November 13, 2015 Energy Air Share this post Most people falsely assume that the air in their home is safer than the air outdoors. In fact, only nine percent of Americans consider indoor air quality a health concern and 70 percent aren’t concerned about it at all! On the contrary, the air inside of the average home is significantly more polluted than the air outdoors, thanks in part to various pollutants and even the air fresheners, candles and incense we love so much. Fortunately, you don’t have to forgo your favorite home scents to improve your indoor air quality. These five tips will help make your home smell wonderful while improving the quality of the air too. 1. Diffuse Essential Oils Traditional candles typically contain not-so-safe ingredients like phthalates. When these chemicals are released into the air, your home’s air quality can plummet. Instead of burning candles to make your home smell great, invest in a diffuser and essential oils. Diffusers come in many different shapes and styles, so they can fit into any decor or space. They are also easy to use, and only require water and a few drops of the essential oils of your choice. 2. Clean Your Garbage Disposal Does your kitchen have lingering odors? It could be caused by food and bacteria stuck inside of your garbage disposal. Cleaning your garbage disposal every couple of months can help combat odor and leave your kitchen smelling great. Instead of using chemical-laden cleaners, you can naturally clean the appliance by using lemon peels or orange rinds. Throw them in and turn on the disposal for instant freshness. 3. Buy All-Natural Scented Air Filters Many people these days opt for scented air filters for their HVAC units. These come in a variety of subtle scents that can add just the right amount of freshness to every room. Just make sure you opt for all-natural brands that won’t add unnecessary pollutants to the air in your home. An even better option is to make your own DIY scented air filters. 4. Buy a Houseplant Plants are natural air purifiers. In rooms where odors tend to congregate, add a few potted ferns, palm trees, or lilies to help filter them out. Not only will you be keeping the room fresh, but you will also add touches of color and natural beauty to the space. 5. Deodorize Your Carpet Carpets are some of the worst items in your home when it comes to retaining odors. The best way to freshen up your home is to deodorize all of your carpets. This is especially important if you have pets. You can purchase commercial products for this, or you can make your own with baking soda, borax, and your favorite essential oils. Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality With Energy Air A functioning and reliable HVAC unit is vital if you want a comfortable, great-smelling home. At Energy Air, we’re known for our dedication to providing the best air conditioning services in all of Central Florida. If you’re in need of any HVAC products and services, give us a call today to learn about our offerings, or schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.