how cute are these panda humidifiers by crane? cute and functional. we have two running simultaneously--one in the kitchen and one in the playroom--and i'm pretty happy with them. the engineer used a water-o-meter (not a scientific term) he borrowed from work to test the humidity in the house:
before humidifiers: about 15-20%. (note: the average humidity in the sahara desert is reported to be about 18%.)
after 1 humidifier: about 30%. (it varied by room, depending on its proximity to the machine.)
after 2 humidifiers: around 40% throughout the house. (40-50% is considered "comfortable" for most people. each humidifier is effective for up to 500 square feet and our house is about 1,000.)
i hadn't realized how bone-dry things get when you run the furnace all day. k explained to me in girl terms that it's like what happens to your hair when you blow dry it too much. (aha! hmmm.)
anyway, it does feel noticeably more "moist" (haha, don't you love that word?) in the house and scout's skin (the reason for the purchase) has improved considerably of late. but more on that tomorrow--i'm planning a post on winter skin care that i hope is helpful.
warm wishes to all of you. here in the midwest, we are supposed to get 10-13" of snow in the next 24 hours...how's that for moisture!
p.s. drat. i went to buy another humidifier for my friend meredith--we got ours online at target for $29--but they are sold out of the panda now. lots of other animals to choose from, though. the elephant is the runner-up for me. but the dragon is a great deal! [UPDATE: my sister just alerted me that the panda is back in stock at target at $35. thanks, g!]
p.p.s. just fyi. the one in the playroom is being relocated to a more kid-friendly spot, safe from little hands that can't resist a tempting knob. i took the photo while we were testing.