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Humidifiers: Simpler is better? technology connections humidifier

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The air. It holds water! And how much it holds matters! A lot, in fact. Sometimes we need to adjust it in the upwards persuasion. Learn why and how in this little ol’ video!
Are you looking for the follow-up where we take apart the Vicks thing?

And how ‘bout the video on the teeny tiny swamp cooler?

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Technology Connections 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

“Did you just buy a humidifier and… turn that into content?”
Guilty as charged! But also, it’s been a surprisingly large quality-of-life improvement for me and the topic turned out to be worthy of exploration. I look forward to all the weird towel contraptions you’ll no doubt devise! On that note! Important extra info lies below!
I was trying to avoid describing one type of humidifier as universally better than another, but I'm not sure I succeeded. Which kind will work the best for you is very, very situational. What struck me most about the evaporative style is simply how effective it is for how simple it is.
But, a thing that I totally didn't address (and I, for real, pinky-promise meant to but simply forgot) was the cooling effect of evaporative humidifiers. After all, if it's the same thing as a swamp cooler, doesn't that mean it cools a bit? Well…. kinda. It's complicated by the fact that the ability of swamp coolers to cool depends on how dry the air is, so once these things have brought the humidity up to anything appreciable, that cooling effect is very mild. But it is indeed true that the water "stole" some heat from the air in order to evaporate, so some cooling inevitably occurs. I'll talk about this more casually on Connextras: https://youtu.be/HfFAiCMLJ14

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blackhawks81H 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Don't buy one of those whole house humidifiers and get all excited if you have hard water.. We got one when we replaced the furnace and AC and the tiny little solenoid that hooks up to a water pipe and controls the water flow onto the element thing, clogged to hell after about a year of usage. Then the replacement one clogged after about 6 months, and the replacement one for that one after about another 6 months. The part is hard to find because every single goddamn humidifier, even from the same manufacturer, seemingly uses a different solenoid valve dealie, it's really kind of a pain in the ass to put a new one in every 6 months, with the piping being tiny and the stupid thing having to be wired to the little control panel. They're not incredibly expensive but they're not free either. It's also something that the owner of this channel, and a good portion of his viewers could probably replace on their own without much issue, but is beyond the abilities of the average homeowner.. It's overall just a maintence nightmare with any kind of hard water. If you've got a basement furnace like most in the Midwest, the "wick thing" has to be replaced way more often than you'd expect lest it become the slimy "moist mold+mildew media". If you've got a Michigan basement, forget it. Thing would get moldy after a few weeks and who wants to crawl around on a dirt floor to fuck with the thing every fortnight. Honest to God I know I'm off on a tangent now. But while Michigan is pretty much my favorite state(other than a few really bizzare laws) and I've lived in it most of my life… Joe Basement and the rest of the country must have had a REALLY good laugh when telling all the early Michiganiacs what the definition of "Besement" was…. "Oh sure.. The walls? Like the house foundation? Yeah just a bunch of big rocks and random bricks.. Sure pour completely arbitrary, weirdly shaped lumps of concrete in there too.. Yeah only have it make up about like 30 percent though, the other 70 should DEFINITELY be weird rocks and the oddly placed random brick.. Oh, no, the foundation/basement walls must never be completely flush, throw away that level.. Yeah it should look like a waterfall that went dry, just concave in certain spots, convex in others. Yeah make it so bad in some spots that the foundation/wall is almost like a bench in spots.. No discernable pattern whatsoever though. How deep? Well, slightly deeper than a crawlspace, but not enough so that any human adult could ever dream of standing up straight down there. Go with like 4 foot 3 inches for most of it. The floor? Remember that 3.5 bags of concrete I had you get, to arbitrarily mix into the foundation/walls at totally random intervals? Yeah, if there's any of that left. Throw it away. We can maybe call in a cement truck to pour a floo….wait, is the ground moist sand? Oh yeah, you're all set. You don't need a floor. Moist sand is where it's at.. Now let's get a few metal poles of various lengths, with weird seemingly scrapped lengths of I-beam attached to the tops… Anchor those bad boys in the wet sand in a really questionable way to hold the ground floor of the house up…what? A furnace? Well you can put any old model of furnace down there. I know it won't fit upright like it's supposed to, but you just tip it on it's side and set it on top of some bricks, or peices of cinderblock.. Up to you…. Aaaand we're done. Congratulations! Enjoy your new Michigan basement!

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Lem_On_Lime 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

I have an "oil diffuser" which uses the Piezoelectric method, which runs until all of the water is gone. I bought a "humidifier" at walmart that is also piezoelectric. I expected it to do the same; but it stops before it even is close to running out of water (like 8+ oz of water), so it gets super moldy super fast. It also has many impossible to clean nooks and crannies on the sealed fan and tube.
I sprang for a swamp style humidifier last month. It lands somewhere between the two you show, and it runs until empty as well, which inhibits mold growth.

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Snowdog 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

"This video certainly won't be very dry"



slowly taps like

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moranarevel 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Could you do one on dehumidifiers?

I live in an RV and these are a huge thing in the RV world because of the propane heat and propane stove.

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greenpad 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Lasko makes one with a pump like you describe. Only one motor–it runs the fan and the pump. It's been working for me for years.

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Damalia Marsi 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

You really whetted my appetite for such a dry subject.

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Myra Fermin 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Reasons for this new subscriber: 1) content, 2) humor, 3) cat thundering on the floor upstairs.

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Ole Bjørsvik 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Accuracy of basic hygrometers: I had two cheap, basic hygrometers and a fancy top range from Silva. The cheap one allways agreed, and they also agreed with the one on my humidifier. The high-quality expensive Silva was always off. And in the long run it seemed wrong. I brought the cheap one and the Silva to a professional installator of outdoor scientific meterological instruments, and they tested them for me in a test chamber: The cheap ones were surprisingly good. The Sylva was just crap.
I sent the Sylva back to Sweden with a complaint. And I got a new one back that just the same sort of crap.

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Adam Goss 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Oh my God you may have just saved my feet!! Ever since I moved to the midwest from the east coast my feet have been suffering from the dry winter air – peeling skin and cracks, especially in my heels, and it hurts putting on shoes or walking. And I tried a humidifier from Walmart for my efficiency apartment that didn't have any noticeable effect at all and was soo much of a pain to clean that I soon threw it out. I will definitely look into getting that larger white model from Menards, plus the spare filters and water treater. (ETA: found it!! thank you again so much for this video!)

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SwissWildPics SWP 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

18:05 I love when you mimic your appliances' sounds XD

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voltare2amstereo 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

You can fix Blue led displays with kapton tape.

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Aidan Hatter 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

The weird personal air product is just an immersion heater. At least mine is.

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Pedro Figueiredo 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

11:20 "It's brown and therefore excellent" xD what a fantastic sentence.

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mvz 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

So there's also products like Ionic Silver Stick / Cube that you supposedly put into the water, and bacteria get no chance.. is that legit? or just bs?

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Yosuke Matsumura 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

The wick should have an air ballast on it so it would float on/in the water at a constant position relative to the water surface. That way it could support a deeper water hold, wouldn’t need a pump, and wouldn’t cause the trickle sound of falling water.

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CS_FL 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Ive never had any problems with my bottle. I have the same console you show here. I check the bottle daily. I fill it when needed. (the filling method is a pain, true.) But it works and I can breathe well and sleep well. I agree, the blue light is annoying, but black electricians tape takes care of that. My Alen air purifier allow you to turn the lights off (you might review those one day!) OH, and I did disable the float. Like you, stagnant water isn't a pleasant idea. I have plenty of that in the forest pond behind my house here in FLA

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CS_FL 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Down here in FLA, we have the dry problem winter and summer. Because we have AC going all summer, and we have a bad habit (unlike when I lived in N.E. PA) of turning our thermostat WAY down to freeze us out during summer. This, our forced air HVAC system causes our indoor air to become dry (noting the condensate dripping from the pipe outside.) Then, in winter, when we turn our thermostats way up (see previous reference to living up north plus we just don't like cold -we moved here, after all!) The forced air heat comes out of the same overhead vents, so our air superheats at the ceiling, and our feet still freeze. The forced air system keeps that air blowing around allowing for more drying effect. So our noses bleed periodically from the membrane-cracking dryness. The condition known as "winter itch" can happen in summer, too. When I was in N.E. PA we had lovely baseboard hot water heat from the boiler and were wonderfully warm at 65 or so. Here, 72 and our feet are cold. We had NO air conditioning, living on the side of the mountain. A good old box fan upstairs was plenty. (and you only had to mow a handful of times a season, not every d**n week!)

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Yuppi 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Actually you're very correct about the idea of pump or something. I reviewed my Argo bladeless fan that is a tall and narrow unit after this video. It has a "cold" feature which works just like the humidifier with honeycomb paper, it's about half the height of the unit. There's a plastic box that you fill with water at the bottom, clearly below the honeycomb, and to my understanding there's a pump attached to the bottom of the unit, a small plastic box with a tube attaching to it, that takes the water from the box, through the honeycomb and into the air that is blown by the bladeless fan.

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Kyle Schrecongost 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Best intro ever.

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ngneer999 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Hate to disagree. Evaporating water requires a certain amount of energy whether it comes from directly heating the water (Vicks) or allowing the room air to donate heat and then using the home heating system to heat the air. At time= 17:58 where you show humidity of 70%, the air temperature is in the low 60's. In the end, power is power and you need to supply heat (540 cal/g) to change water from liquid to gas.

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golfboy83 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

I had a quick style humidifier and i hated how crunchy and dry the upper part of the wick would get. I'd use the chemicals to keep water deposits down, but when I moved, I just pitched it. I think im going to get one if those Vicks ones.

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Driftwannabe 10 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Very informative

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Genopsyde 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

My parents had a big old console humidifier that used a rotating water-wheel sponge-style wick. I think this is a better way to get water from the bottom to the top, and you can fill it as much as you want and still have the top of the wheel exposed to the fan. I don't remember too much more, since I was only a 4 or 5 at the time, but it was also brown woodgrain 😀

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Kie 7077 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

If there was a light floaty material under the wick in the smaller humidifier model then the wick could remain at a stable position relative to the water, I'm kind of surprised they don't do that.

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Fred Bed 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

Don't know if there is a follow up, but evaporative humidifiers with a plastic wheel that goes in the dishwasher are quite common. Venta being one of the noteworthy brands for them

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Sofia Dragon 14/12/2021 - 6:59 Chiều

26:30 cracked me up. The look on his face as he imagines 5 years of mold gone wild in someone's humidifier is… like a man looking into the abyss of despair just before meeting an eldritch God. No. No I don't want. Please bleach my imagination!

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