What is an Air Washer
With winter approaching, it's high time to think about heating your home during cold winter months. Eventually, the air gets excessively dry, the dust and dirt particles don’t settle out, rising into the air we breathe. Furthermore, many home appliances like irons and hair dryers produce heat, drying out the air while vacuum cleaners and desktop or laptop processors blow dust throughout the room.
It's needless to say that breathing dry indoor air can be really harmful to your health, as it dries nasal mucous membranes, making it an ideal environment for viruses. This causes common colds and frequent respiratory infections. The dirty air makes things even worse since some people may suffer from allergy aggravation or xeroderma. Moreover, dry air often damages furniture surface. The good news is, this issue can be easily solved by an air washer. This device sucks dry air in through a special filter which humidifies and purifies it with water, and releases moisturized air into the room in the end. Let's take a closer look at the key features to look for when selecting an air washer.
You may also want to read about misting fans, which can be used both indoors and outdoors.
What Features to Compare
An air washer is a combination of a humidifier and an air purifier in one device. Thus, no additional filters are required. This purification method is called hydraulic filtration. There are different principles of operation of the air washer.
To start with, it’s important to consider the principle of operation. The main elements of operation can be a cylindrical-shaped core or a drum with plates. An air washer based on a cylindrical-shaped core has an electric motor, which rotates the core and a fan that sucks in dirty air. Due to such configuration, the air washer makes a certain noise, yet perfectly removing unpleasant odors owing to the UV lamp. In regard to air washers based on a drum, they have only one fan, which performs two main functions - draws in dirty air and makes drum rotate, using air flow, providing more silent operation. The first model is well-suited for offices, living rooms and pet owners use, while the second one is better for bedrooms.
You can find models where the air is drawn on sides of the unit and clean, purified evaporated through the top and those with an opposed system - dirt air sucked in the top and cleaned released through the sides. In general, the unit looks like follows: a two-piece design features upper and lower sections with all control elements in the upper and water reservoir in the lower. For convenience of use, you may want to consider buying an air washer with a removable water tank.
The cleaning efficiency of an air washer is determined by the room space it can cover. There are various factors that can affect the cleaning efficiency, depending on the operation principle of the air washer. Let’s consider an air washer with a cylindrical core in more detail. The amount of moisture in the air depends on the rotation speed of the core. The rotation speed, in its turn, depends on the reducer capacity, which puts the core into operation. Therefore, selecting an air washer with this operation principle, pay particular attention to its operating capacity. When it comes to a drum air washer, its cleaning efficiency is determined by the number of drums. The more drums the unit has, the larger amount of moisture is evaporated into the air. Also, it’s necessary to take a closer look at the water tank capacity, as the larger amount of water provides more autonomous operation of the unit. Moreover, some models come with a fragrance dispenser, designed to provide better air purification. In fact, the ideal level of relative humidity recommended by doctors is between 40% to 60%. The presence of a built-in hygrostat is a welcome addition to control and regulate the indoor humidity level.
One of the main features of an air washer is the electronic controls that monitor its operation. For instance, you can choose and maintain the desired indoor humidity level. The presence of multiple speed levels and operating modes is an added benefit. So, you can select the night mode and the unit will operate at a minimum speed and low noise level, yet maintaining the proper humidity level. If you choose an automatic mode, the unit will automatically set the optimal humidity and speed level. The presence of an LCD display makes it convenient to control the unit operation. Thus, you don’t have to constantly open the lid and watch the water level, as it’s shown on the display. Besides, usability depends on the water tank capacity as well as on how easy and quick it is to refill a water reservoir. The easier and rarer you have to refill the water tank, the more pleasant and comfortable it is to use an air washer. Besides, a lightweight design allows for easy transportation. Also, some models feature a fragrance diffuser, designed to fill your home with clean and moist air with a pleasant aroma.
When Air Washer Uses Energy Like a Battery
Venta Airwasher, Inc. is a German-based manufacturer of top-quality air humidifiers and purifiers. Venta has 30 years experience in providing premium-quality purification systems. Notably, more than 2 million units have been sold by now. The company was founded in 1981 by Alfred Hitsler, who is still its current general manager. And now let’s consider the Venta LW-45 model. It is characterized by a simple and versatile design to suit a variety of home interiors. There's nothing extra in its minimalistic design. A user-friendly control panel is an added bonus. The Venta Airwasher 2-in-1 Humidifier and Air Purifier has a two-piece plastic housing. The upper part of the unit has a control panel and a fan. The lower part of the unit is a 3-gallon water reservoir and 4 washer drums with plates. Besides, the model has a trapezium design, which allows for better air drawing. This air humidifier and purifier is truly energy-efficient! When operating at its maximum performance, it consumes about 8W. Indeed, it’s a real energy saver! In addition to not affecting your electricity bills, this model offers a low noise level operation, rated at 42dB. However, the unit is powerful enough to purify and humidify quite large spaces up to 807 square feet. Thus, this air washer has a sufficient washing capacity to be installed in big living rooms or offices.
One Operation Mode for Everything
When using this air washer, you can choose the optimum humidity level and one of the three speed levels, which influence the rotation speed of the fan. This model has one operation mode, providing air purification + air humidification. The unit is automatically operated, so, it doesn’t require your constant control. There are also less powerful models available that can cover areas of up to 200 or 400 square feet. Designed with your style in mind, this model comes in black and white. An undeniable advantage is the absence of a replaceable filter. Instead, the unit uses water as a filter to suck up the dust and dirt particles. Moreover, the air washer is very easy to clean and maintain. All you need is to rinse the drums with plates under running water, and the washer is ready to use. What is more, you can use ordinary tap water to clean the unit. Thus, if the water has high mineral content in your region, it is recommended to use two capsules of water treatment additive included in the package to soften the hard water.
To sum up, the Venta company has created probably the most user-friendly air washer with a simple design, yet being very powerful and energy-efficient. This excellent air washer will effectively purify the air in large premises. And if you need to purify smaller spaces, it will do this several times faster!
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Add the Venta Airwasher Water Treatment Additive 35oz. bottle in the tank for maintaining hygienic conditions of the water and raising the evaporation rate.
AcuRite 00613 Indoor Humidity Monitor will monitor your indoor humidity and temperature.
Stadler Form A-200
Filling Your Tank With Water is Much Easier
Stadler Form is a Swiss company, founded by Martin Stadler in 1998 in Zug. Once he decided to buy an air humidifier but failed to find the right design and features. Afterwards, he decided to set up a company with the mission to make home appliances, which combine both user-friendly controls and outstanding design. Let’s give the design a little more consideration. It should be noted that the majority of air humidifiers and purifiers have an integrated water reservoir whereas this model has a water tank outside. Such configuration is very convenient, as you can always see how much water is left in the tank. The washer drum with plastic plates is located behind the water tank. On the top of the unit, there is a display, informing you about the speed level, mode, and humidity level. And under the display, you will find a touch panel and an automatic power button. Indeed, an elegant white design with a black aluminum panel in the core prove that the company is 100 % committed to its mission.
Display With Feather-touch Control
You must admit that nice design doesn’t always mean high-end performance. However, this humidifier and air purifier is a different story. Despite there is only one drum with plastic plates, engineers managed to achieve high performance! Actually, this air washer can cover the areas up to 860 square feet. Regardless of the 1.7-gallon water tank capacity, the unit consumes only 0.14 gallons of water per hour, which is enough for a half-day operation. It’s common knowledge that the air we breathe contains many harmful bacteria and allergens, which may cause nasal dryness and allergy. Unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to cope with this problem with the help of water. However, with safety in mind, Swiss manufacturers equipped this model with the Ionic Silver Cube™ filter, which prevents the growth of bacteria in the water. The company provides 1-year warranty for the filter. But it’s recommended to replace the filter at the beginning of the season when the washer is most frequently used. This air washer is a unique combination of high performance and user-friendly controls. There are 3 buttons on the touch screen that allow the unit to operate in 4 different modes. The “Mode” and “Speed” buttons allow for selecting the required mode and speed while the “Air Humidity” button provides continuous operation of the unit. This is particularly useful when the indoor air is too dry. You can switch your air washer to the “Night mode”, which provides silent operation, darkening the LED light blinking. So, it can be of great use if you decide to place the unit in your bedroom. Also, there is the “Timer” mode, which automatically turns the unit off after 1-8 hours of operation. And the “Clear” mode will remove scale and dirt from the drum.
So, if you are looking for the high-performance 2-in-1 humidifier and purifier, this model will be an excellent choice! If you do care about an exquisite design and modern technologies are of great importance for you, then the Stadler Form Robert will suit you perfectly!
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Along with air purifiers, you might be interested in dehumidifers, that are often bought to keep the air humidity level at bay in the kitchen, bathroom, and so on.
To keep the housing and touch-screen of your air humidifier clear and clear, use microfiber cloths.
Europeans take great care of the indoor air quality. The Plaston AG is a Swiss-based company, producing air humidifiers and purifiers under the Boneco and Air-o-Swiss trademarks. The Plaston AG company has been on the market for over 40 years. During this time, it effectively solves the problems of dry and dirty indoor air. In addition to the standard drum and water reservoir, the Air-o-Swiss 2055А air washer has a fragrance dispenser. But let’s return to it a little further. The Air-o-Swiss automatic air washer comes with the Hydro Cell filter, which removes heavy metals, impurity substances, and chemical odors from tap water. Additionally, the Ionic Silver Stick (ISS) keeps the water pure owing to the release of silver ions. Besides, the housing made of highly durable, superior quality plastic ensures an extended service life. So, this excellent air washer will serve you for years to come!
Purified Air With Favorite Fragrance
This air washer is powerful enough to humidify and purify the spaces up to 600 square feet due to the two drums with plates. The 1.8-gallon capacity water reservoir uses about 3 gallons of water per day. So, you can fill the tank once a day. Actually, this model is a real energy saver, consuming just 20W. As an added benefit, the air washer offers quiet operation even at maximum speed. Now let’s return to the above-mentioned fragrance dispenser. Well, if you wish you can put essential oil on the cotton pad and place it into a special fragrance dispenser. Now diffuse the oil and have health benefits of fresh clean air with your favorite flavor. This great opportunity wouldn’t go amiss! And now let’s take a closer look at the controls and usability. The air washer features only one switch that automatically turns the unit on and select the optimal fan speed. With your comfort in mind, there is a transparent plastic water tank, which makes it easy to check the water level. Besides, there is a water indicator on the display, which informs you that the water tank is empty. Moreover, a special sensor will automatically shut the unit off if you are way from home.
So, summarizing the above, this model is ideal for those who want to humidify and purify their bedroom. Also, this air washer is a perfect choice for those who would like to come back home after a busy day at work and relax in the room filled with fresh air and pleasant fragrances.
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Boneco EZCal Pro A100 Humidifier Cleaner & Descaler is special liquid for deep cleaning before and after seasonal use of a humidifier.
Blue Ribbon Plexi-Clean Acrylic and Plastic Cleaner can be used to remove all sorts of dirt from the plastic housing of your air washer.
Air Washer, Which Can Be Cleaned
Beurer is a German company founded by Käthe and Eugen Beurer in 1919. First, the company manufactured electric heating pads. Nowadays, the company offers a large range of products in the health and well-being sectors. Beurer received numerous awards among which - German Engineering at its best! Let’s take a closer look at the Beurer 2-in-1 air washer and humidifier. The air washer consists of two sections. In the upper section, there is a control panel and a fan. The washer drum and rotating plastic discs are fitted in the lower section (water tank). Actually, such configuration is very convenient for a complete cleanup, as it’s extremely easy to disassemble the unit and put the components into the dishwasher. The unit features a user-friendly control panel with just two buttons. One button allows you to turn on the unit while the other - to select the speed of the fan. You can see a water level and a current fan speed on the display on the front part of the unit.
A Big Deal out of Small Things!
And now let’s consider the cleaning capacity of the Beurer 2-in-1 air washer and humidifier in more detail. It has a 1.9-gallon water reservoir. However, the manufacturer recommends filling the water tank to the 0.9 gallons for optimal operation of the unit. The air washer is also equipped with the water level sensors, which help shut the unit off after the water tank is empty. So, don’t worry about leaving your air washer on. Besides, the unit comes with two drums, which can humidify and purify the area up to 387 square feet. The operation noise level can reach 53 db., similar to the sound of human speech, so by no means, it would ever cause any inconvenience. The package includes two bottles of water treatment additives: one with liquid for removing sludge from the disks and another - with anti-bacterial liquid. They are available in 8.45 oz. and 6.7 oz. bottles. Moreover, the unit is highly portable and lightweight, which makes it easy to move around your house. To sum up, this air washer is very powerful and convenient in use. What is more, you don’t need to buy any additional filters or water softeners. Indeed, it’s a perfect choice for use in small offices and bedrooms.
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If the only place where your air washer fits isn't equipped with a power socket, get an extension cord. Make sure to opt for a thick, insulated cable, though, if you want it to last.
A Small Android in Your Home
Before considering the characteristics of this air washer, let’s have a look at its design. Typically, this air washer has a two-piece design. The fan and air ionizer are stored in the upper section while a drum and a water filter are stored in the lower section of the unit. The display on the front part of the washer shows the current operating mode, speed, and humidity level. An integrated thermostat controls the indoor relative humidity. The model has no touch screen display. The switch button and mode switch are located on each side of the unit. So, those who prefer a reliable mechanical control panel will definitely appreciate this model. Also, it has a transparent water level mark, which shows the level of water left in the tank. However, if you forget to refill your water reservoir, a special sensor on the display will remind you to do so. It seems fun enough, but this model has a weird design, resembling a small android in appearance. Hence, this excellent air washer will be a great addition to your kid’s bedroom decor.
Cleans Both Air and Water!
Let’s pass on to some useful features of the Winia Airwasher. The humidification and purification coverage area is up to 600 square feet. The drum with plates provide clean indoor air due to the constant rotation. The air washer has the following operating modes:
“Auto Mode” - automatically selects the optimal humidity level and fan speed;
“Night Mode” - provides the minimum fan speed and noise level during your sleep hours;
“Baby Mode” or “Plasma” - provides a healthy environment for your children, removing harmful bacteria and dirt particles.
Since water often serves as the only filter in air washers, the device itself can quickly become a bacteria habitat. In order to not that happen, the manufacturer fitted its product with a filter that can clean both air and water and remove up to 99.9% germs and bacteria from it. That also makes you in charge of controlling filter status so that it could be changed on time. On the whole, using Winia Airwasher is really a breeze. It doesn’t require any special maintenance and of all notifications it informs users via a display. To make it run, all you need to do is fill the tank full and select the operating mode. The tank is also pretty spacious, allowing for a long-hour operation, and when the water runs out, the unit automatically switches off.
Well, what are the benefits of purchasing this air washer? An undeniable advantage is that you can buy a good air washer with an attractive design at a relatively affordable price to improve the quality of the indoor air in your kid’s bedroom.
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People who don't like using conditioners may get interested in an alternative device, a misting fan that unlike conventional conditioners, doesn't emit any odors and provides efficient cooling and air circulation, maintaining the desired humidity level.
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