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Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier Customer Reviews

 
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BemisEssick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier
 
4.4

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (6)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Living room (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Homeowner (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    outstanding design

    This MA1201 is well designed, from the economy of its enclosure design all the way to its use of a microprocessor to switch the fan speeds automatically, depending on the actual demand load....Read complete review

    This MA1201 is well designed, from the economy of its enclosure design all the way to its use of a microprocessor to switch the fan speeds automatically, depending on the actual demand load. The ease of loading water makes it a pleasant task to be performed each and every day. In my experience so far, the unit uses four gallons each day on average. I have its output feeding directly into the return duck of my 1500 sq ft single floor condo. I have also built a simple wooden enclosure that channels the moist air flow directly into the intake duck, located in a central hall area. This enclosure also reduces the sound level a bit. Most of the time, the unit cycles back and forth between slow and medium speed.
    My HVAC system includes a 2.0 ton heat pump and I am located in a suburb west of Philadelphia along the Mainline. Prior to deploying the unit, I had to run the temperature several degrees higher during the day and in the evening hours in order to maintain a comfortable living environment. With the unit engaged, I have found that I now run our temperature set-point at some 3-4 degrees lower and still feel very comfortable. My wife appreciates the added humidity level and neither of us have any dry skin problems. The electrical energy savings is rather considerable, to put it mildly. Also prior to installing this unit for the entire condo (two bedroom and den plus great room and kitchen/dinning area) I had a competitive unit installed in our bedroom. During the winter months, the RH ran a consistent 6-7% points difference between the bedroom and the rest of the condo. Now, this unit maintains the same RH level through the entire living space. A significant improvement is the result. Nice work and glad to provide this level of feedback.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Noisy and poor quality, but effective.

    Pros: Highly effective, I didn't measure it but I would certainly believe than it can move 12 gallons a day. Easy to refill, Wicks are inexpensive.
    Cons: Noisy, poor quality,...Read complete review

    Pros: Highly effective, I didn't measure it but I would certainly believe than it can move 12 gallons a day. Easy to refill, Wicks are inexpensive.
    Cons: Noisy, poor quality, creates a draft of cold air.

    This product comes from Essick Air, and it is cheaply constructed (judging from other reviews, such is the quality standard of all their products). This item must have a huge profit margin because it is little more than some flimsy plastic parts which don't fit together very well, plus an electric fan.

    Everyone seems to have different quality issues; on my unit, the float sensor is nonfunctional (either always on or always off, depending on how you adjust it). The hydrostat seems to be calibrated way off -- it reads about 10-15% lower than my (calibration verified) Caliber III Thermometer Hygrometer -- but still works, as long as you set it high enough.

    But the main problem with this humidifier is the noise. On low it is loud enough to hear from 25 feet away. On medium it is hard to have a conversation. On high it drowns out most other noise. My girlfriend had to turn up the TV over it even when on low. On top of the fan noise, the propeller seems to be not quite balanced, so that the whole thing vibrates, and even rattles if oriented wrong.

    Unfortunately for us consumers (but fortunately for Essick Air), there seems to be a few options for in-house humidifiers on the market with more than a few gallons a day of output. So if you really need all 12 gallons/day, and can't get one integrated with your heating system, this might be the best product on the market, despite all its shortcomings.

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    4.0

    NICE!

    By KatB

    from KY

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Ease In Filling Tank
    • Lightweight
    • Mobility
    • Powerful
    • Size

    Cons

    • Higher Fan Speeds Loud

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Cabin
    • Living Room

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    So far I am very pleased with this humidifier. It is my first larger than a tabletop and man, WHAT A DIFFERENCE. I can hardly believe I'm no longer troubled by static shock everytime I touch something. We do have in in a larger room placed as suggested by an interior wall close to the cold air return and away from the registers. We have a woodburning fireplace we use nearly every night in the winter months and the humidity still stays above 45%.

     
    5.0

    Quiet and Functional

    By Steve

    from northern New Jersey

    About Me Homeowner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • High Output
    • Quiet
    • USER FRIENDLY

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Whole house

      Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

      Have positioned unit under the cold air return and it suppliments an existing unit at the far end of a sprawling ranch type house. I have a small humidity guage postioned at the mid-point of the house between the two humidifiers. This humidifier has had a noticable impact and improved the heating and comfort during the winter. At the lowest setting the unit is quiet and puts out a lot of moisture without impacting the surrounding walls and prints/paintings. It's easy to fill the side container, but even two gallons of water can be heavy and somewhat awkward to handle.

       
      5.0

      Works Great

      By Love 2 Shop

      from Portland, TN

      About Me Homeowner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Living Room

        Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

        We use this humidifier to add moisture to our living/dining room and kitchen area. It works great, is quiet and does a great job in a short amount of time.

         
        5.0

        Humidifier

        By Db

        from Rich wa

        About Me Homeowner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Living Room

          Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

          Works good

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It really works.

          By Sophimay1

          from Wilmington, De.

          About Me Homeowner

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to use
          • Heats Up Quickly
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Finding Filters Locally

          Best Uses

          • Open Floor Plan Rancher

          Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

          I've had humidifiers for over 20 years and this is only my 3rd one. However, when I replaced last years, this year, this is actually the THIRD one I bought. The first 2 were returned for white dust problems or inefficient functioning.
          This unit is a little bigger than I was looking for but works beautifully because I have a very open floor plan in my rancher home. It's simple to set and then takes over.
          You can fill it as many timea a day as you require. I have mine on low at 55% and it runs quietly and consistently, shutting on and off as needed. We've had tons of rain recently and it hardly comes on at all. Very efficient.
          It is however, very important to use water treatment and bacteriosat regularly and clean as directed.
          While I have had it only a month, it is functioning as I would expect. My only gripe is that I was looking locally for replacement filters for the future and I am not happy with the reviews on the filters being offered on the net. I know I can order them from the company but they are expensive. However, if the filter lasts for the whole season, I won't complain. We'll see.

           
          4.0

          Pumps out the moisture...

          By Albertus Magnus

          from Evanston, IL

          About Me Homeowner, Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to move
          • Easy to operate
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Not Very Quiet
          • Small Water Tank Capacity

          Best Uses

          • Keeps Humidity Constant
          • Living Room

          Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

          We use it in the living room to keep the humidity constant for our grand piano and other musical instruments. It's nice to set the humidity level and let it do its thing... Even on the low setting, it is not very quiet, and the periodic "glugging" of water as it leaves the tank is loud and a little startling. The tank is easy to fill in the kitchen sink, but could be a little larger. It requires filling two or three times a day when the air is dry. The fan/unit vibrates a little -- it would be better if it were manufactured more precisely and the fan balanced before shipment.

           
          5.0

          Go get one

          By Rich

          from Dallas

          About Me Handyman, Homeowner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Living Room

            Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

            This humidifier is very convenient and efficient, just set the humidity level and forget it. I set the fan speed on medium and that is fairly quiet. It gets a bit loud on hi, but I do not need to set it that high. I have owned several humidifiers and this is the best one I have ever bought.

             
            5.0

            very pleased

            By Bryan the Baptist

            from Haleyville, AL

            About Me Homeowner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Heats Up Quickly
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

                a must have product if you have gas (propane) heat

                 
                4.0

                Suits the bill in a hard water house.

                By O

                from upstate new york

                About Me Homeowner

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Convenient

                Cons

                • Noisy On High Setting

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

                  So far I've been pleased with the humidifier and it seems to be doing the job. I have it in a living room with a natural gas stove that heats the room and it seems to work quite well keeping the air humidified.

                   
                  3.0

                  Average Humidifier

                  By Frank D

                  from USA

                  Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

                  This humidifier works great. I gave it 3 stars because if you live in a dry arid region you will be filling this thing everyday

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