How Ultrasonic Humidifiers Help You & Your Plants Thrive
What is an Ultrasonic Humidifier?
Whereas most humidifiers heat water to evaporate into the air, ultrasonic humidifiers use high vibrations to vaporize water. The ultrasonic design produces much smaller mist particles, reducing the chances of making the environment too humid or getting surroundings wet. Finer mist also prevents fungus and root rot in your plants as a result of over-humidification.
Because the mechanism in ultrasonic humidifiers is simple, they tend to be quiet and more compact than regular humidifiers. Ultrasonic humidifiers also don’t need a filter, saving you money and time purchasing replacements. Some ultrasonic humidifiers also provide the option of cool or warm mist to suit you throughout each season.
How can I benefit from a humidifier?
Humidifiers in the home have been shown to help relieve dryness in the skin, hair, and eyes, reduce allergy symptoms, and even help people with respiratory issues. In the spring and summer seasons when allergies are causing dryness and irritation, a humidifier can help provide relief by moistening nasal and throat passages. In the winter, humid air can feel much warmer than dry air, reducing the need to turn on the heater and therefore saving energy.
When it comes to your plants, you might be surprised to learn that even desert plants like cacti prefer at least 40% humidity levels, while the average home lands at about only 30% or lower due to the drying effects of air conditioning, heaters, and fans. Through pores on the underside of their leaves called “stomata”, plants intake carbon dioxide and exude the oxygen we breathe. Without proper humidity levels, plants keep their stomata closed for extended periods of time to retain moisture. With closed stomata the plant cannot “breathe”, causing them to wilt and turn brown.
Maintaining the right level of humidity in our homes can provide soothing effects that we didn’t know were possible –both for our plants and ourselves.