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Bad smells in your Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, home can prevent you and your family from feeling comfortable. They can also make your place feel less welcoming to guests, and they could even be signs of a more serious problem. Common causes of poor indoor air quality and unpleasant scents include biological growth, smoke, dirty ductwork, and a dirty air filter. You can get rid of bad smells by using natural air fresheners, adding ventilation, using an air purifier, and controlling your humidity.

Using Natural Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are perfect for getting rid of subtle odors from everyday tasks, like cooking. Unfortunately, many commercial air fresheners contain VOCs (volatile organic chemicals). Compounds like benzene and xylene evaporate at room temperature to help distribute scents. They can also lead to health problems in some cases, like headaches, fatigue, nosebleeds, dizziness, and rashes.

Instead of conventional products, use natural air fresheners that won’t reduce your indoor air quality. Essential oils like tea tree oil, cinnamon, and eucalyptus have pleasant scents, and you only need a few drops on some tissue or a cotton ball to freshen up a closet or drawer. You can also make potpourri or sachets, as well as add plants that smell great to your garden, like rosemary, honeysuckle, and roses.

Adding Ventilation

Most modern homes have lots of insulation to increase their efficiency. It can also reduce airflow between your home’s indoor and outdoor air, making removing contaminants difficult. You can get rid of bad smells by adding exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms. That way, you can get rid of things like excess smoke, cooking smells, or extra hair spray from your home’s air easily. You can increase ventilation by opening your windows on a beautiful day as well.

A heat recovery or energy recovery ventilator, also called an ERV or HRV, works like a heat pump to save energy while it removes stale air from your home. It transfers heat into your home in winter and away in summer. It can also lower the humidity in your home, letting you use your HVAC system less and extending its life.

Using an Air Purifier

An air purifier or air cleaner works like your HVAC system’s air filter. It can help you remove bad smells from particulates like smoke, dirt, and dust. Some models can even remove viruses, bacteria, and other biological matter from your home’s air. This keeps your indoor air healthy and prevents stale or musty scents. You can have a whole-home version installed in your system’s ductwork or use a smaller, more affordable model in one or two rooms at a time.

You can also use a UV air purifier to kill bacteria, viruses, and dust mites and keep them from reproducing. This technology uses a type of ultraviolet light called UVC light. It’s normally blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere, unlike less harmful UVA and UVB light, which is responsible for sunburns. Some models are installed in your air conditioner’s outdoor unit, while others fit in your ductwork. Replace the light in your UV air purifier every few years for the best results.

Controlling Your Humidity

High humidity in summer often attracts pests like cockroaches that produce droppings, which are common allergens. If your humidity is low in winter, you could have sinus problems that keep anything from smelling good.

Monitor the humidity in your home with a gauge called a hygrometer. Many thermostats have one included. Use a dehumidifier if your humidity is too high and a humidifier if you have low humidity. Along with preventing bad smells, controlling your humidity will make your home feel more comfortable, especially in areas that tend to be humid. Better humidity control allows you to save energy by using your HVAC system less.

Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning is a Trane Comfort Specialist, and we’re certified by Energy Star and the Building Performance Institute. We can help you maintain your HVAC system and improve your indoor air quality to eliminate unpleasant smells. Call us at 912-250-5771 for a great value and honest, friendly service from our experienced technicians.

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