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Welcome back to day 18 of our HOME SWEET HOME – 30 Days to Love Your Home series!
Today we're talking about indoor air quality, home fragrances and how those are related to your health. Plus how healthy fragrances can help you love your home even more!
Indoor Air Quality
The air we breathe is obviously important. And for those of that work from home or just happen to spend a lot of time in our homes, our home's indoor air quality is very important!
“We spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors; our home should be our sanctuary. Yet too often, homeowners overlook the warning signs of poor indoor air quality, attributing it instead to everything from asthma to the common cold,” said Michelle Gross, Senior Global Director of Channel Marketing, Services, and Digital, Broan.
The factors that negatively impact indoor air quality are not well known, and most homeowners do not associate allergy symptoms, lingering food odors or foggy bathroom mirrors with unhealthy indoor air. Less than half of homeowners know that the lack of a bathroom fan and range hood has a negative impact on indoor air quality. They also don’t realize that other contributors to poor indoor air quality include using a fireplace, running central heating and cooling systems, cooking often or lighting a candle.
Head here to learn more about indoor air quality.
So how do we fix this issue? How do we make sure we have a healthy home with great indoor air quality?
“Bath fans and range hoods are the easiest ways to drastically improve indoor air quality,” said home improvement expert and Broan partner, Danny Lipford. “The key is to use them every time you shower or cook, leave them on for 10 minutes after you’ve finished, and replace them every 10 years.”
That's exactly why we replaced one of our bathroom fans and the kitchen range hood earlier this year. And we've removed and cleaned the other bathroom fans to make sure they're functioning well too. Our bathroom fans get run during every shower and bath. The kitchen range hood gets turned on each time we cook.
Of course, when weather permits it, the windows are opened often too for air circulation.
But what about making your home smell good?
Good Scents = Great Memories
Fragrance can both negatively and positively affect your psychological state. The slightest hint of an aroma can trigger memories that you'd long forgotten. A specific scent can trigger a vast array of emotions and feelings.
The smell of fresh bread baking makes you think of your grandmother and her softly wrinkled hands.
A whif of a certain cologne causes you to reminisce about your first date.
The scent of cinnamon pine cones brings back warm feelings of the Holidays.
Since we as humans react so strongly to scents and smells, doesn't it makes sense that we deliberately choose to create good feelings and memories in our homes using scents?
BUT, given the above info on indoor air quality, making your home smell good shouldn't come at the cost of your home's indoor air quality or your health!
So how do you make your home smell lovely, without adding chemicals and such to your home's air?
How to Make Your Home Smell Good Without Chemicals
Here are a few healthy home scent ideas:
- Switch out your chemical-filled cleaners to more natural versions that smell even yummier. Cleaning with essential oils and natural cleansers will become a bit of an aromatherapy session for you and your home!
- Stop burning petroleum wax based candles and switch to soy candles. I know, those candles smell so good with their scents wafting out of the stores, particularly around the Holidays. But they aren't good for you. You can find soy versions at many boutique and online shops. One of my daughters and I even started getting headaches this past year when I burned scented candles, soy or not. So, I stopped with scented candles (for now at least).
- Better yet, use essential oils in a diffuser and forget candles altogether. Your lungs (any maybe your head) will thank you! For some of my favorite essential oil scent combinations, see this post.
So, make sure you keep your indoor air clean with fans and vents, skip the chemicals and use natural scents instead…and you will love your home even more!
I tend to love my home a little bit more when it smells good. When the air is clean and fresh. When I can smell yummy, natural scents. What about you?