There are many factors to consider when selecting an air freshener for your space including, size of the room or space, air flow, level of odor to neutralize or cover, fragrance sensitivities, etc. There are two main types of air fresheners, active and passive; below you will see each of these types of air fresheners broken down to help you select the right option for you.
For fragrance sensitivities, we offer fragrance free air freshener refills for our Pump and TCell dispensers which neutralize odor without fragrance.
Active air freshener dispensers use mechanical or gas propellant to deliver scent. There are several different types of active air fresheners.
Aerosol air fresheners use a propellant and fragrance, packed under pressure in a sealed container. When the valve is opened, fragrance is forced through the spray nozzle creating a mist containing the fragrance. The fragrance mist will stay in the air for about 12 minutes and will circulate with air flow. Works well in areas such as restrooms with poor air flow, but equally well in larger, open areas with good air flow. Aerosol dispensers are not ideal for tiny, single restrooms as mist could fall onto the occupant, if not given the space to disperse.
Passive dispensers do not require batteries, fans or propellants, and use natural air flow to deliver fragrance. Air Delights offers several variations of passive air fresheners.
The TCell is a passive air freshener that utilized a unique fluid deliver system to deliver a precise dose of fragrance and odor neutralizer without the use of a propellant. The TCell uses a solution release fuel cell which works by mixing hydrogen with the fragrance solution and then releases tiny molecules of the hydrogen and fragrance mixture. The TCell works continuously releasing fragrance for 60 days. The TCell works best in a room with good air flow as well in small spaces. However, if air flow is an issue TCell does have a fan dispenser which can help circulate the air flow to better spread the scent.
Solid air fresheners are, as the name implies, a solid material (typically rubber or silicone) which has been infused with fragrance oils, which means there is no messy gels or liquids. The molecules of fragrance dispensed from solid air fresheners tend to be lighter than those of aerosol and spray fresheners, which allows them to stay in the air longer, however solid air fresheners do not have any propellants and rely heavily on air flow and tend to not have the same coverage as active air fresheners. Solid air fresheners work best in small spaces or areas with good air flow. If Air Flow is a problem there are fan dispensers that can be used to help circulate the air for better spread of fragrance.