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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)

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    (26)

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    (14)

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    (5)

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    (0)

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    (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)
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      • 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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    1.0

    noisy humidifier

    By Bruno Wallenburg

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    The noise level of this product severely limits where you can use it. The fan noise is very high. Only on the lowest speed do I find it not objectionable. The unit now sits in a closet and probably will not be used again until next winter and even then only when local humidity is so low I don't have much choice.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A great humidifier for small to medium apartments.

    By Bruce Weeks

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    The unit is quiet and does an excellent job in my 700 SF apt. Put a stop to that annoying zap everytime I reached for the lightswitch. Given how much it has run over the past winter, I believe it would easily work up to the advertised square footage with no problems. Just be sure it is located where the humidified air will be circulated well.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Does what it says

    By Janet Price

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    The humidifier is easy to set up and operate. We have a 2400 sq. ft. home and live in a desert climate. I put the humidifier near a cold air return which is situated in a 10 ft. ceiling and somewhat central to the whole house.

    It comes on and goes off regularly through the day (I keep it set on low fan - it seems to run more and with a higher fan output on the auto fan setting.) It does a very good job of raising the humidity level. I have a separate humidity gauge and check the levels around the house. While not all areas achieve the level I set the humidifier for, they are all higher in humidity than before. At night I raise the humidity level so the bedrooms on the far side get more moisture. It is very easy to fill and can easily be rolled from one place to another. I have the humidity set at 50% and fill it once a day. I highly recommend this product.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Noisy and poor quality, but effective.

    By Ian Turner

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dependable quiet humidifier

    By Jim Martin

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    This is my second unit. I have had one for three years now and have been very pleased. I got the second one for our bedroom. I don't have it on high and the noise is not bad. While it does a good job for raising the humidity in the area, don't expect it to raise the level in the whole house. It is good for a large area or room. The large capacity water tank is a nice feature. It is a very good value.

     
    5.0

    great humidifier !

    By richard

    from USA

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    This humidifier is just as advertised.no static shocks from dry air this year.the digital humidistat is extremely accurate ( w/in 1 - 2 degrees )of other independent humidistat. the low setting is extremely quiet. you can listen/watch tv and not be irritated by any extraneous sound whatso ever. the 2nd setting is louder but not bothersome. the 3rd setting is loud.setup of the unit was a breeze. probably took 5 minutes at best for the setup..easy to move on hardwood floor, a bit more difficult on a carpeted surface. refilling the tank is a bit awkward ( must lay tank horz.on sink surface)..overall , an above average to excellent humidifier and is fairly priced.. i am very satisfied !!

     
    5.0

    Works very well

    By Wilson

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    did not know how dry I was.

     
    4.0

    Moist air makes a difference

    By Glenn

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    I'm impressed with the efficiency of this product, I had a Kenmore humidifier before I purchased the MA1201. The Essick Air is so much better, and easier to fill

     
    4.0

    Great Humidifier

    By Lane Wooder

    from USA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    Works great for bringing up the humidity for a small house. If my HVAC fan is running to circulate air, the whole house (two levels) stays fairly consistant in humidity. If the unit's water capacity was greater than 4 gal I would have given 5 stars, but with the removable 2nd tank it makes filling easy so overall it was a good purchase.

     
    4.0

    very dry house

    By paul

    from USA

    Comments about Bemis Essick Air MA1201 Whole House Humidifier:

    I have two of these unit, they do everything and more that they claim to do.
    in auto they adjust fan speed an cycle to maintain set point

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