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Ultrasonic vs. Evaporative Humidifiers

Posted March 7, 2016

Picking out the right type of humidifier for your home can be tricky if you don’t quite know your way around the two main types of humidifiers, ultrasonic and evaporative. In order to assist you in being a smart consumer and purchasing the humidifier that’s right for you and your family, we have written an over view for which type of humidifier is best for you.

As mentioned earlier, there are two main types of portable humidifiers, both are great at humidifying a room, however, they both possess distinct characteristics making each type more suitable for different types of environments and different types of people. The three main factors to take into consideration when trying to choose which type of humidifier is best for you are

  • Noise output
  • Price
  • How each one deals with mineral scale deposits

Let’s begin with noise output. Some people prefer a humidifier that is completely silent due to the fact that it’s common for them to use it in their bedroom. If this is the case for you, then you are going to want to look into one of our ultrasonic humidifiers since their sound output is much quieter than an evaporative humidifier as they don’t contain a fan inside of them. In some cases however, people claim to want a little noise from their humidifier to help them sleep at night. If this is the case for you, then you should definitely look into an evaporative humidifier.

Next up is price. Evaporative humidifiers tend to be less costly initially, but they also have filters which need to be replaced every so often. In the long run you may end up spending more than you would like to over the course of several years. While an ultrasonic humidifier needs maintenance as well in order to keep it free of mold and bacteria, it does not require additional filters throughout its life span. The price you’re willing to pay for a humidifier boils down to whether you prefer to pay more for a humidifier up front or if you would rather pay as the need for a new filter arises.

Finally, the third factor to consider is what type of water you are using in your humidifier. The harder the water being used for the humidifier is, the more your ultrasonic humidifiers will discharge a grey dust into the room. This is caused by the water mineral deposits in hard water. This dust specifically comes from and ultrasonic humidifier and not an evaporative humidifier because the former lacks a filter, this sometimes make it appear as if the room your humidifier is in is especially dusty. There are several ways to combat this, such as changing the type of water being used in the humidifier, but overall, if you want to avoid this problem, choose an evaporative humidifier.

So which type of humidifier is best for you? It really depends on what you value the most a quiet machine, a low output of mineral dust, or a lower price up front. Make sure you check out our wide selection of ultrasonic humidifiers to find out more about them today.

 

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