It is hard to miss “humidifiers” in a winter’s essential items list. If you don’t have one or require a new humidifier, you have come to the right place.
This post’s primary focus is on ultrasonic humidifiers. It will shed light on how it works, the importance of securing one, and further, how best you can maintain one.
But first things first,
1. What is an ultrasonic humidifier?
It is a device that has a reservoir of water and a diaphragm. The diaphragm vibrates at a very high frequency. These frequencies are very high to a point one can hardly hear them. Hence, the name ultrasonic humidifier.
2. How does a humidifier work?
Firstly, they have modern high-frequency technology that transmits vibration into the water. The vibration breaks the water into small droplets, which transform into vapor.
The humidifier cleans and sanitizes the vapor and releases it into the air. Once dispersed, the mist creates a cool and moist environment.
3. Why do you need a humidifier?
Ultrasonic humidifiers carry a lot of positive impacts. To mention a few:-
Dry air is the worst. You don’t want to expose your family to an environment where they can easily suffer complications such as dry eyes, sore throat, dry nasal passages, bloody nose, colds and flu, chapped skin and lips, itchy dry skin, worsened asthma, and allergy symptoms.
A humidifier comes in handy in ensuring the air in your house is moist. The best part is that they come with a humidistat. When the moisture in the air is enough, a humidistat shuts down the humidifier.
Perfect for small spaces
If you have a small space, ultrasonic humidifiers should be on top of your list. They can be made small because their humidifying mechanism is simple.
Ultrasonic humidifiers have a smooth vibration hence are quieter than evaporative humidifiers.
Zero heat production
Ultrasonic humidifiers hardly produce any heat. This is mainly because they don’t require heating to make moisture. They are perfect for a child’s room and other rooms.
4. How best can you clean an humidifier?
You will have to clean your humidifier at some point. You could opt to clean it daily or weekly. Both ways are effective. Here is how you go about it.
Daily cleaning routine
First things first, you need to turn off and unplug the humidifier. After unplugging, ensure to remove the mist nozzle located at the top of the humidifier. Clean it and place it on a clean and dry surface to dry.
One most important point to remember is cleaning the nozzle paying attention to all the tight places. The next step will involve emptying water from the tank and basin. After this, ensure to thoroughly clean the inner part of the basin with a clean cloth.
The final step involves adding distilled water to the tank, closing it, and plunging it back.
The process is not so different. After you clean the mist nozzle and empty the water from both the tank and the basin, you’ll mix water with some vinegar or bleach and use it to disinfect the inner part of the tank.
It is best to let the vinegar or bleach sit there for about 20 to 30 minutes. Vinegar is considered the safest among the two, irrespective of its slightly unpleasant smell. Ensure to shake the mixture properly till all parts are thoroughly cleansed. After this, ensure to rinse the humidifier with plain water till all the vinegar is washed off. Once you are done, you’ll wipe the humidifier with a clean cloth or paper towel. Fill it with distilled water.
And voila! You are good to go.
Now that you know how ultrasonic humidifiers operate, you are better positioned to secure one. The best part is that some of these humidifiers come with an essential oil tray so that the moisture in circulation leaves some fantastic scent in your home.