Proof Luma Comfort Products Are Strong and Durable

Not many people know the feeling of destroying something of great value. The infamous move of rock stars slamming their electric guitars to the ground is something we’ve all dreamt of actually doing. We imagine it would feel powerful and not to mention super fun. Well, that’s almost exactly what we did at Luma Comfort’s Headquarters. We let some of our employees let off steam by handing them a bat and allowing them to swing at a few products.

As a company, we are committed to providing customers with innovative, quality products that make you feel comfortable in your living or work space. Our goal is to offer products of value and style to complement any decor, and strive to meet the ever-changing needs of our consumers. We pride ourselves in bringing you reliable, and durable products that are made to last for years of enjoyment. Each product is made with easy-to-use functions and a sleek design that is environmentally-friendly and cost-effective.

All products that we ship are tested by FedEx to ensure they meet the highest standards for shipping. From watching the video below, these strong men take a few hard swings before actually breaking the product into pieces. Their muscles aren’t as weak like we’ve seen on 50 Cent’s arm at the New York Mets game. The durability and strength of our products are not to be underestimated. Why don’t you try destroying your ugliest home appliance? Have fun watching! CLICK HERE or the picture below.

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Travel Guide to Some of the Driest, Hottest Cities in America

Some of the driest cities in America also have the most interesting attractions. These cities are known for their high temperatures and arid environment. This also makes them the perfect places to use evaporative coolers. To beat the heat, evaporative coolers release both cool air and moisture into the air, providing a cooler, balanced living environment. This can provide great relief to those living in the Southwest, or other arid environments. However, you also want to be able to go out and see the sights. If warm temperatures and low humidity suit you, here’s some suggestions to help you plan that summer trip. These hot spots have some great attractions to check out along the way.

El Paso, Texas

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 7.82”
  • Most of the rainfall is isolated to the late summer’s desert “monsoon” season
  • The Wyler Aerial Tramway gives panoramic views of the Southwest Desert. It travels across the Franklin Mountains State Park. The Tramway is suspended over the valley floor, so it is perfect for the adventurer within you, but won’t be a pleasant experience for those of us who are afraid of heights.
  • National Border Patrol Museum offers an insider look at the National Border patrol units that work on the border of the United States and Mexico. The owner is actually the wife of a border patroller, so she’s had firsthand experience with the artifacts and exhibits of the museum. There are also hilarious examples of the extremes that people will go to in order to enter the good-old U-S-of-A.
  • Visit buildings from the time of Texas’ founding fathers. Magoffin Home State Historical Park is a stone’s throw from Downtown El Paso. Many of the buildings are from the 1870s and families will have a chance to see how their fellow Texans lived back in the day. However, the only way to see the park is on a guided tour, so you’ll need to call and make an appointment in order to see the history offered here.
  • The Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso shows visitors the impact that the railroad had on settlement and development in Texas. The oldest classic American steam engine (1857) in the West can be seen here, the EP&SW Locomotive No. 1. Learn how the Mule Car evolved into the Electric Streetcar and how the railroad impacted Texas history.
  • The Plaza Theatre has old-time theater glamour, while still offering contemporary performances. Rock of Ages and Jersey Boys are both on the schedule for performance in the coming months.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 7.64”
  • Obviously, the biggest attraction is Grand Canyon National Park, but here are a few tips. Try to reach the Rim BEFORE sunrise, so that you can take plenty of photos in the changing light. Sunrise pictures of the Grand Canyon are a big crowd pleaser when hung above the mantle or posted on Facebook. Yaki Point is a good place for photo ops. Be sure to get at least a couple pictures of your family standing on the edge, which means bringing a camera with a timer or finding a random stranger to accomplish the task.
  • Another way to see the Grand Canyon is to take a trip on the Grand Canyon Railroad (www.thetrain.com). The train departs daily at 9:30 from Williams, AZ, delivering its travelers to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park at 11:45 a.m. The train leaves at 3:30 for the return trip to Williams Depot. Arrive early for the train because the train depot has plenty of sights to see. The area around the train depot also offer some history about Route 66, since the road passes through, and offers a good dose of nostalgia.
  • If you’re willing to take a detour El Tovar Hotel has tons of vintage charm. It was designed by Charles Wittlesey and opened in 1905. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it boasts famous past guest such as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, President Bill Clinton, and Sir Paul McCartney. You can also movie memorabilia from “The Harvey Girls,” a 1946 MGM production starring Judy Garland. Get a refreshing, cool beverage at the cocktail bar with indoor and outdoor seating available.
  • The Thunderbird Lodge is another historic lodging on the rim of the Grand Canyon. It offers scenic views of the canyon from many of its rooms and is only a short hike away from Hermits Ridge. Elk can often be spotted right outside the lodge

Phoenix, Arizona

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 7.11”
  • Phoenix has one of the hottest climates of any major city in the US. It has temperatures of over 100 degrees on an average of over 100 days out of the year. Phoenix is also home to one of the highest recorded low temperatures in history (96 degrees in 2003).
  • If you’re looking for the full-Western experience, then visit Western Destinations Canyon Creek Ranch. They offer private tours of the property, as well as lessons in horseback riding, shooting a gun, and roping. By the end of the trip, you’ll feel right at home in their faux western town. You can even reenact the great shootout from “High Noon,” just recruit another family member to stand at 50 paces.
  • 2 Fly Us provides private hot air balloon rides with an expert pilot. Take in the bird’s-eye-views of the desert below. Trips depart from Deer Valley Airport.
  • Taste It Tours (http://tasteittours.com/) allows you to explore Phoenix’s greatest restaurants with a guided tour. Visit several restaurants over the course of the tour, with plenty of helpful suggestions from tour guides and restaurant staff.
  • AZ Flyboard Rentals (http://azflyboardrentals.com/) allows you to try your hand at flying a jet pack, but this water sport also allows you to cool off in Lake Pleasant. Flyboards can both propel you through the water and rocket you up into the air. It’s probably one of the weirdest, coolest things you’ll do on a vacation.

Las Vegas, Nevada

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 4.19”
  • Las Vegas has over 300 sunny days a year, with less than 30 days of precipitation annually.
  • Of course, there are the traditional sights to see in Las Vegas. The Bellagio Fountains offer shows every 15 minutes or so after dark and provide a few minutes of a choreographed water show set to amazing music. However, the closer you are, the more likely you are to walk away from the show a little damp. There is also the Chapel of the Flowers, a popular destination for those looking for a quickie Vegas wedding, which you may regret in the morning. Seeing Celine Dion at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace offers a regret-free alternative to getting married, although you might be tempted after hearing “My Heart Will Go On” with that special someone.
  • Battlefield Vegas gives an all-encompassing military training to tourists. They will pick you up in a genuine US military Humvee, take you to a 5-acre facility in the Nevada Desert and provide hands-on weapons training on a variety of historical and contemporary weapons systems. They also have a military Huey UH-1C helicopter, a Chieftain tank, and other army vehicles to climb into and explore.
  • Dig This is “America’s first and only heavy equipment playground where YOU’RE in control” and offers visitors the opportunity to relive their childhood of sandcastle building, if your childhood included real Caterpillar bulldozers and excavators
  • World Class Driving (http://www.worldclassdriving.com/) is your chance to drive a Ferrari or Lamborghini. These exotic supercars are great options to see the sights of Red Rock Canyon while also having the thrills of a lifetime.

Yuma, Arizona

  • City Annual Average Precipitation: 2.64”
  • Yuma was recently voted “sunniest place on earth” by the Guinness Book of Records. The sun shines in Yuma 93% of the time. August is the wettest month of the year there, with an average of about half an inch of rain.
  • If you want to see the history of this pioneer town, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is the place to go. There, you can wander through the remnants of the historic prison, housing a total of 3,069 inmates from July 1, 1876 to September 15, 1909. Oddly enough, the prison was then turned into the Yuma Union High School, which taught students from 1910 to 1914. The prison is best known for its frontier justice, giving dark cells to inmates who broke prison regulations, and the ball and chain to prisoners found trying to escape. Yuma Proving Ground Heritage Center gives visitors a firsthand look at where the military developed and tested technology. The museum offers a glimpse into what was developed there and how it was tested at the Yuma Proving Ground. Many of the technologies are still in use today, including the GPS technology found in most cars.
  • For fans of aviation, the Yuma Landing Historic Site marks the place of the first plane landing on Arizona Soil, occurring in October 1911. There is a full-size bronze statue of the pilot, Robert Fowyler, and the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill offers great food. If your still in the mood for more history, there’s the Casa de Coronado Museum, located in the middle of the historic Best Western Coronado Motor Hotel next to the Yuma Landing Historic Site. This museum fuses the best of Yuma with artifacts with the history of Best Western.

With the summer fast approaching, the heat is only going to get worse. It’s April,
but Southern California is already in the low 90s today. And again, it’s April.
We’re still supposed to be wearing our light sweaters and grabbing a jacket on our
way out the door ‘just in case.’ Instead, we are trying to decide if it’s worth
the cost to turn on the air conditioner or if we should just suffer through it a
little longer. However, there is another option.

Evaporative coolers provide cooling comfort and are another way to beat the heat, but they also are much more energy efficient than traditional air conditioners. Evaporative coolers cycle hot air over moist pads, cooling the air then circulating it back into the room. It also adds moisture to the air through this process, so evaporative coolers work better in arid environments. The diagram below shows the best places to use evaporative coolers. Region A is best suited for evaporative coolers and will feel the biggest effect on the temperature, followed by Region B, which will feel comparatively less of a difference. If you live in Region C, you should do a little research about the average humidity in your area to find out if an evaporative cooler will work well for you. 

Luma Comfort’s EC45S is a great option for home offices or bedrooms, while Luma Comfort’s EC110S has the cooling capabilities to tackle larger areas like living rooms.

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Peyton Manning’s 2nd Big Game Win

If you have read my previous blog post on the Denver Broncos, then my predictions are still on the right track. It’s time for Peyton Manning to finally win another Big Game! The Broncos and the Seahawks are the perfect matchup this year, and I could not be more excited. The number one defense is going up against the number one offense, and this Sunday is going to be filled with GREAT football. Peyton Manning has truly made his mark this season with 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards, and it will be no surprise when he comes out strong from start to finish. After reading his responses from Media Day this past week, it only makes him that much more likable on his modesty about his legacy.images

I’m also quite a fan of the Seattle Seahawks. My grandma used to work at USC when I was younger, and we would always get free tickets to watch their football games at the Coliseum. Pete Carroll was the head coach at the time and it was very exciting to watch his dynasty of leaders, including Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush. Those days were so thrilling, and looking at him now only shows that he is the best at what he does. Everyone at the MetLife Stadium will have their adrenaline pumping and will be shouting with excitement every second. Wishing I had tickets is an understatement. It must be an awesome feeling to be there. If you plan on attending, please share your experience with me! I want to live vicariously through you, and I’m also looking forward to hear what Richard Sherman has to say next!

I cannot wait for Sunday’s festivities to being, and to celebrate a Bronco win. This game only comes once a year, and of course I use it as an excuse to throw a party. It would be un-American of me. In my other blog post, I also mentioned that one of the most important items to have this Sunday was an ice maker. Specifically, I’d like to recommend Luma Comfort’s Stainless Steel Portable Ice Maker. Why? Because your life would suck without it. Your party and reputation are on the line if you run out of ice.

I’ve put more thought about how this product can be incorporated into a party atmosphere, and I thought it deserved it’s own blog post. Without this ice maker, your party will be lame because nobody wants a warm drink in their hand. With the pounds of ice it makes throughout the day, you’ll have plenty on site and you won’t have to worry about making those extra trips to the grocery store to buy more bags. It’s compact so you’ll have more room to place your keg near guests, but just don’t put it next to a lot of liquid where the Justin Biebers at your party can ruin it. You’ll need it for future parties to celebrate different occasions, like Valentine’s Day and St. Patty’s Day.

rs_560x415-140123092522-1024-justin-bieber-miami-arrest.ls.Speaking of Justin Bieber, it’s good to have tons of alcohol at your party, but you don’t want anyone getting hurt. Drunk driving, especially at a high speed, is very dangerous and friends of mine have been killed because of it. I would love to sign the petition to deport Justin Bieber back to Canada. It looks like he is about to have an immigration case on his hands with over 118,000 signatures on it’s way to the White House. I am really interested to watch what the White House does, and I’m eagerly waiting to see if he receives any special treatment for being a celebrity. He is a horrible role model and bad influence for all of his teenybopper fans. He’s also not newsworthy! Our country is so obsessed with pop culture that we don’t listen to what else is really going on in the world. Did you know that the US government was found guilty of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination? Did you also know vitamin B17 destroys cancer cells, but is banned by the FDA? Did you know that the US government was caught helping the drug cartel smuggle drugs into the US? No, but you knew Justin Bieber was arrested in minutes.

I love the advice that Vanilla Ice gave him though. He told the young singer to turn in the liquor for some coffee, which gave me a great idea. I began vigorously searching for ice cube recipes on Pinterest that would be a great fit for my football party on Sunday. Although it’s not recommended to use other liquid than distilled water for this product, I just couldn’t help myself.

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My first recipe is a tasty alcohol and coffee combination. It’s great for a party, but not strong enough to send someone over the edge. It’s also a great energy booster:

  • 2 ox of Baileys Irish Cream
  • 6 oz vanilla vodka or milk
  • Coffee ice cubes

I’ve also been thinking about how I can create orange and blue ice cubes, and I found the perfect solution. Koolaid! You’re probably wondering why I didn’t choose orange juice. Orange juice is more of a yellow color and that wouldn’t match my Bronco decorations. I also heard running Vodka through a Brita filter will improve the taste and that it did!

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Therefore, my second recipe is completely different. As the ice melts, the flavor of your drink changes:

  • 6-8 oz of Sprite
  • 2 shots of vodka
  • Berry Blue Kool-Aid Ice Cubes
  • Orange Kool-Aid Ice Cubes

I saw other ice cube recipes on Pinterest with flowers or bits of fruit in them, but I haven’t tried those yet. These two options of flavored ice will fulfill the different taste buds that people may have at your party. I would recommend that you first make the water ice cubes before making the flavored ones. Just make sure to really clean your ice maker afterwards, so it doesn’t stop working correctly.

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Sometimes I think I should be an interior designer because I love to decorate. It’s fun to mix and match colors and pick out trendy furniture and decorative pieces. I’ve been working in the Luma Comfort Office for almost a month now, and the office decor could use a little work. I’m currently looking at a yellow mustard colored wall to give you an idea of what it’s like in here. Not the best color, but I can definitely work with it.

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However, every time I come in I start to sneeze. I really do not know what it is besides dust particles, but I literally sneeze every hour and my nose starts to run. Mark, the guy who works on the desk behind me, is always the first one to say “bless you”. It’s almost embarrassing for me that he has to say it so many times. The entire office probably thinks I’m always sick. The only time I ever sneeze a lot is when I’m around a cat, but I don’t know if anyone here is a cat owner and bringing all their cat hair to work with them.

Working for a manufacturer that produces air purifiers, I thought why not test out the product. So I went downstairs to the warehouse to pick up a sample, and I choose the Luma Comfort AP170W Air Purifier. The warehouse is amazing by the way. There are rows and rows of products. I almost got lost. Anyways, the first thing that caught my eye about this particular purifier was the design. It’s sleek, modern, simple, and very high-end. Most air purifiers I’ve seen look like a fan. Have you seen the air purifiers from Honeywell? Some of them look like a cheap tower fan, and others look like a huge lunch pail that my mom would force me to take to school. Although it could probably hold a lot of food, and I do love to eat. I received hostile comments on my Hello Kitty Pochacco lunch pail in elementary school, so I bet kids these days are worse with their blunt, honest comments.

We’ve had the air purifier on all week in the office, and I haven’t sneezed at all. It’s also very quiet when operating, so it’s not annoying to have on while working and it doesn’t overbear my music. The flat panel and simplicity of this product is perfect for any type of decor I wish to bring into the office. It’s white, which is a great color that matches anything, and small enough to fit into the corner for additional space. It stylish and delivers clean air. The best of both worlds. This is going to be my starting point to redecorating the office.

Predicting a Denver Broncos Championship

People really need to grasp the fact that Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time. You can argue all you want, but I will let Manning speak for himself when he continuously breaks NFL records and leads his team to the Big Game. It’s exactly 20 days away, and I cannot wait to celebrate a Bronco’s championship win by throwing a HUGE party the day of!

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I’ve always got to make sure I have the essentials – beer, food, big screen TV, and maybe a lot of napkins in case there’s a bloodbath. Let me share my party checklist to guarantee satisfied guests at your own Big Game party:

1. Bronco Decorations

Because why would I put anything else up? I’ve got to support my team and plaster their colors and mascot everywhere. I’ll be purchasing navy blue and orange colored banners, streamers, balloons, and anything else I can find that will contribute to this perfect setting.

2. Napkins

Considering my decorations, there’ll be others who are hardcore fans of the opposite team, so things are bound to get rowdy. I’ve stocked up on plenty of napkins in case of spills, sticky fingers, and bloody noses.

3. Portable Air Conditioner

This is mostly for myself since I’ll be running around the house making sure everything is okay, but sharing is caring! It can also get really stuffy with a ton of people huddled around together for a few hours.

4. Big Screen TV

My eyesight is horrible, but my big screen HDTV comes in handy and I’m sure everyone else will appreciate it. We’ll be able to clearly watch the game and make fun of Colin Kaepernick commercials.

5. Vacuum

For easy cleanup to get rid of all those crumbled chips on the floor. A hand-held vacuum is more ideal during a party, but I plan on giving this responsibility to my roommate.

6. Toilet Paper

If my roommate and I go through a roll of toilet paper per day, I can’t imagine how many rolls we’ll go through with a dozen more people around.

7. Water Dispenser

It’s necessary to keep your guests hydrated with tons of alcohol and food around. A water dispenser is a great alternative to buying cases of bottled waters because there’s not going to be any room in the fridge.

8. Seating

I asked a few friends to bring some folding chairs just in case I don’t have enough seating for everyone. I’m also going to place blankets or rugs on the floor for those who don’t mind sitting on the ground.

9. Kegerator

It’s no question the drink of choice at this type of party is beer. A kegerator is perfect for guests who are glued to the TV because it’s easy access to quenching their thirst. Place it strategically near the TV.

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10. BBQ Grill

This is definitely not a fancy-shmancy party. Throw some meat on the grill! Our diet will consist of chips and dip, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, wings, and sandwiches. You can burn the calories tomorrow.

11. Beverage cooler

Another perfect item for stocking up on non-alcoholic beverages. Keep soda, lemonade, or juice cold and fresh for enjoyment.

12. Make Room for Vegetarians

My roommate is also a vegetarian, so she constantly reminds me to make sure we have a veggie platter. I don’t want her to be the only one starving so I’m getting carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, and some ranch dip.

13. Misting Fan

It’s torture cooking over a hot stove or grill. Place a Luma Comfort Misting Fan next to you to prevent looking like a hot mess.

14. Ice Maker

So important, yet so easily forgotten. Nothing ruins a party better than a warm drink. With an ice maker, you’ll have plenty of ice on hand and can even make more than needed.

15. Trash Bags

Self-explanatory.

16. Cigar Cooler

After the Broncos win their third championship, I plan on additionally celebrating by smoking a cigar on my patio. I keep them in perfect condition for a glorious moment like this one will be with New Air’s Bottle Thermoelectric Cigar Cooler.

While half the nation is celebrating and the other half is crying over the Bronco’s win, I’ll be proud of all the hard work we put into this season. Thanks for helping me win my fantasy draft this year, Peyton. I owe you one.

Healing Children Back to Their Barbaric Ways

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I used to babysit for my uncle’s kids, and I always loved it when they were sick. One: because I finally had peace and quiet since they slept all day, and two: I didn’t have to do much work. They weren’t wildly running around, and their room didn’t look like a tornado destroyed it. However, the down side of them being sick is that they don’t care what they touch. They’re rubbing their nose and mouth touching furniture, door knobs, food, ME…and I would definitely settle for their super craziness rather than getting sick myself. So I opted to buy a humidifier to expedite their recovery process.

My uncle is pretty adamant about giving his children any type of medicine because he feels it may not be safe. Thanks to me, his children’s symptoms are at ease without any help. With a humidifier, I am reassured knowing that the children are taking in fresh air. The moisture helps them easily breathe, cough, and swallow by loosening the mucus in their nose and throat from their cold. They’re more comfortable and able to rest so they can be back to their barbaric ways in a couple of days.

One reason a child might get sick is because of a dry nasal passage. Their skin is also usually dry, and it can be more prone to irritation and wounds. It’s important to have a humidifier that keeps a child’s skin wet and warm at all times, especially after a bath. Moisturizing the air is key to prevent disease and to make their skin feel like soft, smooth butter!

The first time I saw a humidifier I thought it was a really weird-looking contraption. They’re mostly ugly, weirdly shaped, and I would totally be embarrassed if my friends saw it in my room. But, after my impeccable research, I learned that they come in different designs that better suit my fabulous taste (and I guess my uncle’s taste too). The kids are also big believers on saving the planet, so of course I had to invest in a humidifier that was energy efficient or else they wouldn’t let me bring inside the house. I bought the Luma Comfort Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. It’s design is sleek, modern, sophisticated, and very different. It can absolutely fit into any type of room decor!

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When I turned it on, I heard nothing! No wonder the kids can sleep with this thing on all day. But after realizing how beneficial it is for children, I vowed that I would always have it on hand when necessary.

Great New Air Purifier Review!

The nice folks over at Scattered Musings of a Creative Mind took a long hard look at one of our air purifiers, and put together a full review of the unit for everyone. SPOILER ALERT: they just loved it!

Not only was the cleaning power impressive, but the portability of the unit also scored it some points. 

I love that it’s made for larger spaces as I can keep it in our general gathering area and know that it’s helping to keep our air cleaner…

I liked that it’s light weight and I can move it from room to room if I wanted too. It’s also very quiet so if you have it running at night in a bedroom it won’t keep you awake.

You can check out the full review at the link below, and be sure to enter their contest! One lucky reader is going to win their own air purifier. Good luck everyone!

Luma Comfort Air purifier Review and Giveaway – Scattered Musings of a Creative Mind

Why You Need a Humidifier this Fall & Winter

Luma Comfort HCW10B Warm/Cool Mist HumidifierThings are finally starting to cool down around here, and we couldn’t be more excited.  As much as I love beach weather, I’m a bigger fan of fall.  The only thing I’m not excited about is cold and flu symptoms.  It also doesn’t help that drier autumn air can cause nosebleeds, irritate skin/eyes and exacerbate asthma and allergies.

Although we’ve always thought that cold temperatures are the cause of the sniffles, it may actually be extremely low humidity levels that are the hallmarks of winter.  A recent study conducted by Oregon State University compared death rates attributed to influenza to absolute humidity levels around the country.  The study found a trend: humidity levels dropped significantly before a flu outbreak.  Transmission and survival rates would then increase, and influenza-related mortality rates would follow.  Results of the study have ultimately prompted medical professionals to start paying more attention to humidity levels during flu season.

That’s why it’s even more important than ever to keep humidity levels in check during fall and winter.  For years, professional medical associations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association have recommend the use of humidifiers to help relieve cold and flu symptoms.  But armed with this new information, it looks as though humidifiers may also help prevent illness altogether.

When shopping for a humidifier, you’ll find that there are 2 types out there: warm and cool mist.  Our customers often ask us which type they should choose, and the answer isn’t simple, as it really depends on several factors.  Do you have young children around?  Are you looking for immediate cold/flu relief?  Are you concerned with energy usage?  These are all factors that can influence your purchasing decision.  Think about these things before shopping for a humidifier:

  • As a general rule, if you’re using the humidifier in a nursery or around young children, we’d always recommend a cool mist humidifier.  The hot water and steam from a warm mist unit can be potentially dangerous if a child gets too close.
  • If you’re looking for more cold/flu relief, we tend to prefer warm mist models.  These models have a heating element that boils the water and lets out distilled steam.  We find that warm mist is easier to breathe in very cool weather, and some units have a small compartment for steaming medications, if that’s something you’d like to do.
  • If you’re concerned with energy-efficiency, a cool mist unit is the way to go.  Since this type of humidifier doesn’t have a heating element, it uses much less energy.  Also, many cool mist humidifiers utilize ultrasonic technology, which is proven to be significantly more energy efficient – sometimes by up to 90%!

If you’re still undecided on whether you’ll need a cool or warm mist unit, we’ve made it easy for you.  Our new Luma Comfort HCW10B humidifier actually produces both cool and warm mist, so you get to choose which type of mist you want without having to buy 2 different humidifiers.  Also, this humidifier produces warm mist at a lower temperature than other models on the market, offering you the benefits of a warm mist model but with less risk of burning.  You’ll still need to supervise children if you decide to use it on the warm mist setting, but rest assured that it won’t cause burns or injury if curious little hands decide to touch the mist as it’s coming out of the machine.

The Luma Comfort HCW10 cool/warm mist humidifier retails for $99.99 and is available now through our authorized dealers.

5 Ways to Combat Fall Allergies

Autumn Fall LeavesFall is officially here, and we can’t wait to enjoy some respite from the crazy heat! But while we’re excited about the prospect of breaking out our sweaters and pea coats, many experts are predicting that this year’s unusually hot summer will actually cause allergens such as ragweed to pop up earlier than usual, leading to an early influx of sneezing and sniffling. So if you live in an area with a high pollen count or are just susceptible to allergens, have no fear. We’ve got some tips to help you get through this upcoming fall season in comfort.

Stay away from known allergens.
Sounds simple, right? Although this seems obvious, many people tend to reach for the Claritin before addressing the main cause of their symptoms. Doctors all agree that the first step in surviving allergies is to avoid the main source of irritants.

If you have pets, keep them out of your bedroom and recirculate the air in your living areas by running your AC. Don’t forget to check daily pollen counts and plan your day accordingly. If you’re not sure exactly what you’re allergic to, consult your doctor for a skin-prick test. From there you can determine what’s safe and what you’ll have to avoid.

Allergy-proof your bed.
Since we can spend up to a 1/3 of our day in bed, it makes sense to keep this area allergen-free. Allergists routinely recommend patients invest in allergy-proof bedding, which includes mattress, pillow and duvet covers. Don’t forget to also wash your bed linens on a weekly basis.

Avoid allergy-worsening foods.
Did you know that some people with ragweed allergies also react negatively to certain vegetables and fruits such as bananas, zucchini and melons?  Eating these can cause itching and tingling of the lips and throat.  We recommend avoiding these if you’ve got a chronic case of the sniffles during the fall and winter.

Use a humidifier.
Humidity levels are typically higher in the summer and decrease in the cooler months. Low humidity can cause dry skin, nasal irritation and itchy eyes – all symptoms associated with allergies. Increased humidity can ease breathing in infants, children and adults, particularly when used during a respiratory infection or allergy flare-up.  This is where a humidifier comes in.

There are 2 main types of humidifiers available: cool mist and warm mist. Cool mist humidifiers are energy-efficient and extremely safe to use around children. Warm mist humidifiers have a heating element and can bring significant relief if you’re suffering from a cold or flu. Regardless of which type you choose, always remember to keep your humidifier clean, as dirty reservoirs and filters are a breeding ground for mold and bacteria.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to stay comfortable this fall and winter season, as well as information on our new products set to launch this month!

Misting Fans More Effective in Extreme Heat than Normal Fans

Extreme Heat WarningMillion of Americans use some type of electric fan every day to stay cool, especially right now as we sit in the midst of one of the hotter summers in recent memory. But according to a new medical report, an electric fan by itself is really not an effective means of staying cool. There is one exception, however: misting fans.  Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York elaborated to CBS News:

“Electric fans, only when used with misting spray in healthy people, may have the ability to promote cooling,” says Glatter.

Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially for young children and the elderly, and at least 46 people have died due to heat-related issues this summer alone. In addition to using a misting fan, CBS News provided a few additional tips for dealing with the heat this summer:

  • Seek out public places with air conditioning if you don’t have an indoor AC
  • Drink plenty of cold water
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid excessive caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks, which can all lead to dehydration.

For more on this study and some additional tips for dealing with the ongoing summer heat, be sure to check out the CBS News article below:

“Electric fans’ effectiveness during heat waves questioned in new report” — CBS News