Having never been to an actual desert, I really can't make any claims or statements about what it's like to be in one or how the air actually feels. However, I'm going to go ahead and ignore that and say that waking up in my bedroom is like waking up in the desert. The air is so impossibly dry that I can barely swallow and when I do, it feels like sandpaper is being scratched along my throat. Pleasant-sounding, right?
We've used various humidifiers in the past that have all been little and inexpensive and inevitably stopped working after not too long. What did we do then? Why, eventually replaced it with another small and cheap one, of course. This cycle has continued for years with my husband and I blissfully unaware of all of the benefits that humidification brings that we were really missing out on.
Fortunately, we now know that there is a better way. Its name is AIR-O-SWISS.
The AIR-O-SWISS 7144 Digital Warm & Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier humidifies the air in rooms up to 650 sq ft, is energy-efficient, ultra quiet, state-of-the-art and... well, just plain pretty. On top of that, it doesn't use any annoying filters and boasts a list of special features that make it incredibly easy to operate and more user-friendly than almost all other electronic items in my life (I'm looking at you, complicated new waffle maker).
The large LCD display on the AOS 7144 makes choosing a setting as easy as pressing a button - you just have to decide which of it's handy settings will work best for you. Set the timer if you'd like the humidifier to run for a certain number of hours, switch from cool mist in the summer to warm mist in the winter, control the output level, or (and this is my favorite) use the hygrostat to set the desired humidity level of your room.
By pressing the hygrostat, when the room reaches your chosen % (between 40 and 60% is recommended), the AOS 7144 will automatically turn off and wait until it senses that the level has decreased to turn itself on again. Now that is a smart machine.
Using high-frequency vibrations to generate a micro-fine mist that immediately evaporates, I was pretty excited to try out this Digital Ultrasonic humidifier. I am somewhat of a light sleeper, so finding out that the AOS 7144 really was whisper-quiet as I went to bed started the night out on a good note.
Even better, I woke up the next morning in a room that was suddenly no longer a desert. I marveled at the way my skin and lips weren't incredibly dry and irritated and when I got up it didn't feel as though the entire place was charged with static electricity.
Another huge plus I immediately discovered is the ease of cleaning involved with the AOS 7144. With the previous humidifier we had been using, the entire base needed to be washed out and cleaned every few days to keep the bacteria away and the mineral residue from building up due to using tap water in the tank. AIR-O-SWISS has eliminated this hassle by including their Demineralization Cartridge (shown at right) and patented Ionic Silver Stick that keeps the water microbe-free... and eliminating any extra washing and scrubbing definitely makes a product rank high in my book.
All of AIR-O-SWISS's air treatment systems (ultrasonic humidifiers, air washers, air purifiers and evaporators) are extremely high quality, environmentally-friendly and remarkably innovative. I love the idea of the AOS 7146 Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier (shown at left) because all it requires is a water bottle and an outlet and you can enjoy clean, moist air at home, at work or while traveling. It even comes with an AC adapter so that it can be used throughout North America and Europe!
AIR-O-SWISS has set out to not only improve the quality of our air, but the quality of our lives. A large section of their website is devoted to Air Education, in hopes that they can pass along important information about the impact the harmful substances in the air have on our bodies and our health. Amazing products from a caring company? What else can we ask for? How about generosity? Of course! Thanks to the incredible kindness of AIR-O-SWISS...
One lucky person will win an AIR-O-SWISS 7144 Digital Warm & Cool Mist Ultrasonic Humidifier of their own! ARV $199!
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Giveaway will end on February 4th at 11:59pm CST. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced here as well as emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me or respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway open to continental U.S. residents only.
A big thank you to AIR-O-SWISS for providing a AOS 7144 for me to review as well as for one lucky giveaway winner. I'll never go back to the desert again! The opinions shared are my own and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.