For asthma and allergy sufferers, a humidifier is a lifesaver. The problem is that a good one can cost hundreds of dollars, and they all tend to break down from constant use. Luckily, a number of DIY alternatives can be just as effective at a fraction of the price. With a little time and effort, you can put together anything from a simple mister to an ultrasonic model or even a tornado humidifier. So, without further ado, here are the six most impressive and user-friendly DIY humidifier guides ever made.
1. DIY Tornado Humidifier
This mesmerizing DIY humidifier proves that, with the right tools and a little elbow grease, you can outdo any mass-produced appliance. Sure, building an exposed tornado humidifier is a long, relatively expensive venture. But, let’s be honest, it is worth every penny. Here’s the tutorial:
Before you get started, make sure you have all of these materials:
- Standard trash can
- Inline duct fan. You can use a 4″ or a 6″ fan. The smaller one is less expensive but more noisy.
- PVC Board. It must be larger than the diameter of your trash can, which means you need at least a 25″ x 25″ piece.
- Five 1″ PVC couplings
- 3″ to 4″ PVC adapter
- Five 1″, 5-foot-long PVC pipes. Aluminium piping works just as well but it’s a bit more expensive.
- Hot glue gun
- Three Ultrasonic Foggers
- Spray paint (optional)
2. DIY Ultrasonic Humidifier
If you want to get the most bang for your buck, this $10 ultrasonic humidifier is just what you’re looking for. Even if you have no DIY skills, the whole project won’t take longer than 30 minutes to complete. You may need two of these to humidify large areas, so consider stocking up on these materials:
- Ultrasonic Mister. The smallest available unit will work just fine, but make sure it includes power supply wiring.
- Computer fan. Ideally, you need a low-voltage fan with a diameter of three inches or less. But it’s possible to use a bigger size so, if you have one lying around, go for it.
- DC connector. You need the ‘female’ adapter.
- Tape. For best results, use the tough and waterproof Gorilla Tape.
- Plastic bottle. You’ll need to refill the humidifier every two days or so, but it can last twice as long with a taller bottle.
3. DIY Evaporative Sponge Humidifier
This DIY humidifier is the most low-maintenance appliance you will ever own. The assembly process for this evaporative humidifier is quite simple and straightforward, though it may take a while to finish. Plus, most of the required materials are common household items. Here’s the full list:
- Automatic pet water bowl. Any similar bowl can be used as long as it has a water reservoir that gradually refills the container.
- Small computer fan. To minimize noise, look for a brush-less fan or one that comes with a silencer.
- Four thick sponges. Soft foam dish sponges won’t work.
- Tupperware container. You need one roughly the same size as the open part of your pet water bowl.
- Four bolts with matching nuts.
4. DIY Humidifier on a Budget
It may not be the most creative DIY guide, but it’s surprisingly effective for a low-budget humidifier. As a matter of fact, in most households, it’s a totally free project. Putting it together couldn’t be any easier, and you probably already have all the needed materials.
- Fan. Literally, any kind of fan will work. Plus, it won’t get damaged in the process.
- Disposable aluminium baking pan
- Evaporation Foam Cooling Pads. These can be replaced with dish sponges, though you’ll need much more than two.
5. Desktop Humidifier
This is an advanced project, best suited for seasoned DIY enthusiasts. If you’re a craftsman, you will surely appreciate the professional, detailed design of this DIY humidifier. You’ll need a few hours in addition to a hot glue gun, soldering iron, jeweler’s file set, dremel, cordless drill, and these materials:
- Baby wipes container. Get an opaque container; it will allow you to see the water level without opening the humidifier.
- Scrap aluminium. You will only need a small piece (5″ x 5″ inches).
- 20-ounce water bottle. For best results, use a Dasani water bottle. It’s smooth and it has just the right dimensions.
- 80-mm computer fan. You’ll need to attach the fan so look for one that comes with mounting bolts.
- DC switch
- AC/DC adapter & connector. You need an adapter rated at 9V.
- Humidifier Filter. Alternatively, you can make your own humidifier filters using a few evaporative foam cooling pads.
- About 6 inches of scrap wire.
6. The Homespun DIY Humidifier
As far as indoor humidity goes, the Homespun guide is definitely the oldest trick in the book. The humidifier is so easy to build that it could hardly be called a project. Furthermore, all you need are these common household items:
- Metal hanger
- Medium-sizes bowl
- Small hand towel
- Hair pin (optional)
And there you have it – you can buy an average humidifier at the store, or you can make a huge one that creates an actual miniature tornado. The best part is that even a tornado humidifier is more cost-effective. Which of these DIY ideas did you like best? Do you know of any other DIY humidifier designs?
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