After my Best Humidifier for Arizona guide, I've received comments with questions about the best humidifier for Colorado.
And, since I promised that I will look into it and contact the local meteorologists and ask them for their advice, here's me keeping my promise.
For this guide, I have contacted Dana Petersson, a fellow meteorologist from the Department of Atmospheric Science at the Colorado State University.
She gladly agreed to answer my questions and offer her opinion on the choice of the best humidifier for Colorado.
So, without further ado, here's the interview.
I ASKED AN EXPERT ABOUT THE BEST HUMIDIFIER FOR COLORADO
Since I am living in an area that has a completely different climate, I didn't want to rely only on the data provided on the web. Therefore, I had to ask an expert from Colorado.
Hi, Dana, thanks for agreeing to do this short interview. I am sure the readers are eager to hear your thoughts and recommendations.
Hi, Leona, it is my pleasure to help out. To be honest, I was surprised that you contacted me, I feel like a VIP (laughing).
Okay, let's get this show on the road then!
What can you tell us about the Colorado climate?
Well, the most important thing to know, related to your blog topic, is that, due to the mostly elevated areas of the state, the climate is dry, cool, but invigorating.
For example, you have:
- Sunshine for around 300 days
- Over 300 inches of snow at in the mountain areas
- 16.5 inches of precipitation on average (23 at higher elevations and 8 at lower elevations)
- Average humidity of 33%
- First snow starts usually in September, but you can find snow each month in some part of the state, except for August
You said dry and cool, does that mean that the humidity levels demand the use of humidifiers?
Yes, definitely. Just take a look at this data
As you can see, in the morning, the average humidity levels throughout the state are not high and you won't be needing a humidifier in that period.
However, in the afternoon, those levels drop significantly and the air becomes too dry.
So, what would your recommendation be when it comes to choosing the type of humidifier?
When you take into account that the Colorado state is not well known for having long and hot summers but is mostly cool and with snow and dry air, my recommendation would be opting for hybrid humidifiers.
Sure, you will use the cool mist during the summer, most likely in August, but pretty much the rest of the year, you will need the warm mist due to the cooler climate.
Thoughts on the mist output?
Well, the humidifier that you decide to buy should be powerful.
I mean, it depends on the size of the room you want to humidify but it's always better to have a strong humidifier and use it on minimum settings than to have a weak one, push it to the max and still not reach the ideal humidity levels, around 50-55%.
What about filters?
Colorado is a mountainous state, meaning, the air is clean. This means that when it comes to the quality of the air we breathe, there's no doubt it doesn't need some rigorous filtration.
However, there's the question of the hardness of the water because as you know, hard water contains mineral deposits, and once such water goes through a humidifier, those minerals are released in the air you breathe, and that is not good.
For example, in Denver, during the winter, the water is slightly harder. So, if you plan on using tap water, you will have minerals and it would be smarter to use humidifiers with filters.
Yes, hard water can be tricky and it's best to know how to choose the best humidifier for hard water.
And what about the best location for humidifier placement? I mean, what do you think is the best place in the home to position the humidifier?
Well, in my opinion, it should be where you spend most of your time when you are home.
Now, having in mind that in Colorado, the air becomes dry in the afternoon, I would say in the living room, or the room where you spend your afternoons.
But, I also had a chance to read your Best Position For Humidifier Placement article, and there is plenty of useful advice there so I guess I should be asking you that question (laughs)!
Yeah, I have that article, but I wanted to hear your opinion on that topic and see if it matches mine (laughing).
Okay, I won't take more of your time Dana and thank you so much for helping our readers have a better idea of which choice to make when searching the best humidifier for Colorado.
No problem, Leona! It was my pleasure and feel free to contact me every time you need help!
Best Humidifier for Colorado - Expert's Recommendations
We have reached the part where I will share the models on both Dana and me agreed that can be considered as the best humidifier for Colorado.
As you will see, each model matches the needs of the specific climate present in Colorado.
TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier
The stylish TaoTronics Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier comes with a large water tank, which, thanks to its inbuilt hygrometer and the low water protection sensor, allows you to pretty much set the desired humidity level and forget about it until it's time to refill it.
And, it is ideal for the characteristical Colorado climate because most of the year, you will need warm mist to raise both the humidity and the temperature levels of the air.
But, it can likewise be used during the short Colorado summer, when you can use the cool mist to humidify the air and cool it down at the same time.
In both cases, you will save money on your electricity bill. For example, during the winter you can set your heating system on a lower temperature, and cut down on the use of the AC system during the summer.
Also, this humidifier has a user-friendly LED display that lets you know the settings, the current humidity, and the mode the humidifier is currently in.
And, it even has a useful handle for when you want to relocate it to a different room.
PureGuardian H1510 Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier
Even though (in my opinion) the PureGuardian H1510 Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier comes with a rather unusual shape, it actually does the job quite well.
Also, it has a large 5.6 liters water tank which allows you to have up to 100 hours of run time! Yes, that's right, it can keep working non-stop for 4 days!
However, that is possible only for when it's set to minimum mist output settings and while using cool mist mode.
Furthermore, the large tank I mentioned, is likewise treated to prevent mold development.
And, that is great considering that it doesn't have a filter.
But, to be on the safe side mineral deposit-wise, I recommend using distilled water.
Or, adding a decalcification filter (model FLTDC).
As for the control panel, it comes with 3 rotating knobs.
There's one for turning the humidifier off and choosing between cool and warm mist, one for the strength of the night lamp, and the biggest one in the middle for fine mist output tuning.
And, it has a LED warning for when the water level in the tank is low.
PowerPure 5000 Warm & Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Now, the PowerPure 5000 Warm & Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier, in my opinion, has a design that reminds me of something that would be seen in an alien ship.
But, don't let the space design scare you off because this is one mighty humidifier that will easily humidify your room up to your desired levels.
Furthermore, this humidifier is quite powerful as it can easily humidify rooms that are up to 700 square feet big.
So, there's no worry that it can't raise the humidity levels in your room to the desired level.
Also, it has a very user-friendly control panel that lets you have an insight into the current relative humidity and temperature.
And, it also has soft, touch-button controls that allow you to the desired humidity level, switch between warm and cool mist, operate the timer and many more things.
Likewise, you will be getting a remote control so that you don't have to get up and go to the humidifier to change the settings if needed.
Finally, the humidifier features a permanent ceramic filter that keeps all the contaminants from reaching the air you breathe and has a negative ion generator for improving the overall quality of the air in your home.
All in all, this humidifier is a true high-tech wonder that is completely worth the price.
Homedics TotalComfort Warm & Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier
Another elegant piece of technology. And, there are many reasons why the Homedics TotalComfort Warm & Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier is on the best humidifier for Colorado list.
Furthermore, this humidifier comes with a 6.4 liters water tank and can comfortably humidify rooms of up to 500 square feet in size.
Also, speaking of the tank, it is easily removed and easily reachable for cleaning.
And, the tank itself is made with the use of Clean Tank Technology, which prevents the development of mold and mildew.
But, to be on the safe side, you also get 2 additional demineralization cartridges, ideal for Colorado's hard water issues during the winter.
As for the runtime of the humidifier, when on the minimum mist output settings, you can expect up to 80 hours of continuous working time.
All in all, a nice, reliable humidifier that lets you choose between warm and cool mist and easily humidifies medium to relatively large rooms.
FINAL THOUGHTS FOR THE BEST HUMIDIFIER FOR COLORADO
Okay, folks from Colorado. We have reached the end of this best humidifier for Colorado guide.
I've talked with the fellow meteorology experts, you saw what her thoughts on this topic are.
You know what troubles you the most, and now you have a solution.
In fact, you have 4 solutions.
It's now up to you to decide which humidifier suits your needs best.
Just remember to check the size of your room, and choose the one that can comfortably humidify it.
Though, all of these models are quite powerful and choosing any of them will most likely get the job done, if you have a big room, I recommend the PowerPure 5000.
This model has the strongest mist output and is the most advanced model on the list.
On the other hand, if your room is small to medium in size, and you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, then I recommend the PureGuardian H1510.
It has a large tank and is powerful enough even for bigger rooms.
So, you don't have to worry at all if your room is small, it will do a stellar job!
In the end, thanks for reading this guide and remember that proper maintenance of your humidifier is extremely important.
Therefore, even though in Colorado you will need the humidifier only during the fall and the winter, remember to clean it regularly if you want it to last you a long time.
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