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Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier Customer Reviews

 
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Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier
 
4.3

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

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

     

    Bad company (Essick)

    The original housing for the float was discontinued, and a part from other Essick humidifiers was substituted. This change allows the float, which notifies you when the water is low, to tilt when...Read complete review

    The original housing for the float was discontinued, and a part from other Essick humidifiers was substituted. This change allows the float, which notifies you when the water is low, to tilt when you put on the top part of the unit. The float housing was meant to be held with two screws, but on the MA1201 there is no place to attach the second screw. The tilted float causes a "no water" message even when full. I spoke with a customer care manager from Essick who verified ALL of this, and said it was a money saving change for them, because it eliminates molding the original part. He said if your really careful when placing the top on the unit, it will be OK. He also said that it has caused problems for elderly users, and that they've had numerous complaints. He could offer me no solution to the problem. I was able to find the correct part at an independent parts supplier for $20 including shipping. I would not buy another product from Essick due to there choice to save 50 cents per unit and cause problems for their customers. VERY POOR PRODUCT QUALITY CHOICE! If you want to verify what I've said, compare the float pieces in your unit to the photo in the user's manual. The photo is correct, but I was told by the first customer service lady I spoke with at Essick that it was a misprint.
    NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT SYLVANE! EXCELLENT SERVICE!

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    5.0

    Great Buy

    By John

    from Adirondack Mountains, New York State

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

          Ordered this through the internet after looking at Consumer Reports. It came in three major pieces and assembly was easy. Added water and it ran with no problem. We have a wood stove and our house is a 1700 square foot modified "A" frame. This humidifier keeps up with no problem. Also ordered "bacteriacide" and an extra filter.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          1.0

          Bad company (Essick)

          By Dave H.

          from Woburn, MA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Bad Float Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

              The original housing for the float was discontinued, and a part from other Essick humidifiers was substituted. This change allows the float, which notifies you when the water is low, to tilt when you put on the top part of the unit. The float housing was meant to be held with two screws, but on the MA1201 there is no place to attach the second screw. The tilted float causes a "no water" message even when full. I spoke with a customer care manager from Essick who verified ALL of this, and said it was a money saving change for them, because it eliminates molding the original part. He said if your really careful when placing the top on the unit, it will be OK. He also said that it has caused problems for elderly users, and that they've had numerous complaints. He could offer me no solution to the problem. I was able to find the correct part at an independent parts supplier for $20 including shipping. I would not buy another product from Essick due to there choice to save 50 cents per unit and cause problems for their customers. VERY POOR PRODUCT QUALITY CHOICE! If you want to verify what I've said, compare the float pieces in your unit to the photo in the user's manual. The photo is correct, but I was told by the first customer service lady I spoke with at Essick that it was a misprint.
              NO COMPLAINTS ABOUT SYLVANE! EXCELLENT SERVICE!

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              • No
               
              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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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 Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

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

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