House odors and their smelly implications
When you return from shopping or from work, and first enter your home, do you notice an odor? If so, you’ve probably also noticed, after you’ve been home for a while, that the odor vanishes. The fact is, the odor has not vanished. Your sense of smell has only become desensitized. But what you may not know is that such odors are a clear indication of air pollution in your home that is harmful and should be replaced with fresh air.
What causes offensive house odors? Such odors are caused by a wide variety of substances from cooking vapors to pesticides, from filth tracked in-doors on shoes to cat litter boxes to cleaning chemi-cal residues, burning candles, hair spray, pet acci-dents … the list is virtually endless.
And while all these odors blend as one, they contain a very broad range of airborne, chemical substances, which we inhale during all our indoor hours. Further, because of air currents and gravity, these same substances accumulate on upholstered furniture, on drapes, and especially on all floors in all rooms.
Have you ever been in the bedroom and smelled food cooking on the kitchen stove? The smell of food cooking is proof that airborne, cooking residues are in the bedroom. And, as central air systems circulate indoor air, it’s also proof that air duct systems are coated with the same substances.
So, what can we do about it?
1) At least once a week, open a window in every room to permit fresh air exchange, but don’t do it on a windy day.
2) Keep your furnishings clean.
Many substances emit vapors. And as these substances accumulate, more vapors are emitted into the air to be inhaled. And where’s the proof of this? One of the most common comments our customers make after cleaning is how fresh things smell. The reason? The contaminants in the carpeting that were polluting the air have been removed! The air is much healthier, and you breathe easier.