Dyson’s second new product category in as many months is an air humidifier. I know that doesn’t sound all too exciting at first glance but bear with me as this isn’t any ordinary humidifier – even if it does carry an uninspiring name like the Dyson Humidifier.

The vacuum specialist’s latest device aims to add moisture during those dry winter months, but in a safe way. According to the company, some ultrasonic humidifiers can emit over 280 counts of bacteria within two minute of turning the machine on. Others evaporate water directly from a wet wick and can harbor bacteria.

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The Dyson Humidifier, based on the design of its bladeless fans and heaters, claims to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria in the water using ultraviolet light.

Bacteria-busting technology aside, the machine can run for up to 18 hours on a three-liter tank of water. It also comes with a remote control so you can adjust the output level and set a sleep timer without having to get up. It also works as a regular fan during the summer months.

Dyson said it dedicated over $60 million to the development of the humidifier and produced a whopping 643 prototypes in the process.

Unfortunately, Dyson’s latest won’t be arriving in time to stuff under the Christmas tree this year as it carries an anticipated US launch date of fall 2015. Pricing also remains a mystery at this hour.