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Question about Humidifiers

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    I am considering buying a humidifier for my grow area, mainly because of the very low humidity even with trays. The thing is, I don't really know what to look for. I know I want a personal humidifier, as my grow area is not that large, and a small tank size won't put me off any because I can refill it 10 feet away. There are alot of options, and I don't even know if I should get a cool or warm mist humidifier. Any advice would be welcome.

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    I used for a while a Holmes cool mist ultrasonic humidifier that needed no filter.

    It broke after a while and I could get a refund.

    Ultrasonic cool mist is a visible tiny spray of water. It was a bit too directional to cover enough, but it looks like it made the vandaceous plants hanging bare root happy.

    I am curious about a warm mist. Maybe it would increase the actual humidity more but I noticed those warm mist humidifiers are 300 W so they use a lot of electricity.

    Also some cool mist ones use filters that are quite expensive to replace.

    I would check online for reviews of specific models.

    Probably if cost is no issue I would get a warm mist one or an expensive ultrasonic cool mist.

    In the long run it could also contribute to mold. would run it on a timer and then run a fan for a while.

    Actually wish I had an humidifier now. feels really dry in my bedroom.

    if you have plants in the bathroom you could run the hot shower for some minutes and you will get high humidity

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    I have both running. I have cool mist, ultrasonic with a fan that I use for some of my plants. It enables me to grow cooler growing plants close to it and warmer plants futher aways. My other grow area (an under lights set up) has a warm mist one with a fan blowing the mist towards and over the plants. Both work fine. I suggest you get a full size, 2 gallons or more, one. It will do better at keeping your humidity up. Make sure you get filter free models!

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    smwboxer - have you noticed a difference in humidity output between the cool and the warm mist? which is more effective?
    is yr warm mist using a lot of electricity? 300W is almost like having a toaster on all the time, it may be expensive to run.
    what brand?
    anyway usually the warm mist have no filter. probably the heat kills the bacteria.

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    I don't really know how much electricity it uses. We don't pay the utilities in our apartment. I actually like the cool mist better. It has more options for mist output and the fan is built into the unit.

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    Thanks for the input guys! All my plants like warmer climes, so I am thinking a warm mist humidifier would be better. The humidity around my plants says at about 35% and it just seems too low. I have seen some smaller models that got great customer reviews (I make sure to check out other sites than just the reviews they give you on the vendor sites) and I think I may have found one that will work ok. My fans are above my plants so the idea I have is to just put the thing smack in the middle of the plants, and the air from above can spread it around a little. Also, area isn't really an issue as my growinf space is so small for the moment.

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