A vaporizer and humidifier can both be used in the home for relaxation purposes. They both produce vapor and both also make use of heat to help the body relax.
Vaporizers may be more popular in the Western world, but they have been used throughout history for making the water vapor. The vaporizer is a device used to boil water or steam, vapourise the vapour, and exhale the exhaled vapor. There are many variations on this theme including the convection vaporizer, which does not need a heat source.
Some models may look similar to the other while the function will be different. A humidifier on the other hand can be used to condense moisture in the air. Humidifiers cool the air and create the needed humidity for the body to function normally.
The two can be used in the same room and be used as a stand alone device. It is not as common in the Western world to use them side by side in the same room because a humidifier can cost several hundred dollars and there is less money available for home improvements and remodelling.
The vaporizer vaporizes the water or steam that it produces. The vaporizer will have a heating element that will heat the water up to the temperature the person wants it to be. This is done with the steam or water being vented out the top.
The vaporizer will have an evaporator unit that creates the steam and then the steam evaporates and re-circulates through the whole vaporizer. This is what makes the vaporizer use the terms vaporizer and humidifier.
A humidifier on the other hand will produce moisture in the air using warm water and a heating element. A warm mist of water will be made using one of these types of humidifiers.
The water is heated by the water evaporating through the coil located inside the humidifier. The water will move around the coil and produce a mist of moisture.
Both the vaporizer and the humidifier can be purchased separately. If the person already has a system that works well then it is not necessary to buy a new humidifier or vaporizer.
In the past it was often only the wife or husband who used a humidifier. Today this type of humidifier is used in the home by a couple of people.
The vaporizer is usually used in the home with the family, while the humidifier is used by the person using it. There are no hard and fast rules on how to use either of these devices.