How Does an Ultrasonic Humidifier Work?
Humidity is more important than you might think.
By maintaining the proper moisture levels in the air of your home, you can ensure that the environment is comfortable while warding off issues like dry skin, coughs and scratchy throats. In many climates, however, it's necessary to implement a humidifier to achieve this. Doing so can help promote your family's overall well-being and lower your energy bills, as you can set the thermostat back and still feel warm. Moreover, a humidifier helps to protect wood floors, furniture, wallpaper, paint and even plant life, thus preserving many of your prized interior investments.
These devices are broken down into two groups: warm mist humidifiers and cool mist humidifiers. The latter category is then divided into evaporative humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers. While choosing between the two comes down to personal preference, ultrasonic humidifiers do have some unique advantages that can make them more effective for certain homes and family needs.
How They Work
Evaporative cool mist humidifiers rely on fans to blow air through their wick filters. On the other hand, ultrasonic humidifiers, such as the Holmes® Ultrasonic Cube Humidifier, contain a small metal plate that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency. These ultrasonic sounds are inaudible to humans, but they're capable of some pretty powerful things - like dislodging dirt from surfaces. They can also break water particles from the humidifier's built-in reservoir apart into a cool vapor. The device then emits this fine mist into the air, instantaneously distributing humidity throughout the room.
Benefits of Ultrasonic
There are several reasons why ultrasonic humidifiers are worth considering for your home.
As these models don't depend on fans, they're some of the quietest humidifiers around. They're also super low maintenance compared with many other models, which may demand frequent changing of bulbs, replacement of steam canisters or cleaning of pans. Additionally, since ultrasonic humidifiers don't use heat, they require minimal electricity. This is perhaps one of the most major advantages of ultrasonics, because it can lead to significant savings on your bills in the long run.
Ultrasonic humidifiers are easily portable, and can be instantly turned on and off. There's no waiting time for a heating element to boil the water, either, because the mist is produced through oscillation.
Considering their relatively small size, ultrasonic humidifiers can produce impressive amounts of vapor. As such, they're an ideal option for maintaining proper moisture levels in smaller rooms.