Humidifiers are great, but did you know that there are a lot of different types of humidifiers to choose from? Keep reading to learn about what an ultrasonic humidifier is and find out if they’re right for your home.
Ultrasonic Humidifiers: The Best Choice for Your Home?
There are many different types of humidifiers. A humidifier is an investment, so it’s important that you choose one that is right for your household.
For example, it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid steam vaporizers in a home, as they produce hot steam that can be dangerous for children. Similarly, evaporative and impeller (cool mist) humidifiers can quickly humidify single rooms but may produce too much moisture and introduce mold into your home.
The most versatile, and best, home humidifiers tend to be one of two varieties:
- Central humidifiers—these are the most expensive option, but they evenly humidify your whole home.
- Ultrasonic humidifiers—these units use ultrasonic vibrations to generate cool mist. You can choose between different mist temperature and size options depending on your needs.
How Do Ultrasonic Humidifiers Work?
Ultrasonic humidifiers rely on a highly efficient technology that expels tiny water droplets into the air that evaporate into water vapor, humidifying the space. Traditional humidifiers use heat or other methods to evaporate water inside the unit then expel the vapor into the air.
Ultrasonic humidifiers are also quieter and lower maintenance than traditional evaporative humidifiers. With ultrasonic units, you never have to replace filters or wicks, and there’s no risk of steam burns. Because they don’t work to convert water to mist, ultrasonic humidifiers also consume less electricity.
How to Use an Ultrasonic Humidifier
Get the most out of your ultrasonic humidifier with these tips:
- Place the unit on a table or shelf in your room. This gives the water droplets the best chance to evaporate instead of settling on a nearby surface.
- Use distilled water. Your tap water contains minerals. To avoid any risks for asthmatics, opt for distilled water that won’t cause mineral buildup in the unit.
- Clean your unit regularly. Any minerals and bacteria present in the water tank can be expelled into the air. This means anyone in the room could be exposed to mold and bacteria. Prevent the buildup of any nasties by cleaning the unit according to the manufacturer’s directions. (This advice applies to all types of portable humidifiers.)
Improve the Air Quality of Your Home with Help from Aire Serv
Ready to improve the air quality of your home? Humidifiers and dehumidifiers may be part of the solution. Your local Aire Serv® is ready to assist you with all your indoor air quality needs. Request an appointment online or call (855) 679-0011 to get started.
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