Purifier, humidifier and diffuser: what is the difference?


There are many similar products on the market, and sometimes the choice can seem overwhelming, especially when all these items seem to do the same thing – or do they? This blog post should come as a breath of fresh air – it will guide you through the differences between air purifiers, humidifiers and oil diffusers, so that you can choose the device that’s right for you.  

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Purified air never felt so good 

An air purifier is ideal for ridding the air in your home or office of any allergens, dust, mold spores, bacteria, smoke and animal dander (if you have pets). Generally, air purifiers have filters that trap and remove airborne contaminants. There are also air purifiers that work without filters – read more here to learn about the difference between filtered and unfiltered air purifiers. The benefits of air purifiers of either knd are clear. They can make life much easier for asthmatics and allergy sufferers – and anyone who enjoys the sensation of breathing in clean air.

Before you invest in an air purifier, there are a few factors to consider, such as noise levels and coverage. Some devices may be too small to cope with a large area so in that case, you’d need to purchase a more powerful purifier or consider purchasing multiple devices and positioning them at intervals. It’s also important to mention that air purifiers do not add humidity to the air; they simply clean the air you breathe. 

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Breathe better, feel better

As the name suggests, a humidifier adds moisture to the air to soothe the irritation caused by dry conditions. It can also reduce the spread of germs, relieve asthma and allergy symptoms and loosen congestion. In a nutshell, this device emits humidity to counteract the effects of dry air.  As well as  helping with dry skin, nose, lips and throat, humidifiers can also ease flu or cold symptoms. 

A humidifier is a perfect addition to your home. Especially during the winter months, it will help reduce overall dryness. According to the Center for Disease Control, humidifiers can also help relieve COVID-19 symptoms. Suggested humidity levels are anywhere between 30% and 50% – you can adjust the settings on your humidifier to achieve this. Don’t forget to clean your device regularly (every 4 days or so) to ensure you’re getting the maximum benefit from it.  

Experience beneficial essential oils 

The last air improvement gadget on our list is an oil diffuser. At first glance, Oil Diffusers seem to have the same role as humidifiers, but they actually have quite different functions. An oil diffuser allows you to add drops of essential oil to the water, which gives off a beautiful scent. More often than not, essential oils also offer health benefits including reduced anxiety, increased energy and feelings of overall well being. You can use different essential oils depending on the mood you want to create, or how you’re feeling. 

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Now that we’ve explained the differences between humidifiers, purifiers and oil diffusers, you can make an informed decision on which will be best for you.