It might be new to some people, but working from home has been my personal “normal” for the past three years as a freelance writer and editor. I like to think that I’ve become something of an expert at creating a comfortable home office—but I’m at a bit of an advantage. I’m lucky enough to have an entire room in my house as a dedicated workspace, so I’m always on the hunt for little (or big) additions to make my home office feel all the more cozy—whether it’s a new lamp, some art to go up on the walls, or a new plant baby. And now that we’re stuck working from home for the foreseeable future, I’ve slowly been making additions to my home office to make it the most productive environment for me, which is why Dyson’s new Pure Humidify+Cool has become a total necessity.
I know, I know. How can an $800 machine be a necessity? I’m already a huge Dyson fan—the company’s vacuums actually make me excited to clean, and I’ve recommended the Airwrap to everyone I know—so I’m inclined to believe that I’ll love every product they launch. For me, it has everything to do with improving my overall quality of life while I’m working at home, which will continue to be the case even after the coronavirus passes.
To be honest, I never thought much about air quality in my home before I tried out the Dyson Pure Humidify+Cool. Of course, I’m big on wearing sunscreen indoors and am hyper-conscious of the fact that Los Angeles (where I live) doesn’t have the best outdoor air quality—not to mention, it is much too dry for someone with my skin type. But I thought that running a small humidifier on my desk and shutting off our central A/C would be sufficient enough to maintain decent air quality at home, and wow, was I wrong.
The new Dyson machine has seriously changed the way I think about the air in my space. Not only does it purify a room by filtering out particles like allergens, bacteria, pollen, and formaldehyde, but it also blows out cool air (which is perfect for those hot L.A. summers). While it’s filtering and blowing air, it also works as a humidifier to keep your space comfortably moist—a godsend if you have dry skin and hair like me. And the best part is that everything is customizable. I can turn it to just one of the settings (or any combination of the three) and can even adjust how each function works; whether I want more or less humidity, or if I want the fan to feel more like a breeze than a blast of cool air. And if I want to monitor what the air quality is like in my space, all I have to do is check the Dyson Link app to read stats picked up by sensors on the machine.
An issue that I’ve always had with room humidifiers is that I forget to clean them out. The water scales inside, and bacteria collect in the still water—which then gets pumped out into the air when I turn the machine back on. Of course, Dyson thought of everything and built in a one-touch deep-clean cycle that does all the cleaning for you. It keeps my mind at ease knowing that I’m using an appliance that really works to keep my home’s air quality as pure as possible, and it sure doesn’t hurt that it’s one less thing to clean in my house right now.