Saturday, July 6, 2013

Vicks Cool Mist GermFree Humidifier Review and Giveaway

Rating: 5 stars out of 5
99.9% GermFree, 100% Cool Mist
The V3900 Vicks® Cool Mist GermFree Humidifier kills up to 99.9% of germs, bacteria, and mold in the water prior to producing a cool mist. In addition, you also can add in the soothing relief of Vicks vapors. In other words, if better breathing is your objective, you just might have found a cooler, GermFree answer. 
   Package Information:

  • Three-year warranty
  • Uses VSP-19 Vicks Scent Pads or new Sleepy Time VapoPads; one sample Scent Pad is included.
  • Kaz Protec WF2 Filter (included) removes impurities from water.
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I am so happy that I was given the opportunity to try out this Honeywell Vicks Cool Mist GermFree Humidifier!  I deal with so many allergies year-round that this was the best humidifier for me.  The last time I had one was when I was a child for many years and then I didn't use one as the allergies seemed to clear up with the use of medication.  After being married I wanted to use more natural ways to ease my allergies and that is when I was able to receive (for free with the intended purpose of writing a review) this machine!  It did wonders for me all winter long.  I will need it again in the summer-fall when the Santa Ana winds come to the beach.  The air is filled with dirt and sand that just blows around all day and night.

I love how big the tank is. It will last all night and through the next day (running it periodically, not constantly) and it is really easy to fill with a large handle to help you carry it.

I also love that it plugs into the wall and then has an off setting, low, med, and high settings as well. The high really gets things going and the low one doesn’t seem like it does much. The medium one is what I run most of the time.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

A humidifier is a household appliance that increases humidity (moisture) in a single room or in the entire house. There are point-of-use humidifiers, which are commonly used to humidify a single room, and whole-house or furnace humidifiers, which connect to a home's HVAC system to provide humidity to the entire house.

The most common humidifier, an "evaporative", "cool mist", or "wick humidifier", consists of just a few basic parts: a reservoir, wick and fan.

The wick is a filter that absorbs water from the reservoir and provides a larger surface area for it to evaporate from. The fan is adjacent to the wick and blows air onto the wick to aid in the evaporation of the water. Evaporation from the wick is dependent on relative humidity. A room with low humidity will have a higher evaporation rate compared to a room with high humidity. Therefore, this type of humidifier is self-regulating: As the humidity of the room increases, the water vapor output naturally decreases. These wicks become moldy if they are not dried out completely between fillings, and become filled with mineral deposits over time. They regularly need rinsing or replacement—if this does not happen, air cannot pass through them, and the humidifier stops humidifying the area it is in and the water in the tank remains at the same level.

When winter hits, people go inside for warmth and turn on their furnaces. The artificial heat does more than warm a room. It dries out the room. Humidifiers add moisture to the air, making the room more comfortable.
Everyone, young, old, male and female, will at some point in their lives, have problems breathing through their nose. These breathing problems could be related to a medical condition that requires medication or even surgery. The breathing problems could be related to something simple, such as dry air. Either way, for most people, it seems that the nose stuffiness worsens at night.

How Humidifiers Work:

  1. Moistens Dry Skin

    • Your skin loses moisture when the air is dry. You already know this if you have eczema, as your flareups are probably worse in the winter, when the furnace is on. Place a humidifier in the room or rooms you use most frequently to keep your skin supple and any eczema symptoms minimal.

    Unplugs the Nose

    • Running a humidifier at night can alleviate your stuffy nose during the winter and even eliminate the nosebleeds caused by dry air. Artificial heat dries out the nasal passages. A humidifier puts moisture back in the air, giving your nose the conditioning it needs.

    Saves Money

    • A humid home feels warmer than a home with dry air. On average, a home that is running its furnace has an interior humidity of 20 percent. If you move up the humidity to 40 percent, you will feel warmer. This means that you can turn your heater down and see a smaller utility bill next month.

    Eases Cold Symptoms

    • Winter means cold and flu season, and one of the worst parts of a cold is the stuffy nose and tickling cough that keeps you up at night. Eucalyptus, or menthol, is a natural decongestant. Placing three to nine drops of eucalyptus essential oil in your humidifier tank will diffuse this healing plant's scent into the room and relieve your cold symptoms, giving you a better night's sleep without the use of drugs.

       I plan to add to this review at the end of fall to share how I survived through the Santa Ana winds and allergies. 

      The giveaway is just below here.   All questions need to be answered, they are all mandatory.  Anyone who omits an answer will not be entered into the giveaway.  Thank you!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review- maybe this will help my allergies.

Roe Clark said...

yes, I had a humidifier when the children were young....helped allot...:-)

Roe Clark said...

used one when the children were young...helped a bunch....would probably help me when it gets dry in the house during the winter and my sinuses act up

Andrea said...

I have but it broke. I would love this for my kids. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.

Just Short said...

We use a humidifier a lot in the winter. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Alaina Bullock said...

We use one of these a lot during the winter when we run our heat. I have been wanting to get a new one, and this one sounds very nice!

Melissa Pezza said...

We have this humidifier and love it!

Lisa B said...

M uses her humidified all the time!! Need one for baby T though :)

Ruth Hill said...

We have never had a humidifier. This product does sound really good.

Ruth Hill said...

We have a lot of allergens in our hosuehold, and most of us have allergies--even our cat does. I think this would really help our family out!

jill24295 said...

My sinuses are so bad that I have to use a humidifier every night without fail in the Winter. My nostrils will crust up without it and I will have a terrible sinus headache in the morning without one. My husband just threw our old one out since it broke right at the end of the season, so I am without one at the moment. Sure would be awesome to win one rather than have to go buy another!

John Mullin said...

This humidifier really does work great!

Candice said...

weve not had one but we get sick a lot so maybe this would help easy a lot of the stuff we get. It would be great to try.

Candice said...

we get sick a lot and have never tried one, after reading this it would be nice to see if it can help us out. I liked reading the comments and stuff. Lots of good information. Fingers crossed :)

TerinAleah said...

We need a new one! We just threw our old one out not long ago because it was so old! lol

Renée Chapman said...

ive never had one but we would like one

Kristin Wheeler said...

We love the Vick's brand!

Julia Potvin said...

I have never owed one, but I deal with allergies year round and sounds like I need one, if I want to breathe properly! Thanks would love it!

Melinda Dunne said...

I have used one before. I have found them to be very effective.

Melinda Dunne said...

I live in Colorado where it is very dry. The humidifier would help my family by providing moisture in the air which would keep the inside of my nose from cracking.

Melissa Pezza said...

I need a good humidifier!

Mama to 4 said...

I have one for my daughter who has allergies and asthma - works great!

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