i was just browsing the board. My friends mother has sjogrens. I have to run humidifiers in my house for my sinuses. They do need to be cleaned regularly, but i highly recommend Hunter brand of humidifiers. Mine stopped working and if i could have found another one (off season) i would have just bought one. I called their customer service, thinking i would be asked to troubleshoot over the phone. All they said was, we are sorry you are having problems, when did you purchase it? It had been just under a year. The one i bought had a 5 yr warranty. The girls response was, i'm sorry we do not have any right now, but we will get a shipment in in about 3 wks and will send one to you. I got one no questions asked, no proof of purchase needed.
Here is my input and info from another site that i found warm mist vaporizer/humidifier
, remember they do have a heating element, easier for bacteria to grow with the warmth.. more cleaning required
These humidifiers actually boil the water which causes a distilled steam to be expelled into the room. This steam is like a gentle spray of warm water, as opposed to a vapor, and this is concentrated in the area closest to the humidifier. This warm mist is easier to breathe in a cool room. These units are often also used for steaming medications.
They are a little quieter than cool mist humidifiers, and are sold in small portable units. They require more frequent cleaning due to the warm water which encourages bacteria growth in the unit. ultrasonic
(got a cheap one while waiting on my hunter replacement)..fine mist, quiet, but is WET. I had to have a bath towel near it, or i'd walk on wet carpet or tile depending on where i had it. cool mist
Cool mist models are slightly noisier, though some models have a 'silent' feature for operating in bedrooms. They pass the water over a wick and expel a vapor, that cools down the room temperature and makes it easier to breathe. They vary in size, from units that can be circulated through the house's heating system, floor console units, or room size models.
All humidifiers require regular cleaning to reduce the risk of bacteria, and some models have filters which require changing to maintain performance levels.
here is some info on the hunter's that i have
* Exclusive PermaWick™ Filter Never Needs Replacement don't really agree w/ that
* Mechanical or Digital Humidistat (2.5 & 3.5 gallon models
* Exclusive NiteGlo™ Night Light (selected models)
* Dishwasher-Safe Easy Clean Base & Tank
* Regulated Release™ System
* Airtight, Watertight ToteAway™ Tank with Large Refill Port for Easy Filling
* Whisper-Quiet Hunter™ Fan with Two Speeds (3 Speeds in Selected Models) wouldn't say whisper quiet but not bad
* Automatic Shut-off Available on 3.5 Gallon Models
For me the customer service alone, I would go with a Hunter. They range from $50-80 depending on how many gallons you need. I run one in my living room where i am most of the time 24/7. I have a smaller one that i run in my bedroom at night. The extra humidity also helps my old dog's cough