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What is the difference between a Diffuser and a Humidifier?


Many people get confused when purchasing a diffuser or humidifier, take a read below to help you understand the difference between them. Some of these tips were given by loft conversion companies in the area.


A diffuser is usually smaller than a humidifier and is designed to be used with an essential oil simultaneously adding moisture to the air while enhancing the wellbeing of your space.   


Diffuser positives


  • The fine mist oil can be absorbed into your skin.  This can be a positive if you have dry skin.
  • Diffusers can alter your moods, for instance, it can help you to relax or equally stimulate your mind, especially if there is a built-in light, such as a colour changing LED light, which also works well for alleviating mind fog and elevating your energy levels.
  • If you suffer from sinus problems the fine mist can reduce the number of bacteria and fungus in your spaces, which are known to trigger symptoms, helping you breathe better and reduce snoring with the help of Thyme, Marjoram, Eucalyptus, or Peppermint.


Diffuser considerations


  • Diffusers can be expensive, but you can look out for deals and shop around to find something to suit your budget.
  • Buy a diffuser with an adjustable light feature as it may interfere with your sleep.
  • Can be noisy.
  • Holds less water than a humidifier.


Humidifiers regulate the moisture levels in the air, particularly useful in the winter, when the heating is turned on. Dry air can cause problems with dry skin and make it more difficult for people to fall asleep. It is very useful for treating the symptoms of colds, flu, and sinus congestion.


Humidifier positives


  • Reduces static electricity.
  • Great for alleviating sinus issues.


Humidifier considerations


  • Maintain your air humidifier filters and regularly clean the tank, or you risk bacteria and fungus infections.
  • Excessive moisture can be avoided by monitoring your humidity levels, 40-45% is recommended, and try to stay below 50%, to avoid bacteria and fungus infections.
  • Burns risk is much higher as warm mist humidifies boiling water, then disperses it into steam. It is also hazardous to small children if the humidifier tips over.


Keeping your humidity levels will help keep your spaces well-balanced and hygienic.  Remember to regularly clean your diffuser or humidifier to keep infection free.

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