When you are expecting company, you likely spend time tidying up and putting things away. You may even light a candle or spray some air freshener. While they smell nice, these products actually worsen the air quality in your home. But having a good smelling home is a great way to welcome guests and make them feel comfortable. You also deserve to have a great smelling home to enjoy every day! There is a way to make your home smell great without affecting your air quality. All you need is a new air filter and some essential oils!
Changing Your AC Filter
We’ve talked about the importance of getting an AC tune up from trusted professionals like those at Complete Heating and Air, as well as of regularly changing your air filter. Not only will these services allow your HVAC system to stay efficient and effective, it will improve the air quality in your home by capturing pollen, mold spores, dust, smoke, pet dander and smog. Simply changing your air filter may make a noticeable difference in the way your home smells.
Essential Oils and Your Air Filter
Changing your air filter may mean cleaner air, but it’s not going it give it a noticeably pleasant smell like a candle would. This is when those essential oils come in handy! You can actually make your home smell better by adding some essential oils to your AC filter.
To do this, make sure you start with a new air filter. You don’t want to add oils to one that is already dirty and clogged. Next, choose the scent you’d like to add to your air filter. Don’t be afraid to go bold here! And don’t be scared to try a combination of fragrances. Vanilla is a tried and true classic. Or, you can combine lemon and lavender, or peppermint and eucalyptus. The possibilities are endless and completely up to you.
Once you’ve decided on the new scent for your home, it’s time to put them on your filter. This step is simple; just place 15 to 20 drops directly on the air filter. You can place the drops on either side, but be sure to spread them out over the entire surface instead of concentrating each drop in one area. Do not use more than 20 drops. Then, pop your air filter back in. As the air blows through the filter and circulates through your home, so will the scent from your oils. The fresh scent should last several weeks. As it fades add a few more drops, and when the time comes to replace your air filter you can look forward to trying out a new combination of essential oils!
Swamp Coolers Too
Having a swamp cooler work to keep you comfortable this summer doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a great smelling home. Grab some cotton balls and mist with essential oils. Then, put the cotton balls on a disposable swamp cooler pad, add some cheesecloth on top, and staple the edges together. Put your scented pad in your swamp cooler and enjoy a better smelling home with improved air quality.