See How an Evaporative Humidifier Works
Are you in the market for a humidifier but unsure of what type to get? Have you had your eye on an evaporative humidifier but want to weigh all of its pros and cons?
This article will shed more light on exactly what an evaporative humidifier can do and what is has to offer.
An evaporative humidifier is one of the most common humidifiers used in the home.
If you've heard of placing a jar or container of water in a room to increase moisture in the air than you won't have much difficulty understanding how to use an evaporative humidifier. Even though it isn't as simple as using a jar or container, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to get one of these popular appliances going.
Like all humidifiers an evaporative humidifier is designed to produce moisture and relieve any dry air that may be lingering in your home. The only difference is that is doesn't require much technology and can increase humidity levels in large areas of your home.
A significant feature of an evaporative humidifier is that it uses a fan and wick filter to operate properly.
- These two components are essential for the humidifier to function well.
- While these are not the only parts that participate in the functioning of the humidifier, these can be significant when making your decision on what type of humidifier to purchase. This will be discussed later.
- Using a cloth or paper sheet, the wick draws up water that is sitting in the basin/reservoir.
- When the fan is turned on it blows air towards the wick, which causes the water to evaporate and release a mist into the room.
- The moisture created from the humidifier extracts any surrounding heat directly from the air.
- As the water eliminates the heat, it is also lowering the temperature in the room or evaporated area.
Depending on the humidity level, it can be difficult evaporating water from the wick filter.
For example, if the relative humidity is high, it will be hard for water to be evaporated from the filter once the fan is powered on.
This makes an evaporative humidifier a self- monitoring appliance because if your humidity levels are high it is likely that your humidifier will not work. This can be checked by closely monitoring your humidifier to ensure that it is working properly.
Purchasing a hygrometer can help you measure the level of humidity in your home.
Should you have an above average level of humidity in your home, you should refrain from using the humidifier as often as you normally would. If you are unsure of how often to use your humidifier, there is the option of using dehumidifier. A dehumidifier can be used to decrease the humidity levels in a room or area.
The three main components of an evaporative humidifier are the wick, reservoir/basin and fan.
The wick is made of a permeable material that absorbs water from the reservoir and provides a larger surface area for it to evaporate from.
- The wick filter is positioned in the base of the evaporative humidifier.
- The size of the wick filter can vary. Some can be small enough to fit into a portable humidifier and others can be large enough to take up most of the space in a traditional humidifier.
The reservoir is very similar to a bowl-like container that the water is stored in.
- Before the humidifier can begin its process, the reservoir must be filled with the appropriate amount of water.
- Because you will be in frequent contact with the basin, it is designed for easy removal and cleaning (More will be provided on preventing mold growth in your reservoir).
- When selecting the perfect evaporative humidifier, ensure that the size of the reservoir is up to your liking. If you choose a humidifier with a small basin, it could potentially mean you would be spending more time refilling it.
Smaller the reservoir = More time doing maintenance work!
The fan is located end-to-end with the wick.
- Powering the fan on is the final step to getting the humidifier started.
- As described above, the fan blows dry air into the wick filter that is stocked with water from the basin. Which then produces a purified mist that is blown into the air.
An evaporative humidifier has many effective benefits that can make your life a lot easier and healthier.
One of the best factors when considering whether to buy an evaporative humidifier versus others, is the cost. The price for this humidifier is relatively lower than other ones. This is mostly because:
- An evaporative humidifier is equipped with a filter that has to be changed and washed, as needed. Replacement filters will need to be bought to keep the humidifier operating properly. Prices for a replacement filter can vary but most are inexpensive.
- With less than five parts, it is very easy to assemble and the technology on the humidifier is simple to use.
Ultimately you are paying a lower price for an appliance that requires occasional maintenance.
Evaporative humidifiers can increase the humidity in large spaced areas. This appliance is perfect for areas in your home such as the bedroom, living room or a frequently occupied space such as a den.
If you are looking to raise your humidity levels in spacious areas of your home, and at a fast pace, then an evaporative humidifier may be a good option for you.
Going green? Or want to conserve energy?
An evaporative humidifier can help reduce your energy levels and cost by a tremendous amount. While providing moisture and cooler temperatures the humidifier is the perfect appliance for individuals looking to cut down on their electric costs.
The evaporative humidifier differs greatly from other humidifiers. For the most part, this appliance uses a wick filter and fan, which most humidifiers do not.
Because its parts differ from other humidifiers, it operates in a completely different way as well. Most humidifiers increase humidity levels with parts such as inlet valves, evaporator pads,water tubes and a drain pan.
- Understanding how those humidifiers work is a lot more complex than filling a basin with water and turning on a fan.
- While other humidifiers have more advanced technology, an evaporative humidifier doesn't require much equipment to operate.
- Evaporative humidifiers can also be installed to any heating and cooling system that is used in your home or building.
Another factor that sets an evaporative humidifier out from others is the required maintenance that is needed.
As with any surface or container that carries water, the parts on this humidifier can develop mold.
- The wick, for example, should be cleaned frequently to prevent any spreading of bacteria.
- Should your humidifier experience any molding or fungi, there are treatments available for bacteria and mold.
- It is usually a cartridge that can be added to the container of water to help prevent anymore bacteria growth.
- Along with the wick, the reservoir should be maintained as well.
- It is highly recommended that any part of the humidifier that has direct contact with water should be maintained and washed on a frequent basis.
- After each use the components such as the wick or basin, it should be dried completely.
As discussed earlier, the wick filters on an evaporative humidifier need to be replaced.
How often it should be replaced depends on the brand and size of the humidifier.
Generally every wick filter should be changed at least every other month.
Not changing your filter can lead to potential health hazards: The air flow in the filter can get clogged and interrupt the humidifiers operation. The molding in the wick filter can grow substantially which will overall defeat the main purpose of the humidifier - which is to purify your air.
You should now have more of the necessary knowledge needed to decide on what type of humidifier to purchase.
An evaporative humidifier has a lot to offer buyers. With three main parts, it is a fairly simple appliance to use. Being one of the most inexpensive humidifiers sets it aside from others.
When considering the benefits and advantages of the humidifier it can be the best value purchase you could possibly make on an appliance.
While an evaporative humidifier requires regularly maintenance to uphold its functionality, it could ultimately save you on energy and electricity costs.
At the end of the day, the main key to remember when purchasing an evaporative humidifier is that is serves the same purpose as any other humidifier, which is to clean your air and increase your humidity levels. Whether you are considering price, overall upkeep or effectiveness, the decision of what type of humidifier to purchase is solely up to you.