3 Options To Clean And Deodorize Your Home's Air With Your Furnace

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Living in your home can make your home smell bad because of such things as food smells, pets, and dirty laundry that are present in your home. But, because your home is meant to be lived in, you need to find manageable options to keep your home smelling fresh and clean, especially when it is closed up through the winter. If you have a home furnace system, you can use this to help clean and deodorize your home's stale air during the winter. Here are three ways you can use your furnace, along with other common household items, to help make your home's interior smell better.

Scented Oils 

Each time your furnace turns on, it pulls cool air in through an air filter, heats it, and send it throughout your home through the duct work and vents. When the air inside your home has become stale and smelly from everyday living, you can freshen the air while your furnace filters it.

To freshen your home's air as it gets sucked through your furnace filter, you will need a spray bottle, water, rubbing alcohol, and your choice of scented oil. Mix inside the spray bottle one cup of rubbing alcohol and one and one-half cups of water with four ounces of scented oil. Pull your furnace filter out of the furnace and spray the mixture over the filter. Replace the filter into your furnace and the scent will be dispersed through your home as the furnace runs. Repeat this process every few days to rejuvenate the scent.

Crock Pot 

Besides scenting your home's air with oils, you can help to pull stinky smells from the air in your home with a crock pot. Then, your furnace will work to cycle air through your home, and you can deodorize the air starting with the stinkiest rooms of your house. 

Fill any size of crock pot halfway with water, add a couple tablespoons of baking soda and turn on the crock pot, leaving the lid off. Place the crock pot in any room of your house and it will get rid of stinky odors from that room. Then, as your furnace pulls air from your home's cold air return, it will mix and recycle air in the rest of your home, minimizing odors in your entire home.

Vinegar

Often, the reason your home has a particular smell that won't go away is because the smell is coming from your carpeting. Carpets can absorb bodily fluids and pet stains, smells from cooking food, and other odors in your home, making your entire home smell bad. If you don't clean your carpets, the odors will continue to be released into your home's air. 

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and spray it thoroughly over your carpet's dirty areas, pet stains, or high-traffic areas. Let the vinegar sit for 15 minutes, then blot it up with a towel. As the vinegar dries, the vinegar smell will dissipate and the bad odors in your carpeting will be gone as well. 

You can deodorize your carpeting with vinegar to get rid of the smell, especially in the winter when your home is closed up. As your furnace cycles, the air that is pumped through your home's vents does not smell like stinky carpet. 

Vinegar is a great deodorizer for your carpets because the acid in vinegar kills any bacteria in your carpet that can add to your home's odors. The acid crosses the cell membrane of bacteria and prompts a release of protons, which causes the cell to die.

Use these three tips to help keep your home deodorized and smelling clean. However, for these tips to work, your heater must be working effectively. If your heater isn't working as efficiently as it used to, then contact an HVAC contractor from a company like Enright and Sons.

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1 June 2015

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