any evaporation type will work. depending on the size of your space, you may need a bigger or smaller type than what others have. i'm in the midwest, and a 1 gallon keeps up fine over the winter, and i don't need one in the summer.
Yes the heat press will effect it. I took a large room in the house and added plastic curtains to the doorway to contain the humidity. There is a definite drop in humidity when heat press is on. I try and hold at 50% if not higher.
After recommendations from posts here on the forums about humidifiers I went with the largest one I could get at home depot for my small 200sqft workspace and I'm very glad I did! It is meant to humidify a whole house up to 4000 sqft. This humidifier completely cleared up my print head clogging problems, thank goodness!!! The only negatives so far are that it doesn't have an alert to let me know when the water is out, the fan can be loud and it can be chilly. But, when I'm operating my heat press I find the fan to be very refreshing! It's just loud if you need to talk on the phone, but it all depends on the humidity level in the room at the time, if it's low then the fan has to run harder to keep it up. Positives are that I don't have to fill it as often, especially if I will be out of town for a day or two. It has 2 water tanks to fill and they are narrow and rectangular so if my sink is full of dirty dishes I can still get it under the faucet The humidity reading seems accurate to the digital hygrometer I have located in the room, sometimes a small difference.
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