It’s not officially winter yet, but it sure feels that way. Not only is it bitterly cold, my skin is also dried out.
There are several reasons why I dislike this time of year. Driving and shoveling snow are my top reasons followed closely by dried skin.
This time of year my skin is so dry that it splits! Currently three fingers have cracks on them due to dry skin (I moisturize my skin all day long too). Its hard to type when you are in pain.
My entire body dries out this time of year. It has to do with the heat. We rarely even turn the heat on. We live on the top floor so if anyone below us puts on the heat it rises into our place. It gets so hot sometimes that we have to open the windows up, even if it’s bitterly cold outside.
This time of year we have low humidity. Some parts of the country experience that year round.
Low humidity not only dries out your skin it can also dry up the mucus membranes in your nose and throat which could lead to respiratory distress. Low humidity can also affect wood furniture, books and artwork. It can also cause static cling and static electricity.
Many people use humidifiers to help put moisture back into the air. My family has had a couple of the years.
My issue with humidifiers is that they are usually big and bulky. We live in a tiny condo. Space is limited. In addition humidifiers are often noisy and they tend to go through water quickly.
I had the opportunity to try out a new humidifier from a company called roolen (with a lowercase “r”). It’s called roolen Breath.
According to a press release, roolen is the first smart humidifier that combines technology and efficiency with an elegant look. In fact, the roolen Breath doesn’t even look like a humidifier. It’s very small and lightweight (10″ tall and 2.5 pounds). It’s hard to tell what it is. The last thing I would expect it to be was a humidifier.
roolen Breath may be small and lightweight but it does have a large water tank and can provide moisture into the air in a room up to 400 square feet.
I love that it doesn’t look like a humidifier. I keep it in the corner of our living room on top of our CD cabinet. As you pan around the room and look at the roolen it looks more like a speaker than a humidifier.
“The roolen Breath is a game changer in the realm of household electronics, proving that efficient functionality can also be extremely stylish,” said Jasper Shih, Marketing Manager of roolen. “The Breath exemplifies our belief that perfect products can be achieved through uncompromising attention to even the smallest details.”
The roolen Breath is so easy to set up. I had it up and running in minutes.
There are no complicated buttons or dials to deal with. There is just one little button in the back that you use to switch between the different options – high, low or auto. I keep mine on auto mode.
In auto mode the unit’s proprietary technology automatically detects and adjusts humidity output levels to maintain the room between 40% and 55% humidify. You don’t have to do a thing. Just keep it filled with water and let the roolen Breath take care of the rest.
One thing that I worry about with humidifiers is them running out of water, drying out and causing a fire. Sometimes life can keep me and my husband so busy that we neglect to check the water levels. I would hate for something bad to happen if a humidifier runs out of water while still turned on and plugged in.
The roolen Breath automatically shuts off when it’s out of water. You don’t have to worry about it continuing to run with no water. I REALLY like that feature.
In addition the roolen Breath humidifier employs a Japanese ceramic ultrasonic transducers to produce heat. That means the roolen Breath generates a stable, reliable and continuous heat source without overheating. I find that comforting to know too. I always worry about humidifiers becoming a fire hazard.
Another feature I really enjoy about the roolen is that it’s quiet. During the day I don’t even realize that it’s on except for when I see the stream of steam coming from it. A few times I turned it off at night if I was having a hard time sleeping. Most of the time it didn’t bother me. It’s just that when I can’t sleep the littlest sounds bother me. It has nothing to do with the roolen.
I cannot tell you scientifically if the roolen is adding enough moisture to the air. I can tell you that my skin is not as dry and itchy as it normally is (referring to my arms, legs and torso). We’ve been fortunate not to have too many colds over the past couple of months. I don’t know if we’ve been lucky or the roolen is helping with keeping the membranes in our nose and throat from drying out.
Even thought I cannot scientifically prove that the roolen is helping to improve the air quality in our home, I still like having it. It’s clearly doing something and you can see it adding moisture in the air.
The roolen Breath is available in white or black and sell for $129 at places like Amazon, QVC and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
For more information visit www.roolen.co (notice it’s “co” and not “com”).
*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.