We all want to be in the comfort of our home, however, there are different devices which serve almost similar purposes that can be used for achieving this purpose. There are two types of equipment we will be discussing; humidifier and diffuser that can help you to attain this aim and also serve other relieving and awesome purposes.
An essential oil diffuser is a piece of equipment which helps to increase the moisture of an environment and also diffusing oil which is beneficial to the human health while a humidifier on the other hand help to increase the humidity of an environment through circulation of vapor through the air. The diffuser is designed to be able to incorporate essential oils, diffuse them, and make it available throughout the surrounding whereas a humidifier only makes use of water (placed in the tank within the equipment) and make it evaporate and it increases the relative humidity of the house to the required level.
Moreover, most humidifiers are usually different in size as compared to the diffuser. Humidifiers usually have a bigger space within it where water can be stored for quite a long GB period of time, holding to the fact that this is the major component of the equipment and its major purpose is derived from the effect of the equipment on the water within while Diffuser is usually small, requiring less water and they have a compartment where essential oils are stored so that it can serve the required purpose for its design.
Also, the way the mode of operation of this equipment differ from one another in that, diffusers operates intermittently, that is, it has a timer which determines the maximum period for which it works before it goes off and start operating again while the humidifier does not have a timer but it has a time range with which it can work. The mode of operation of this instrument is important as it will determine how well you can use them, some diffuser can work for 3 hours at a go, while some can work for 8 hours at a stretch. Therefore, the time range for which they can work usually depends on the design of this equipments.
How do Essential Oil Diffusers Work?
A diffuser works by allowing essential oil to be broken down into smaller bits and they become diffused into the air within the environment so that they are inhaled. Upon inhaling, the essential oil is absorbed by the body which serves a series of purpose within the human body. However, there are different types of diffuser: evaporative, nebulizer, ultrasonic, and they are designed in different ways, therefore the way they operate differently.
Although there are different types of diffuser, the way they function is based on the principle above and they serve the purpose of body relaxation, stress relief, and other awesome purposes. Diffusers based on its design does not add moisture to the environment, however, it sprays essential oils into space, which have great benefits on its user.
How do Humidifiers Work?
Humidifiers as said earlier help to increase the humidity of a given environment. Humidifiers work by raising the temperature of water (causing water movement into vapor) and allowing it to move into the air which helps to increase the environmental condition. Humidifiers are usually used to increase the relative temperature of an environment to a level of about 45 – 55%, which is the best level for use.
Use a humidifier if you are experiencing a low humidity level at your home, office or room. It will definitely serve you better than you could ever imagine.
Similarities between Diffusers and Humidifiers
One of the common things which are between humidifiers and diffusers is that they are used for environmental improvement, that is, the purposes they serve in one way or the other help to improve the environmental condition which makes the air and environment healthier and more suitable for use.
The best aromatherapy diffuser and humidifier will be one which can serve as both a diffuser and humidifier.
Differences between Diffuser and Humidifier
There are different things between diffuser and humidifier that make this equipment different from one another, from their size, operational mode, function to the size of their water tank. These differences are explained below.
- Size: the size of a humidifier is usually more than that of a diffuser holding to the fact that humidifiers hold more water which is circulated throughout the environment. This size is as a result of the water tank present in most humidifiers while Diffusers have minute space for water because it serves the purpose of holding essential oil.
- Operational mode: the way through which these devices operate differs. That is, humidifiers use sprays to release moisture into the living space, helping to reach the desired humidity level of the space while Diffusers breaks essential oil into bits and allowing it to move into the air through ultrasonic vibrations in the presence or absence of water in the equipment.
- Cost of Purchase: this is an important factor that must be mentioned, the cost at which these equipment are available in the market differs from one another. Diffusers have been found to cost more, therefore, you should consider your budget before making the purchase unless you are really in need of a diffuser.
- Noise production: as a result of the mechanism with which the equipment work, Diffusers have been found to produce more noise as a result of the breaking process of the oil. This is the reason why Diffusers are not advisable to use at night.
Can you use a diffuser as a humidifier?
Diffusers are not designed to increase the humidity of an environment, although some of the Diffusers we have to use water for production of scents, it cannot function as a humidifier successfully. If you want to improve the humidity of your room or home, you should go for a portable humidifier and likewise, if you want to give more scent to your home, you should go for an essential oil diffuser.
Is it okay to put essential oils in a humidifier?
No, this is not a very good idea at all. Humidifiers are designed to regulate water and allow it to the level of humidity within your home. However, putting essential oils in this equipment can cause different harmful effect on the appliance which can cause its quick damage and it can also make cleaning hard to do.