and a spring-loaded plunger. Manufacturers have increased the size of the cap in recent years for more convenience for the user.
There is a new style of water tank, called a “top-fill tank,” that has been growing in popularity. This type of design does not have a sealed tank which allows the water tank to be completely open on top. This gives individuals the ability to simply pour water to the top of the tank, even while the humidifier is running. With the top-fill design, the plunger is movable and attached to a float. When the water level is low, the flow pushes up the plunger and water comes out, filling the tray. When the float rises, it stops pushing up on the plunger. This style of water tank is separate from the unit and can be lifted easily with its built-in handle. The Comfort Zone digital top-fill humidifier (CZHD60) is ideal for anyone looking for a modern humidifier.
Easy to Clean
The biggest challenge with most humidifiers is cleaning the inside of the water tank. All humidifiers should be cleaned at least once a week, depending on how often the unit is used and if used in an area with hard water. A sealed chamber humidifier uses a small cap on the water tank in order to get a tight seal. Having a smaller cap leaves less “edge” that needs to be sealed, but a smaller opening provides very limited access for cleaning.
Top-fill tanks are much easier to clean due to the opening at the top being much wider. When cleaning by hand, the open top allows easy access to all the inside nooks and crannies.
Another benefit of Comfort Zone’s top-fill tanks is that they are dishwasher safe and can be washed on the top rack of your dishwasher. Clean and convenient, this humidifier boasts a ten-hour run time, has an aromatherapy tray for essential oils, and has an optional nightlight. Learn more about the features of the Comfort Zone Digital Top-Fill Humidifier (CZH55), and how it will help you maintain proper humidity levels in your home.
Comfort Zone is always innovating and developing new products to better suit the needs of our consumers. Do you have a humidifier in your home? Where do you use it and how often?