Most plug in air fresheners work by heating scented oils. A single-use plug in air freshener or refillable model can provide a convenient short-term fragrance fix. These fragrance products are suitable for scenting one or more small rooms, such as bathrooms or closets. However, if you want to spread a scent throughout your home or another space, a Whole Home Scenting fragrance diffuser is more efficient and economical.
How a Plug In Air Freshener Works
Air fresheners that plug into outlets typically feature porous polymers that act as wicks. The electricity powers a warmer that heats scented gels or oils to enhance the scent throw or spread of fragrance. Most plug in air fresheners draw approximately 4 watts of power.
Single-use plug ins are intended for disposal once the scent fades. These designs are more wasteful than models that have refillable oil tanks or are compatible with replacement scent cartridges.
Some plug in air freshener systems make it possible to adjust scent strength. One of the leading brands has a dial that you can turn to adjust the release of fragrance. These controls are not as precise as those of a smart diffuser system, though.
The Pros of Plug In Air Fresheners
Convenience and a relatively low initial purchase cost are the main reasons to use plug in air fresheners. You can use the device as long as the scent remains and you are in a location with electrical power and compatible sockets.
You can purchase a single-use electrical air freshener for a couple of dollars, and even refillable systems have a relatively low initial purchase price. If you plan to continue using them indefinitely, the costs of refill cartridges or oil can add up over months and years.
A wide variety of scents are available in this form. Many of the leading candle and fragrance brands offer plug in models for releasing scent. If you live in a studio apartment or only want to modify the odor of a small room such as a bathroom or closet, a plug in air freshener can be a budget-conscious and reasonably effective option.
The Cons of Plug In Air Fresheners
It can be difficult to control the concentration of scent released by plug in air fresheners. While some models have dials, these designs are still less precise than the controls of a digital fragrance diffuser. Most plug in air fresheners are also incapable of releasing fragrance that is as concentrated as scent from a diffuser.
The scent notes in electric air freshener scents may not be as pronounced as fragrance blends released through a diffuser. The top notes of an air freshener plug in may be identifiable, but the middle and bottom notes typically get muddled. You can experience more elements of fragrances by using a diffuser.
Another major drawback to single-use air fresheners is that these products lose scent and must be disposed of and replaced. Refillable units usually require the purchase and installation of replacement fragrance cartridges. Any system that involves transferring scented oil into the tank of the air freshener is likely to prove messy.
Plug In Air Freshener vs Fragrance Diffuser
Air fresheners that are designed to plug into outlets typically consist of a warmer and a porous wick. These systems generally use scented cartridges or have refillable oil tanks.
Several types of fragrance diffusers can be used for scenting air. Non-powered diffusers typically rely on reeds or other porous rods to carry and disperse the scent of essential oils or fragrance oils. Such diffusers cannot achieve the throw or provide the customization options that are possible with a smart diffuser.
Electric diffusers can be more efficient and spread scents further. The Whole Home Scenting diffuser system features a compact design with nano-mist technology that can operate as a standalone unit or connect to the outflow ducting of a central air and heating system to spread a fragrance throughout a home, store or workplace. This system is more effective at dispersing scent and more efficient than many other diffusers and most plug in air fresheners.
A Better Way To Spread Scents
A Whole Home Scenting diffuser is the best way to spread scent through every room in your home or any other building. You can also use these diffusers in standalone mode to scent a limited area.
The customization options for a digital diffuser system allow for complete control and increased efficiency. In addition to being able to set the strength of scent released through a diffuser used in either method, you can also time the release of scent. These diffusers draw minimal levels of power and do not release scent unless specified in the settings.
A Whole Home Scenting diffuser can be more efficient than other digital diffusers based on the concentration and timed released settings. This fragrance diffuser model uses 250-milliliter fragrance oil refills that last one to two months on average settings, while you may have to replace the cartridges in a plug in air freshener or refill the tank on a weekly, twice monthly or monthly basis. Over time, the cost of maintaining one or more plug in air fresheners is likely to exceed the price of a diffuser unit and bottles of fragrance oil.
The scent options unite synthetic fragrance compounds rated as safe by the International Fragrance Association with premium essential oils in cost-effective blends.
Decide Whether To Use a Plug In Air Freshener
The best way to determine whether air fresheners that plug in meet your odor modification needs is to consider the square footage of the area you plan to scent. If you want to spread fragrance in more than one room or rooms larger than small bathrooms or closets, a scenting diffuser will likely end up being more economical over time than plug in models.
The Whole Home Scenting diffuser system can be attached to an HVAC system to effectively scent multiple rooms or an entire house or building. With a variety of fragrances to choose from, you can make your entire space smell fresh and appealing without the complications of dealing with more than one plug in air freshener.