All You Need to Know – About Best Essential Oil Diffuser & Humidifier.
Standard Oil Burners
The ways to disperse aromatherapy oils in your home have advanced greatly since the standard oil burners where you use to either place the oil in a bowl or plate and quite often with water, using heat, either by electric or candle and tea light to evaporate the oils into the air.
The drawback to these oil burners is that though cheaper there are risks to using an open flame, and where they can be used. Also the oil can erode the bowl over time causing a possible fire hazard at a later date.
The other concern with these burners is that by directly heating the essential oils you are changing the nature and properties of the oils lessening their effectiveness.
What are the differences between a Humidifier and a Diffuser?
If like me you don’t or didn’t know the difference between a humidifier and a diffuser, here is a guide to help you understand and make a decision on your buying choice.
This might be a little long winded but it will tell you everything you need to know, so hang on in there.
Humidifiers and Essential oils diffusers have different roles.
Humidifiers role is to increase the humidity and moisture of a room where as oil Diffusers improve the aroma and quality of the air and can have therapeutic benefits, helping with sleep and general relaxation.
Lets start with an explanation on Oil Diffusers.
An essential oil diffuser is a device to disperse fine particles of essential oil into the air.
This diffusion method produces micro-particles of oils and water. They bind together and stay suspended in the air.
These aromatic oils are a great mood elevator, help you focus, and balance your hormones.
They also have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and this in turn means that they kill germs, bacteria, molds, fungi and viruses, therefore a diffuser can purify the air you breathe.
There are 4 types of oil diffusers, ultrasonic, nebulizing heat and evaporative.
Nebuliser Diffusers are one of the most powerful using the process of nebulization to achieve evaporation and solid operation.. This process forces the breakdown of essential oils into very tiny particles and requires a high velocity, using a pressurized air stream as well as specially designed jet nozzle.
The rate of evaporation is highly accelerated and occurs almost instantly.
The essential oil bottle is attached to the device so the content and intensity of the spray is quite dense and solid.
This type of diffuser is best if you have health conditions as it will give constant and continuous essential oils.
Since it is attached to the device it doesn’t need any preparation.
Doesn’t need any heat or water.
Doesn’t come with lights so can use at night.
Has timers so can use for allotted time periods.
Quite noisy. Noisier than the ultrasonic.
Needs a stronger concentration of oils so oil costs will be more depending on how often you use it.
This is more expensive than the ultrasonic diffuser.
Ultrasonic Diffusers are very similar to the Nebulizer except the essential oil wont be so concentrated as you add water. Ultrasonic diffusers use electronic frequencies to create vibrations that are carried to the surface where oils are floating. The vibrations vaporize the oil and disperse it into the air without using any kind of heat.
The good thing about this diffuser is that it has a dual purpose of a humidifier. Along with having double the benefits of other diffusers it is not as expensive.
You get two for the price of one, a nebulizer and diffuser.
Cheaper than the Nebulizer.
Low noise level.
Air saturation is high.
Easy to clean and use.
Effectiveness over large area.
More preparation time due to having to use water and needs to be cleaned and maintained regularly.
Lights which cannot always be turned off at night (only with some models).
Evaporative Diffusers. These diffusers normally involve dropping essential oil on a pad or filter then a fan blows on the oil which evaporates with the aroma circulating around a room.
The main drawback is that the effects of the essential oil become less obvious as the oil dissipates on the pad or filter.
Normally the least expensive. Evaporative effects requires less oil.
Aroma effects are not so long lasting.
Heat Diffusers are almost the same as the evaporative device, but using heat elements instead to help the essential oil gradually evaporate into the air, though some can use water as well.
Look for Heat diffusers that don’t use a high level of heat as this can change the chemical constituents of the oils making them less effective.
Advantages Cheaper option, economical and silent.
Disadvantages The heat can be a drawback and can change the properties of the oil at the molecular level and cause the oils to evaporate quicker. This means that the therapeutic benefit of an oil may lessen or change entirely.
Final Analysis on Diffusers.
Ultrasonic scores best for noise and energy use, however in our bacterial growth and emissions test all the ultrasonic emitted some bacterial growth so be vigilant and clean daily.
Now on to Humidifiers.
Like Diffusers, there are four popular types of humidifiers, cool mist, warm mist, evaporative, and ultrasonic.
Humidifiers are either Warm or Cool Mist, both offering the same benefits.
Warm Mist Humidifiers are suited for cool dry areas. Cool Mist can dry the air in warmer dry climates. Cool Mist Humidifiers are the most common option.
Two main types of Cool Mist Humidifiers are Evaporate and Ultrasonic.
Evaporative cool mist humidifiers are pretty basic and use a fan to force dry air through a wet wick filter usually made of a paper based material, and the water evaporates into the air.
No bacterial emission.
Uses little electricity.
Can be noisy, requires filter changes depending if you have hard water and how often you use the humidifier.
Ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers have inside a small metal diaphram that vibrates atomizing the water into a fine vapour, no filter necessary.
You might find a white powder around your humidifier this is from dissolved minerals from and hard water that are incorporated into the mist, these are not harmful deposits can be reduced by using distilled water.
Scores the best regarding noise and energy use.
Easy to use.
Can emit some bacteria into the air, requires frequent cleaning.
Some have de-mineralization cartridges that need regular replacing.
Warm Mist Humidifiers heat water to boiling temperature and mix the steam to air so they can make your room a little warmer. These units are suitable and recommended for cool dry areas.
Quiet, no filters to replace but some come with absorbent pads that collect mineral deposits, and these need to be changed regularly.
Uses more electricity than cool mist and may pose burn risk.
Some units come with an absorbent pad that collects mineral deposits.
Because the water in the unit can become very hot Warm Mist units should not be used near children.
Uses more electricity.
NOTE:Vaporizers do the same job as Humidifiers.
POINTS TO NOTE:
Take into account the extra cost of demineralization cartridges and filters depending on the models. Look for automatic shut off in particular with evaporate models as you want them to keep running so the filter drys out so in turn reduces the chance of bacteria and mildew growth.
You might also find a white powder around your humidifier this is from dissolving minerals in hard water that are incorporating into the mist. These deposits are not harmful and can be reduced by using distilled water.
HOW TO CLEAN
1 cup White vinegar. Scrub with small brush.
TIP: Don’t get a humidifier that is too big for your room or you will get too much moisture and condensation on the windows.which can develop into a mold situation.
Over time to much humidity can cause wall paper to peel off and too little can dry your furniture (If you have cathedral ceilings use a large humidifier).
NOTE: This guide is not for a large Humidifier console unit that can be a humidifier for spaces of over 2000 square feet. These can be quite loud, which is not the case with much smaller units such as this guide covers.