This calculator uses the average watt rating (100 Watts) for a Humidifier. You can input your Humidifier’s details to calculate the exact usage and cost of your device.
Enter how many hours per day you estimate you run your Humidifier. If it is less than one hour use a decimal. For example, 30 minutes would be .5 and 15 minutes would be .25.
Input the wattage of your Humidifier. If you are unsure enter the average wattage for a Humidifier: 11.
The average Humidifier uses 11 watts. Your devices wattage may be different depending on the brand, size, or other factors. You can generally find the wattage of your Humidifier in the user manual or on the device itself.
Enter the price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) you pay for electricity. If you are unsure you can use the average rate per kWh in the US (10 cents) or find the kWh rate in your area here.
Dealing with dry air in your home is irritating, primarily if you reside in an area with chilly, dry winters. A humidifier, which gives the air around it more moisture, is the most popular remedy for dry air. Selecting an energy-efficient humidifier can significantly impact your home's comfort, health, energy use, and more.
A humidifier, in simplest terms, adds moisture to the air in a room or residence. A home's ideal air humidity ranges from 30 to 50 percent. The air can irritate your throat, nose, and skin if you breathe it any lower.
If your home has too much moisture, mold or fungus could grow there. The most effective humidifiers strike a balance between the two extremes and assist you in keeping your home's humidity level constant.
In the United States, 8,000,000 portable humidifiers are sold each year. Most people can tell when the air is dry when exposed to it. Numerous unpleasant symptoms, such as dry skin, lips, nostrils, and throats, are brought on by dry air.
Dry air in your home can harm your property, resulting in paint and furniture cracks and peeling wallpaper. Of course, there is also the static electricity issue. You might need to add humidity to your room if you get a static shock every time you touch a doorknob.
Of course, depending on the style and size, running a portable humidifier for several hours, overnight for weeks at a time, for example, can use a lot of electricity.
Here are some of the breakdowns on the different types of humidifiers and their electrical usage:
Because they use an electric heating element to produce warm steam, warm mist humidifiers require much more electricity than cool mist humidifiers—roughly ten times as much.
This is similar to how old electric coffee kettles operated:
Humidifiers with cool mist consume less power than those with warm moisture because they employ a device called ultrasonic transducer that is essentially a high-frequency device that vibrates its surface at a very high frequency.
Unlike the heating element used in warm mist models, it doesn't take the same amount of electricity. Not only are they energy-efficient, but the majority of them are also relatively quiet.
Warm Mist Humidifiers
The water in warm-mist humidifiers is heated using an electrical element before being released as vapor into the space. They are standard options, but if energy usage concerns you, an ultrasonic humidifier uses much less electricity.
Cool Mist Humidifiers
A cool-mist humidifier blows unheated water through a diffuser or rotating disks to produce a thin mist. The advantages of cool-mist models as humidifiers must be weighed against the requirement to ensure the model's reservoir is filled with clean water.
An ultrasonic humidifier uses high-frequency vibrations to produce water vapor.
Ultrasonic humidifiers consume less energy than the other two types of humidifiers.
An essential advantage of humidifiers is energy savings. According to the EPA, an energy-efficient ultrasonic humidifier saves 11.8-kilowatt hours (kWh) annually.
In contrast, a warm-mist humidifier will save 80.1 kWh yearly, while an effective cool-mist device will save 36.2 kWh. The savings are considerably more notable for steam whole-house humidifiers and amount to about 426.7 kWh annually.