Humidifiers have a lot more uses than would immediately seem obvious. The moisture that they add to air can help unclog nasal passages by loosening mucus. They can ease sore throats and coughs brought on by dryness. If you're a singer or a public speaker, they can protect your voice by alleviating irritation to vocal cords. They may even keep dry air from irritating breathing passages, thus preventing colds and mitigating the effects of asthma, though those aren't claims that the FDA has ever signed off on and you should take them with a grain of salt.
On the downside, germs thrive in high humidity, as does mold, so like pretty much everything else on earth, humidifiers are at their best when used in moderation. Nobody wants to turn their home into a giant petri dish.
Like most humidifiers marketed to home consumers, the Essick AirCare Pedestal is an evaporative humidifier, meaning that it uses a fan to force air through a water-saturated wick where it picks up water vapor on its way into the rest of the room. Although evaporative humidifiers typically only work in small spaces, Essick advertises that the EP9800 can handle up to 2,800 square feet, which should be enough for an average-sized home. The internal tank holds 3.5-gallons of water. The display on the side of the unit shows the current humidity or the humidity that the AirCare Pedestal has been set to achieve. Much like a thermostat-controlled heating system, the humidifier will shut off on its own when the desired humidity level is reached, so that the air won't become too humid.
This unit was able to increase the relative humidity from 16% to 42% in just 5 days. Comfort level has also increased significantly. Simple, ease to setup and operate.
Great humidifier, very good speed regulator and exceptionally quiet, attractive for use in a formal dining room.
It really is a pain to fill. I tried to use the little bridge that you insert into the opening, but I think I ended up with more water on my floor than in the humidifier.
It has several fan speeds & runs consistently. Filling it can be tricky from the front so we just lift the top off when it needs more water. So far, no leaks & it looks nice.
Works well in wintertime for a ranch style home.
It has a humidity sensor in the cord so it cycles automatically. Filling it is easy. It does a great job humidifying our main living space.