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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: BruceD] #2847934 05/13/19 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by BruceD
Have you looked into Venta Airwasher humidifiers:

They come in black or white...


If you get 2 you can switch them up, so one is black and white and the other is white and black.


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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: ryannah05] #2847938 05/13/19 10:53 PM
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Maybe you should get 52 white ones and 36 black ones!


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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: LarryK] #2847957 05/14/19 12:23 AM
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Have you looked into Venta Airwasher humidifiers:

Venta Airwasher

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They come in black or white. I use three of them in a single-storey, 1600 sq. ft. townhouse, and they work very well at humidifying during the winter months.

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I read mixed reviews of this model, with some people saying that it did not humidify well. I'm trying to figure out if I should upgrade my current Venta, which has a canister filter, for this one, that has rotating plastic wheels and no filter. Mine is an ultrasonic and I don't know what you call this one. What level of humidity can you maintain with this model? Where are you located? I'm in New York and try to keep the humidity at around 45% during the winter months.


I'm located in Victoria, BC where the temperature rarely goes below freezing in the winter time. While heating is necessary, of course, it is not the non-stop, drying-out heating that one would experience in an eastern US winter. In the winter months, the three Ventas I have (two in the 15' x 28' living room and one in the adjacent hallway) keep the RH at around 42%. Without them, the RH can drop to the low- to mid-30s. The efficiency of air-cleaning may be more hype than fact, although when I do empty them to clean them once a month the remaining water is coloured a rusty brown, so some particulates are drawn from the air.

What I like most about them - since they do seem to satisfactorily humidify - is the fact that there are no filters to clean or - as in my experience with other humidifiers with wicks - no smelly wicks to try to treat with vinegar or to have to dispose of and replace. One of my Ventas has been running during the winter months for over 20 years, and the other two, slightly newer, are still going strong.

While our summers are very dry here, I don't use them in the summer time because I need to open doors and windows for fresh air, and doing so would negate any humidifying effect of the humidifiers.

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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: LarryK] #2848016 05/14/19 07:37 AM
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This one looks nice smile

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LOL. As an aside, I hate cigars. My hatred stems from working on a tobacco farm when I was fourteen years old. I once tried smoking a cigar that we put together from scraps and that turned me off from smoking for the rest of my life, so it was a good thing to do. Tobacco is an evil weed.

Larry, I agree with you about tobacco, and yes it was a joke.
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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: ryannah05] #2848028 05/14/19 08:18 AM
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I purchased the Airecare EP9 on Amazon $139. It holds a large amount of water and keeps the room at 42% all winter. It looks like an end table. It even has a small piece of granite ontop. It works well and I recommend it.
https://www.amazon.com/EP9-800-Whole-House-Pedestal-Style-Evaporative/dp/B00I9YFXSS/ref=sr_1_48?crid=188QN27RQTQ2L&keywords=humidifiers&qid=1557839702&s=home-garden&sprefix=humid%2Caps%2C140&sr=1-48

Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: ryannah05] #2848136 05/14/19 03:46 PM
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I like my Vicks V750 humidifiers, $30 at Walmart. I have half a dozen of them, but usually only run two or three at a time in my 2000 square foot upstairs. If I was concerned about aesthetics I would consider buying some nice brass planters, or other attractive open top containers to park them in. They are small enough to hide behind a chair or other furniture. Winter before last I ran Honeywell HCM-890 units. They worked fine but I did not like the fan noise. I would also now not run any unit that uses filters or wicks like the Honeywells. The wicks can get expensive, and if not changed out very frequently will grow red or black mold and will blow the spores wherever. I passed on a new in the box Aircare EP9 for $35 I saw at a Goodwill store last week for the previous reasons. I tried an ultrasonic cool mist unit, but returned it within a day as the mist landed on the floor leaving a puddle.

Like any unit the V750 requires maintenance but it is very easy to disassemble. It has a small cup that boils the water that you fill with vinegar to remove the calcium buildup. With my hard water that's about every three weeks. Running distilled water would about eliminate any maintenance. I really like the fact that the water is boiled and sanitized before being disbursed in the room. They run nearly silently without a fan, and can be replaced easily with a trip to Walgreens or other store in town.

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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: ryannah05] #2848159 05/14/19 05:33 PM
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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: Chrispy] #2848182 05/14/19 06:54 PM
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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: ryannah05] #2848957 05/16/19 05:55 PM
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My first post, I hope it is OK. I am using a Venta Kuube humidifier and a Frigidaire dehumidifier in my piano room. Both units work well and seem well built. Outside air humidity varies from 10% to 100%. I set the units to keep room humidity in the 40 to 55% range. Frigidaire runs at 550W, Venta runs at 10 to 50W depending on fan speed.

One issue with noise: Fans run periodically to sense room humidity, which means noise. Frigidaire is noisy, Venta is quiet at low fan speeds.

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Well I hung soaking wet towels in my piano room when
we went through a few weeks of freezing weather in Vancouver
The humidity was about 40% .In the summer the humidity in the room varies between 54 to to 58% So one just tries
to control the range without wearing out the dehumidifier.
While the wet towels raised the humidity ,it is surely
the ugliest "humidifier " one may have.

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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: asia] #2848999 05/16/19 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by asia
My first post, I hope it is OK. I am using a Venta Kuube humidifier and a Frigidaire dehumidifier in my piano room. Both units work well and seem well built. Outside air humidity varies from 10% to 100%. I set the units to keep room humidity in the 40 to 55% range. Frigidaire runs at 550W, Venta runs at 10 to 50W depending on fan speed.

Asia, welcome to the Forum! Your post is very ok. Two questions:
* Do you know what sort of range of humidity in your room there would be if your units were not running? (As opposed to the outdoors values.)
* Presumably the humidifier and the dehumidifier each have their own individual control units - or do you have some sort of separate common control unit which switches on the one or the other? Hopefully you never find that the two are running simultaneously?

Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: David-G] #2849014 05/16/19 08:12 PM
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Asia, welcome to the Forum! Your post is very ok. Two questions:
* Do you know what sort of range of humidity in your room there would be if your units were not running? (As opposed to the outdoors values.)
* Presumably the humidifier and the dehumidifier each have their own individual control units - or do you have some sort of separate common control unit which switches on the one or the other? Hopefully you never find that the two are running simultaneously?


Thank you.
* Without the units running I've seen 25 to 70% (accurate metering). Major variables are open windows, kitchen cooking, and bathroom showers. My piano room has an open entryway.
* No common control. Humidifier set to turn on at 45%, dehumidifier at 55%. The fans do run simultaneously at times for sensing purposes, but their actual operations (disc evaporator and condensation compressor) don't run simultaneously.

Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: ryannah05] #2849113 05/17/19 05:04 AM
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Nice looking humidifiers?

Yep ... some potted plants.

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You had mentioned in the original post that you were not interested in a Piano Life Saver System because of multiple instruments in the room and I understand that however it would still be my recommendation to install a DC on the Boston grand one of their attributes is that the DC 'forgets'' about the room and just does its job with the humidistat correctly placed between the beams to maintain year round 42% RH, with this taken care of a less substantial room unit can be installed to monitor the other instruments, I also have a grand and acoustic guitars and a family of wooden recorders for which I use various size 'dampit' units successfully.


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Nice looking humidifiers?

Yep ... some potted plants.

You perhaps need quite a few in the room.I had one large one
which I nearly drowned ,tubs of water., But the reading on
the hygrometers never moved.With the wet towels (horrible )
the reading went up to the most about 5degrees.That was fine
for me but.......?

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Nice looking humidifiers?

Yep ... some potted plants.

You perhaps need quite a few in the room.I had one large one
which I nearly drowned ,tubs of water., But the reading on
the hygrometers never moved.With the wet towels (horrible )
the reading went up to the most about 5degrees.That was fine
for me but.......?

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My reply was a bit of a joke, but ...

Yes, you might need a few, but most rooms have space for quite a few plants if you get creative. House plants love humidity but are usually subjected to the opposite so try something like orchids in small pots inside a really large outer container filled with sphagnum moss kept constantly wet. You'll love it, the orchids will love it, and so will the piano :-)

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Nice looking humidifiers?

Yep ... some potted plants.

You perhaps need quite a few in the room.I had one large one
which I nearly drowned ,tubs of water., But the reading on
the hygrometers never moved.With the wet towels (horrible )
the reading went up to the most about 5degrees.That was fine
for me but.......?

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My reply was a bit of a joke, but ...

Yes, you might need a few, but most rooms have space for quite a few plants if you get creative. House plants love humidity but are usually subjected to the opposite so try something like orchids in small pots inside a really large outer container filled with sphagnum moss kept constantly wet. You'll love it, the orchids will love it, and so will the piano :-)

Thank you gwing I have an anniversary coming up, so am
just thinking about throwing hints to my husband about another
orchid(I have one already )I do not suppose a humidifier will work
as an anniversary gift ? I am not really sure I need one in Vancouver BC ?

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Best investment I ever made for humidity control is the https://www.aprilaire.com/whole-house-products/humidifier/model-800. I had this installed when I moved into my current house about two years ago. The old existing evaporative system could not keep up with the house. The house is fairly large (~6000sqft), so I was impressed when a single unit tied into the AC for the main floor can keep the house (in Colorado) between 30-40% during the extremely dry winters. I highly recommend it.

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Re: Are there any nice looking humidifiers? [Re: KurtZ] #2851820 05/24/19 01:38 PM
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I did some reading* and decided on a cheap Vicks Steamer $15.00, and a stand-alone controller about $35.00 from Amazon.


What controller are you using?

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