How to Set Up and Install Your HC12W or HC12B Ultrasonic Humidifier

hc12b-400tallest-nozzle-350A humidifier is a device used to control humidity in the air.

The ideal humidity range for comfortable living conditions is between 30-50%.

Living in an environment with low humidity can cause symptoms such as itchy, dry skin, dry eyes, irritated respiratory tract, allergies, and asthma symptoms. In addition, low humidity levels can also cause wooden items like furniture, instruments, and flooring to dry out, shrink and crack.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of homes that do not have air at the ideal humidity range. To fix this problem, in areas that are typically dry and arid, a humidifier can be used.

A humidifier is a device that is used to add too and control the amount of moisture in the air. A humidifier works by adding moisture through steam, vapor, or a mist, into the air. Many homes can benefit from the use of a humidifier.

Luma Comfort HC12W / HC12B

The Luma Comfort HC12W and HC12B Ultrasonic Humidifiers are an excellent choice for adding humidity into your home.

The Luma Comfort HC12W and HC12B Humidifiers are elegantly designed, made to fit in perfectly with the décor of your home.

Shaped like a vase, the Luma’s sleek design is attractive and a less intrusive looking cool mist humidifier that can humidify areas up to six hundred and fifty feet.

The Luma Comfort HC12W and HC12B Humidifiers are energy efficient, and highly effective. It uses 2.5 gallons of water a cycle, adding comfortable moisture into the air.

The Luma Humidifier operates for a full forty five hours on just one tank fill, making it extremely easy to operate.

How to Set Up and Install a Luma Comfort Humidifier.

This humidifier is an excellent tool for adding humidity into your home. Once you’ve purchased the Luma Comfort Vase Humidifier, you’ll need to set it up.

nozzle-pieces-300Luckily, setting up the Luma Comfort Humidifier can be done in quick, easy steps. Installing the Luma Comfort Humidifier requires no tools.

  1. Remove the packaging material. Make sure that all foam and plastic has been removed from all components of the humidifier. The following components are included on your humidifier
    1. A long nozzle, mid nozzle, mid nozzle pipe and short nozzle which can be changed depending on your personal preference
    2. A handle
    3. Water Tank
    4. Water Tank Cover
    5. DMC
    6. Water Tray
    7. Touch Key
    8. Unit Base
    9. Power Cord
  2. Place the humidifier on a flat, level surface.
  3. Pull the long nozzle on the top of the humidifier up.
  4. Remove the water tank from the base. Unscrew the water tank cover.
  5. Fill the tank with clean water
  6. Screw the water tank cover tightly back into place
  7. tank-350Align the slots on the water tank as you place it back onto the base.
  8. Listen to make sure water is flowing through the tank.
    1. If you do not hear water flowing through the tank, remove the water tank and reattach it.
  9. Place the vertical nozzle onto the water tank.
  10. Plug in the humidifier.

It is important to keep the humidity level at between 30-50%.

This humidity level keeps your home comfortable. Having the proper humidity level also helps improve cold and allergy symptoms, keeps the respiratory tract healthy, and keeps wooden furniture, floors and instruments from shrinking, drying and cracking.

The Luma Comfort HC12W and HC12B Humidifiers are extremely easy to install and set up, requiring only a few simple steps. The Luma Comfort Ultrasonic Vase Humidifiers is designed to fit into the décor of your home, is energy efficient and highly effective.

This Luma Comfort Humidifier is very easy to own, operate and maintain, making it an excellent choice to ensure your home has the right amount of humidity.

The Luma Comfort Vase Humidifier Now Comes in Black!

hc12b-400The Luma Comfort HC12B Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier is an innovative design that combines beauty and functionality. It’s sleek black exterior will suit any home setting in the same functional way that its white counterpart does.

Not only that, the ETL Certified HC12B Vase Humidifier was made to be versatile, with three nozzle height to choose from.

The different heights of the HC12B, according to nozzle size:

  • Small nozzle: 22 ½ inches
  • Medium nozzle: 32 inches
  • Large: 44 inches

The benefits of this versatility is that with the smallest nozzle, the HC12B can be used as a table top vase and not look too tall. The medium range nozzle allows for both floor and table placement, while the tallest nozzle is best for floor placement.


This unit is perfectly suited for medium to large sized rooms.

Tank Capacity & Mist output:

  • Tank holds up to 9.5 pints of water
  • Water tank can last up to 45 hours per fill
  • Covers rooms up to 650 square feet
  • Produces 2.5 gallons of mist/day

What’s great about the tank capacity is that it allows for extended run time. In case you need some night time humidifying, the tank can last you through the night without running out of water. It even has an empty tank indicator.

It should be noted that the tank is not removable in the sense that you can just pop it off and fill it. You have to take apart the model to a degree to access the water filling hole to the tank. This should not be a problem because this design is what makes it unified and elegant.

All kinds of features

With 8 adjustable mist settings, the Luma Comfort HC12B Ultrasonic Humidifier provides versatility to your desired mist output. And with each level of mist output that you set the HC12B to comes a beep. The loudness of the beep corresponds to the level of humidity that you set the unit to.

The ultrasonic technology used in this humidifier vibrates a small metal piece at an ultrasonic frequency. The vibration breaks the water into tiny droplets and the droplets become a mist. The mist is a cool mist that eliminates dryness.

humidifier-mist-250Other benefits of micro-fine mist:

  • Ensures that the flooring, carpet, and furniture that you place your unit next to or on top of will not get too wet or drenched.
  • Less chance of the room feeling too muggy.

Even though the ultrasonic technology uses vibrations to create the mist, the unit is actually pretty quiet. It has a decibel measurement of 35 dB. So once again, you will not need to worry about listening to disruptive noise from the humidifier.

The Luma Comfort HC12B comes with a remote control that is in the same shape as the humidifier itself, which adds a touch of cuteness to the elegance. It allows you to adjust mist settings and to turn the unit on and off.

The humidifier also has a memory setting that automatically sets the humidifier at the last mist output level that you had it on before turning it off. This means that Ii you do not unplug your model after you use it, the unit will turn on to the last mist setting that was used before it was turned off.

The demineralization cartridge helps to prevent lime scale and mineral buildup. It allows for use of hard water without having to worry about depleting the product’s life span as much. Of course, distilled/filtered water is always the preferred way to feed any water-dependent product, but for owners who like things to be easier, the HC12W and HC12B have you covered.

Easy to use

Operation of the Luma Comfort HC12B Ultrasonic Humidifier is very easy. All you have to do is turn it on and press the mist setting buttons to choose which of the eight mist settings you want. Use of the remote allows for better control, as you can choose mist settings by simply pressing the + or – buttons anytime.

Convenient places to put this vase humidifier

  • Bedrooms: Having
    the HC12W or HC12B in your bedroom lets you rest easy as it keeps dust and allergies under control.
  • crawling-baby-350Living rooms: Watching TV will remain comfortable on dry days.
  • Kitchens: Cooking in a hot kitchen when it is also hot and dry out is no fun. Perhaps consider setting up your product here.
  • Offices & NurseriesQuiet operation allows for your baby to sleep without being woken up, or it lets you work in your office without any annoying appliance racket.
  • Garages: These are obvious hot spots that take the brunt of summer weather changes. Keep your garage moist as you work with your tools in your garage workshop by placing you HC12W or HC102B here.

Finally, the best part of humidifiers like the Luma Comfort HC12B Ultrasonic Humidifier is not just it’s absolutely striking beauty and design, but the fact that it makes your home more comfortable by settling dust particles with the fine mist droplets that weight dust down. Your home or office will look and feel as elegant as your Luma Comfort Humidifier.

You Could Be Using The Wrong Water for Your Evaporative Cooler

You’re using the wrong water for your evaporative cooler if:water-splash-300

  • You always use hard water
  • You don’t know what hard water means
  • You don’t take advantage of water softener

Let us explain.

Owners with an evaporative cooler reap the benefits of an energy efficient air cooling device.

  • An evaporative cooler works by drawing hot, dry air through wet pads.
  • This causes an evaporation process that cools the air.
  • The cool air is then blown into the inside of a home using a fan.

The science behind an evaporative cooler is primitive and has been used for hundred
s of years.

  • When hot air is pulled through something wet, the hot air causes the water to evaporate. Evaporation pulls heat from the air, causing it to cool.

Although the process of using evaporation to cool the air has been used for hundreds of years, modern technology has improved its process by adding mechanical parts to the process inside of an evaporative cooler.

  • An evaporative cooler uses a water pump to continually pump water into the pads, this ensures the pads are always moistened and the evaporation process can continually occur.
  • It also uses a fan to blow the cool air inside the home.

With the mechanical parts combined with the science behind evaporation, an evaporative cooler can be an extremely effective air cooling device.

Since the most important aspect of the evaporation process is water, knowing the right type of water to use in the cooler is an essential part of being a good owner.

Evaporative Cooler Hard Water Damage

Although essential to the evaporation process utilized in an evaporative cooler, water is also highly destructive.

There is no mistaking the power of water, it can cause erosion, mold, and extensive damage to many products, and the evaporative cooler is no different.

The most common cause of damage within an evaporative cooler is the use of hard water in the cooler.

The dangers of hard water are plenty: water-hole-300

  • Hard water is water that has a high concentration of minerals and deposits.
  • These deposits and minerals, if not filtered properly, can cause numerous problems for the mechanical parts of an evaporative cooler.
  • The water pump, if gummed up with calcium buildup will stop working efficiently and can cause the cooler to stop working.
  • Owners may find spots on filters that look similar to mold. Although it is possible to get mold in an evaporative filter, these spots can also be scale of calcium buildup left behind by hard water.
  • Mold on the filter pads form most commonly when the unit has been turned off in the heat. This causes the water to remain stagnant and heat up, becoming an excellent breeding ground for mold spores.
  • Mineral deposits from water will build up on filters and pads because when the water is evaporated the deposits remain.
  • Calcium buildup will cause a dramatic reduction of the efficiency of the cooler.

Filtered Water

To avoid the danger of hard water, filtered water can be used instead.

Filtered water has been cleaned of excess calcium and mineral deposits that hard water typically has.

By using filtered water instead of hard water, owners can dramatically decrease the likelihood of calcium deposits and mineral scale.

Although, even with filtered water owners should expect to regularly check filters and pads, and to descale, clean or replace as necessary as filtered water does still have deposits that can cause damage to the mechanical parts of the evaporative cooler.

Distilled Water

Distilled water is water that has undergone a very precise process to remove deposits.

  • Distilled water is boiled into a steam, the steam is collected and cooled down into water.
  • This process removes almost all salt, calcium, and other minerals that are found naturally in water.
  • Distilled water is treated so that there are virtually no deposits in it at all.
  • This process ensures a very clean water source.

Distilled water is more frequently recommended for use, rather than consumption. The use of distilled water in an evaporative cooler is ideal because of its lack of deposits.

Water Softener

A water softener can be added to water used in an evaporative cooler.

  • Water softener dissolves the unwanted minerals from the water.
  • A water softener, when added to hard water, can help reduce the amount of deposits left behind on the pads and filters.

Clean, healthy filters

Troubleshooting Hard Water Damage 

  • If your evaporative cooler is working less efficiently due to hard water damage, cleaning the filters can be the most effective way to eradicate the problem.
  • Calcium buildup and mineral deposits can be dissolved by soaking the pads and filters in vinegar.
  • Make sure to clean the pads prior to reinstalling, to avoid the vinegar smell.
  • Check and descale the filters frequently
  • Check the water pump for buildup, descale if necessary.
  • Use a water softener if hard water is the only option available for the evaporative cooler.
  • Use filtered or distilled water if possible instead of hard water.

Evaporative Cooler Filter Health You Should Know About

ec110s-hr-7-back-filter-250If you live in an arid climate, an evaporative cooler can be an effective tool in lower indoor temperatures during the hot summer months.

Although highly useful and relatively low cost, an evaporative cooler does require maintenance in order to keep it functioning properly.

Understanding the important parts of an evaporative cooler can help you keep it in optimal shape, keep it running efficiently, and extend its life.

One of the most important parts of an evaporative cooler is its filters.

The filters:

  • Keep the unit running
  • Prevent damage
  • Help prevent contamination in the air and water circulating through the cooler

Evaporative Cooler Maintenance

Keeping your evaporative cooler in optimum shape can be a matter of routine monthly inspections. However, depending on the climate and the environment it may be necessary to perform maintenance regularly.

The most common maintenance necessity in evaporative coolers has to do with the filters.

The filter’s job is actually what its name says, it filters:

  • Debris
  • Dust
  • Hard water
  • Pollen
  • Any other contaminant that would interfere with the proper function of the evaporative cooler

Without proper maintenance on the filters, the evaporative cooler would be less effective, and could eventually become useless.

Types of Evaporative Cooler Filters

ec220w-hr-7-filter-300There are multiple types of evaporative cooler filters.

The basic breakdown would be water filters and air filters.

Water Filters are used to filter the water getting circulated into the pads.

  • The evaporative cooler works by passing dry air through wet pads.
  • Although water is a vital part of the cooling process, water can be a very damaging agent.
  • Water itself is corrosive, however the type of water used can be very damaging.
  • A water filter is used to filter the hard water deposits and contaminants from getting into the mechanic parts of the evaporative cooler.
  • Without the filter, the cooler would more frequently need to be descaled of mineral deposits left behind from the water.

Air filters are used to filter dust, debris, and pollen from the air.

  • Because evaporative coolers pull fresh air into the home, it is important to filter out unwanted air particles from the air prior to pushing it into the home.
  • Air filters are necessary for comfort, but it also protects the mechanical parts of the cooler as well. Air filters that are too dirty will allow contaminates into the evaporative cooler, causing it to reduce its efficiency.

Honeycomb Filter Pad

Many evaporative coolers use a honeycomb filter pad to work properly. The honeycomb pad is usually made of fiber, cellulose, or a metal media.

  • The honeycomb pad is moistened and used in the evaporation process and also to filter out dust, debris, and pollen.
  • Typically, the thicker the filter pads, the more cooling power the evaporative cooler has.
  • The more water is used to soak it- the more evaporation occurs.
  • It’s the process of evaporation that cools the air before it gets blown inside the home.

The filter pads are an essential part of the cooler. Honeycomb filter pads usually have a long lifespan, but should be frequently checked to ensure they are in good shape.

ec45s-hr-6--filter-250NOTE: Some evaporative coolers do not come with honeycomb filter pads. The EC45S comes with a synthetic rigid cooling pad that holds more moisture.

Maintaining Filters

The filter is an important part of the evaporative cooler, and imperative to keeping it running efficiently.

  • A dirty, clogged filter will cause a myriad of problems for an evaporative cooler.
  • If the water begins to get contaminated with gunk, it can gum up the water pump, causing it to stop working.
  • If the filters get too clogged, it will stop working properly, and will allow unwanted particles into unit.
  • Dirty filters can cause unwanted smells, mold build up, and can eventually stop the unit from blowing cold air.

To ensure the filters are in a good working condition, it is recommended that owners check the filters on monthly basis.

In addition to monthly maintenance, a cooler that stops working as effectively can be troubleshot by first checking the filters.

If a filter is dirty, depending on the type of filter, it can be cleaned by soaking it in a soapy water or using an air compressor to blow out the debris. Metal filters can be scrubbed clean after soaking. Filters should be air dried prior to reinstalling them.

Sometimes, filters may need to be replaced.

Replacing Evaporative Cooler Filter

You may find that a filter has passed its lifespan and needs replacement.

If a filter needs replacement, it is imperative that gets replaced in order to keep the evaporative cooler functioning properly. To replace a filter, it is necessary to gather the correct information regarding the unit.

The brand and model will usually help guide you in the right direction, but it may be necessary to measure the filter housing to ensure the new filter will fit appropriately.

Replacing evaporative cooler filters is usually an easy task, but the outcome is a better running, properly functioning cooler.