My home is notoriously dry during the cooler months of the year. I also suffer from moderate to severe allergies, which tend to flare up during the warmer spring and summer months. Although I can take some medications that help with my symptoms, I try to avoid most drugs when trying to conceive and during pregnancy. I also avoid giving my daughter medicine for allergies and minor illnesses whenever possible. Instead, I prefer to use more natural methods for relief such as humidifiers. Thus, when recently offered the chance to review the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, I eagerly accepted the opportunity.
I received a Train humidifier of the Adorable line of Crane humidifiers, which is a humidifier in the shape of a train engine. The Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier offers the following features and benefits:
- Ultrasonic cool mist operation
- Increases air moisture for easier breathing and better sleep
- Relieves cough, cold, and flu symptoms including nasal congestion, dry cough, sinus irritation, nose bleeds, and dry skin
- One-gallon water tank runs whisper quiet up to 24 hours
- Mists up to 2.1 gallons of moisture per day
- Effectively humidifies rooms up to 250 square feet
- Auto shutoff safety sensor
- Uses less energy than a standard household light bulb
- Does not require a filter
Warm mist humidifiers produce steam by boiling water in the humidifier. As an ultrasonic humidifier, the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier generates a cool mist when a thin film of water passes over a rapidly vibrating transducer. The vibration breaks up the water into tiny droplets and emits a whisper quiet cool mist. Cool mist humidifiers are thus safer to use around children. Boiling water and hot steam can cause burns and other injuries. The cool mist of the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier keeps kids safer.
Because of the serious risk of overdose, the FDA and pediatricians recommend not giving over-the-counter cough and cold medicine to children under the age of 6. Rarely have I given my daughter medication when she is sick and usually only ibuprofen of acetaminophen for high fevers. As a breastfeeding mother, I also limit the types and amounts of cold and allergy medications that I take. When I am pregnant, I use even less medicine. To treat cold and flu symptoms in young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a cold mist humidifier. The same recommendation is also applicable for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Cool mist humidifiers like the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier offer the following health benefits:
- Loosen nasal congestion
- Ease dry coughs
- Sooth itchy dry skin
- Moisten chapped lips
- Prevent nose bleeds
I personally have found that a cool mist humidifier helps with my allergy symptoms year-round as well as with my cold symptoms. I have also used a humidifier to help my daughter when she is sick. Using a humidifier is especially important in my home during the winter months. The dry air makes my lungs and skin feel incredibly uncomfortable. Using a humidifier is especially helpful while breastfeeding. Adding moisture to the air can help an infant breathe through the nose more easily, thus making nursing easier. With the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier, I can safely add some moisture into the air, especially at night.
Setting up the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is incredibly easy. Simple remove the top water tank of the humidifier from the base. Unscrew the cap from the bottom of the tank. Flip the tank over and fill with cool water to the maximum fill line. Screw the cap back on snuggly. Replace the water tank into the base. Without any fuss or muss, I can easily and quickly fill the humidifier with fresh water on a daily basis.
Emptying and cleaning the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is just as easy. After twenty-four hours or once the water tank is empty, remove the water tank from the base. Pour out any remaining water from the base following the directional instructions on the base. Flip the tank over and unscrew the cap. Pour out any remaining water. To clean the humidifier, pour some white vinegar into the tank and swish. Wipe the base clean with a little vinegar too. Avoid contact with vinegar on the cap to prevent the vinegar from destroying the metal pieces. Then allow the tank, cap, and base to dry. Crane makes the setup and care of the Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier incredibly easy, which is perfect for a busy family like mine.
One tank full of water lasted the entire night for my daughter and me, even with the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier set on high. There was even water left over in the tank at the end of the night. However, I found that I generally did not need to set the humidifier to high. A lower setting filled the bedroom with enough cool moisture for the perfect comfort level. Depending on the size of your room and the overall humidity, you can play around with the adjustable setting on the humidifier to find the perfect level of moisture for you.
The only negative point that I can mention about the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is the light. I personally require a completely dark room to sleep well. I have blackout shades on my bedroom windows, which creates a cave of darkness. Even a little bit of light distracts me. The Train humidifier comes with a light on the front of the engine that turns from green to red when empty. I was able to easily cover up the light with a dark towel, so the light is only a minor issue for me.
I will also note that I used regular tap water to fill my Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. Crane does recommend the use of distilled, filtered, or demineralized water to prevent white dust from building up from the cool mist. When using tap water, I did find myself needing to dust down my bedroom more often because of white dust buildup. However, because I am already fighting a losing battle against dust in my home, I am not all that concerned about a little extra dust in my bedroom. I just know that I need to dust the room more often. If you are worried about the white dust, then using distilled or similar water significantly cuts down on the mineral residue from the humidifier.
Final Verdict: If you are searching for a room humidifier for your home, I highly recommend the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. The cool mist is safer for children than warm mist humidifiers that use boiling water and steam to create humidity. Cool mist humidifiers are also recommended to treat cold, flu, and allergy symptoms in young children. One tank of water kept the air in my bedroom moisturized to my desired comfort level the entire night. Cleaning, setting up, and using the humidifier is incredibly easy. The only negative of the Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for me is the light on the front that indicates when the humidifier is running or empty. I need a completely dark room to sleep, but I was able to easily cover up the light. All in all, I rate the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier extremely highly.
I received a Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Filling the Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier © 2014 Heather Johnson
On-Off Switch of Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier © 2014 Heather Johnson
Crane Train Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier in Use 1 © 2014 Heather Johnson
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