We are firm believers in the power of humidifiers, especially throughout the winter months. There are a number of benefits to using a humidifier in the cold, dry season. As usual during the winter, viruses seem to be passed around and caught with regularity. Using a humidifier has been shown by multiple studies to reduce the spread of influenza as it naturally thrives in dry air. Basically, viruses cannot travel well in more humid air.
Illness prevention isn’t the only benefit of adding a humidifier to your home. There are actually quite a few! Using a humidifier during cold weather helps keep your skins soft and vibrant, keeps your nose and throat from uncomfortable dryness as you sleep, nourishes your houseplants in your room (yeah, I’ve never given much thought about that one either!), and even reduces your heating bill (humid air feels warmer than dry air). There are even more benefits beyond these, but it would be a pretty extensive list. In short, moderately humid air is generally better than dry air.
We recently became aware of these benefits and wanted to try out a new humidifier so recently, we’ve been trying out the Winix AW600 HumidiPür™ Triple Action Humidifier (at no cost to facilitate this review). That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Well, as long as the name is, there are just as many features to match it! If you’ve ever used an inexpensive, loud humidifier, you’ll appreciate the refined beauty and efficiency of the Winix HumidiPür. The Winix HumidiPür isn’t just a humidifier. It’s also an air purifier that uses a “triple whammy” of technology to keep your air clean and fresh.
First, making use of a HEPA/Carbon Combination Filter, the HumidiPür filtration technology captures 99.5% of airborne pollutants, such as dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other respiratory irritants. The Combination Filter cartridge makes it simple to ensure that your freshly humidified air is always pollutant-free by keeping the cartridge in an easy-to-access panel placed on the back side of the unit. The steps to replace this are equally as simple as the accessibility. Simply turn the unit to get access to the rear cartridge panel. Press down on the top locking tab of the panel cover and remove. The Combination Filter cartridge is removed by pulling on the white tag. Install the new cartridge and replace the panel cover. Done!
The next feature of the Winix HumidiPür are the CleanCel™ Anti-Bacterial Discs. The discs continuously spin and refine the water into fine droplets that block air pollutants from entering your rooms. The Discs are then rinsed them off in the CleanCel treated water tank, which reduces bacterial growth within the HumidiPür by over 99%. This is a great combination with the Filter Cartridge to ensure that your air stays fresh and clean.
Of course, since it’s a humidifier, you must add clean water to the water tank. The access for this is at the lower front of the unit. By sliding your fingers under the access port, a button can be pressed directly above. While holding this button, simply pull forward and slide the water tank out. From here you can fill the water tank with a pitcher or take the tank to your sink for cleaning and refilling. This also gives you access to the CleanCel discs for cleaning or replacement.
Winix’s PlasmaWave® Technology supplements air treatment performance by generating dual polarity ions that attach to water vapor molecules found in the air, to neutralize odors, gases, chemicals, and other harmful pollutants, resulting in fresh, comfortable air in your home. Basically, ions can be used to attach to water vapor particles and “kill” any other undesirable particles also attached to the water vapor. It is air freshening with the use of ions.
The combination of these three powerful purifying technologies make sure that the air you’re breathing is as clean and pure as possible. Although the Winix HumidiPür is packed with top technology, Winix made sure the unit is easy to use. Just as replacement and cleaning of the purification technologies is designed to be as painless as possible, so to is the control of the unit. Found on the top front of the unit, the controls are laid out in five large, easy to press buttons.
On the left side of the control panel, and the largest of the buttons, is the power toggle. Next to that, just to the right is the fan speed control and the mode button. The mode button can be set to “Auto” which allows the unit to run until ideal humidity level is reached and shuts off intermittently to save energy, “Continuous” which keeps the unit running until you shut it down yourself, and “Sleep” which turns off the lights and sets the fan speed to the lowest setting.
In the middle of the control panel is the PlasmaWave indicator light and the humidity level indicator light. Both of these are pretty self-explanatory. On the right side of the panel are the Timer Setting button and the PlasmaWave toggle button. The Timer Setting button allows you to activate the unit for a predetermined amount of time before the unit will automatically shut off. Intervals include 2 hours, 4 hours, and 8 hours. The PlasmaWave toggle allows you to activate or deactivate the ionic freshener. As far as operation, that’s pretty much all there is to it. The beauty of the Winix HumidiPür is in the simplicity.
The unit is very quiet, even with the fan at top speed. You’d hardly notice it at all, in fact. Aesthetically, the Winix HumidiPür is very modern and chic. The design is simple but elegant. Clad in white plastic with silver and black accents, the unit was conceived with the modern in mind. That being said, the unit should fit in nicely regardless of your decor.
We left the unit running for several days in our entry way which tends to be where odors congregate in our home whether from the garage and the variety of petroleum-based liquids stored within or the basement which is a tad musty to begin with. There was definitely a noticeable difference in the freshness of the air there. The odors of gasoline or oil weren’t nearly as apparent. After that, we moved it into our living room to see how the increased in humidity would affect our living space. The more humidified air definitely does make the room feel warmer and more comfortable. If we moved the unit into our room at night, my throat was noticeably less scratchy the next morning from the cool night air.
With all of the variety of health benefits that come with having a humidifier, there are plenty of great reasons to have one. If you’re going to get one, you want something that is quality-built and efficient. The added triple action purification just makes the Winix even more beneficial to your living space. The Winix HumidiPür will meet all your needs beautifully.
Winix has kindly offered to give away THREE of the HumidiPür Triple Action Humidifiers to help make your holiday season healthy! Here’s how it works: The 1st place winner will receive one Winix HumidiPür Humidifier for themselves and one to give to a friend or family member! The 2nd place winner will receive a Winix HumidiPür Humidifier for themselves! So if you or someone you love needs the healthy benefit of a top-notch humidifier, enter using the giveaway form below! Good luck!
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