To Wick or Not to Wick

Now that ultrasonic humidifiers have grown in popularity, customers frequently ask us if the wick-less ultrasonic units are easier to own than the evaporative models…and the answer is more than wick deep.

First, a little more about wicks. Evaporative humidifiers use a wick to absorb water from the humidifier’s tank. As the water evaporates, the humidifier’s fan blows the water vapor into your air. Ultrasonic humidifiers don’t have wicks. They have an internal disc that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency, which breaks the water into tiny droplets to form a fine mist. That mist is blown into your air by the unit’s fan.

That might sound like a no-brainer – no wicks equals no hassle! However, evaporative humidifiers bring a host of great features to the party that makes them a fantastic solution for dry air.

Larger Coverage Area

Humidifiers are rated by the square footage they cover. For small homes and single rooms, both evaporative and ultrasonic humidifiers will get the job done. But, for a whole house, evaporative models are the way to go. Ultrasonic humidifiers work very well in small spaces, but they just don’t have the water capacity or output to humidify an entire house.

Fewer Refills

“Run time” refers to the maximum number of hours your humidifier will run between refills. The larger a humidifier’s water tank is, the longer its run time will be. For example, small ultrasonic humidifiers with a tank capacity of around one gallon typically run up to 12 hours before they need a refill. While large, whole-house humidifiers, like our Valiant, can hold many gallons of water and run two days or more between refills. So, if refills aren’t your thing, then you’re going to want the larger water capacity of an evaporative humidifier.

Cleaner Air

Many customers refer to their wicks as “filters,” and that is actually accurate. An evaporative humidifier’s wick helps trap minerals and other impurities floating around in your water. Since this stuff is trapped in the wick, it’s not released into your air. Another benefit – medical studies have shown for years that evaporative humidifiers can help control allergy and asthma symptoms.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that changing a wick is easy to do! We show you how on our YouTube channel – AIRCARE by Essick Air.

If you have more questions about wicks or evaporative humidifiers, give us a shout! Our customer care team is just a call, email, or chat away.

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