- Bbeathe well, with style
- Main types of humidifiers
- Finding the right model
- What about consumption?
- Set the proper temperatures
Klarstein air humidifiers: breathe well, with style
When the air in the house is too dry, not only can wooden floors and furniture be damaged, but breathing problems can also occur. Humidifiers help restore the correct humidity level when cold weather arrives and the air in your home becomes dry. Breathing 'dry' air is not good for your health: it can cause a dry throat, a stuffy nose, a cough, dehydrated skin and red eyes. It is, therefore, necessary to re-establish the ideal level of humidity.
A room humidifier is a simple device that can bring the humidity level back to optimum levels, maintaining a minimum level of at least 40%. The range of humidifiers for sale you will find in the Klarstein shop are characterised by extreme silence, efficiency and a pleasant design, with various options designed to blend in with the rooms in your home. Read on to find out how these devices work and what to look out for before you buy, and once you've chosen your model, buy it easily online, taking advantage of our offers and with no shipping costs.
Main types of humidifiers
There are three types of humidifiers, depending on how they work:
- Evaporative humidifier: a tray with water in it is placed next to or above the radiators. Evaporation then takes place naturally. The amount of moisture released is limited and not adjustable.
- Hot steam humidifiers: water is heated to boiling point and then released into the air. They are quite noisy and prone to limescale build-up, so they need to be cleaned periodically.
- Ultrasonic humidifiers: ultrasound 'hits' the water, creating vibrations that turn it into a mist of cold steam. These humidifiers are quieter than hot steam humidifiers, allow better regulation of the steam flow, and use less energy.
A humidifier with cold steam is based on natural evaporation and has an absorbent filter that is impregnated with water; dry air is blown over this and then diffused into the air. The main problem with this system is that it pours impurities into the environment. In the case of the hot steam humidifier, the water is brought to a boil, so the steam is healthy, free of bacteria. It must be said that these humidifiers are noisier than those with cold steam.
The quietest devices are ultrasonic humidifiers: they are very suitable for children's rooms, but let's see how they work. High-frequency sound waves generate vibrations in a metal membrane that separates water into droplets; these are released into the air through a ventilation system. The main problem here is limescale, which requires constant cleaning. The ultraviolet humidifier destroys microbes using UV light. This type of device is available with either hot or cold steam. The problem is that after a few months the lamp has to be replaced.
Choose the humidifier that's right for you.
Size: some humidifiers are bulky
We recommend choosing an appliance that weighs around 2-3 kilos. If it is too light (less than one kilo), it may be a little unstable and not very durable, and if it is a heavy model (more than 5 kilos), it may be uncomfortable to move and bulky.
Pay attention to the position: you can't stick your humidifier on a shelf like a book, but you have to leave some space around it to avoid overheating the motor and to make it easier to fill. The more water it contains, the bigger it will be. For a room of 10-15 square metres, a 3-litre tank is sufficient. However, in general, even the smallest tanks provide enough autonomy to steam all night, for example, depending on how the steam jet is set, of course. For hygiene reasons, it is better to use devices with a tank that is not too large: be careful, however, because if you choose a hot humidifier, the water consumption will be higher because they generally have a less "fine" jet setting.
Attention to hygiene
If you don’t change the water often, it can lead to the formation of bacteria that can spread in the environment. To avoid contamination, the humidifier should be cleaned often, and only tap water should be used. Hot steam humidifiers sterilise their internal components as they operate, thus killing all bacteria. Pay attention to cold walls: water vapour condenses when it encounters one, and if the humidity is too high, mould can form. This phenomenon is generally more pronounced if hot steam humidifiers are used because the flow is less adjustable, and the difference in temperature with that of the walls is greater.
Controls and accessories: your humidifier must be easy to use
The simplest models only have an on/off button. Others may have a function that allows you to control the humidity level in the room: once the ideal level is reached, the appliance stops working. You can also find a timer control, which is very useful to start the appliance a few hours before you return home. However, be careful how much water you leave in the tank: if there is too much water and it stagnates, bacteria and mould can develop; or if it is too little, it runs out, and the appliance continues to work, causing the motor to overheat and wasting electricity.
Our advice is to use your humidifier only when you are at home; otherwise, choose one with an auto-off function when there is no more water. The humidifier could be equipped with a HEPA filter, like the one found in most hoovers, which traps dust, and with a tray for essences, which are best avoided because they can be allergenic and irritating.
Finding the best humidifier: what about consumption?
These devices do not consume a lot of power. The number of watts is indicated on the packaging or on the appliance, ranging from a minimum of 20 watts to a maximum of 700 watts. The difference lies in the type of humidifier: hot steam humidifiers have a heating element that heats up and therefore sucks more power than ultrasonic appliances. However, what is affecting consumption are the various accessories such as the display, timer and standby, and still, it’s minimal.
After carrying out a simulation, we say this: we have assumed intensive use, eight hours a day for three months, and the cost for the energy of an appliance of 100 W is on average about 4 pounds per month. The packaging also states how much steam the device provides, i.e. the degree of atomisation. This is indicated in ml/h (hour) or g/h. Appliances on the market vary widely: they can provide a degree of steam ranging from 10 to almost 500 g/h. We recommend choosing a model with 100-200 g/h, which is suitable for an average room.
Set the proper temperatures , with Klarstein humidifiers
The first recommendation to achieve the best result is never forgetting to ventilate rooms, opening the windows at least ten minutes every day. It is just as important to keep the temperature in each room at an appropriate level. For example, in the bedroom, the temperature should be between 16-18°C, in the living room between 18-20°C. However, ifthis is not enough, you can use the classic water-filled tray for each radiator to increase the humidity, which is a cheap and effective solution, and if it is still not enough, humidifiers.
As a rule of thumb, you can use the following temperature levels:
- In bedrooms the temperature should be between 16 and 18 degrees
- The living room and study should never exceed 20 degrees or fall below 18 degrees
- A range between 16 and 18 degrees is the ideal temperature for the kitchen
- In the bathroom the temperature should never be higher than 22 degrees