The Best Humidifiers to Get You Through Every Season

  • Coverage: 600 square feet
  • Run time: 100 hours

Turonic PH950 – Air Purifier And Humidifier Combo

The Turonic Air Purifier and Humidifier Combo is one machine with a lot of functions. When water is added to the 1.5 liter water tank, it generates steam to increase the level of moisture in the room and ease dry skin and sinuses. However, I frequently use the impressive air purifier function, which includes a pre-filter, cold catalyst and activated carbon combination filter, and antibacterial cotton and HEPA 13 combination filter. The PM2.5 laser sensor detects air quality and provides color-coded lights (green, blue, yellow, or red). The machine also has a feature (which can be turned off) that uses UV-C light and an ionizer to clean the air. Unfortunately, I’ve had several opportunities to crack the air purifier up to the highest setting when my neighbors are smoking—and it really does provide relief. But back to the humidifier features: There’s a 12-hour timer (although the water is unlikely to last that long, unless it’s on a low mode). A remote control is included, and the air purifier/humidifier is Wi-Fi compatible.

  • Coverage: 2100 square feet/hour, 3150 square feet/1.5 hours, 4200 square feet/2 hours
  • Run time: 12 hours

Here’s what else you need to know about humidifiers:

Run time

How long a humidifier runs before you need to refill it varies. Companies provide estimates based on the lowest setting. So if you choose a higher setting, the run time will be much shorter. For example, Lasko states that on the low setting, their humidifier lasts for up to 60 hours. However, if you put it on high, you’ll use up to eight ounces of moisture per hour, which means the unit could be out of water in less than eight hours.

Distilled versus tap water

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), using distilled water reduces the formation of white dust around the humidifier and also prevents the growth of scale caused by the minerals in tap water. Distilled water doesn’t completely eliminate these issues, but it contains a lower mineral content.

Cartridges and filters

If the humidifier includes demineralization cartridges or filters, using them can also remove minerals (in fact, you may not need to use distilled water, but check the owner’s manual to be sure). “Can” is the operative word, since not all of these accessories are created equal. If you see white dust while using the cartridges or filters, it could indicate that they’re not really working.