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How Air Fresheners Impact the Air in Your Home

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You have been stuck in your house with the rest of your family now for about five weeks. You aren’t leaving unless you’re picking up groceries or going for a socially distanced neighborhood stroll, and as much as you don’t want to admit it, you’re probably not showering as frequently as you usually would.

All of these factors add to an unusual smell that might be developing in your house, and you’re stuck there, so naturally, you’re looking for a quick fix to eliminate it; in come air fresheners.

They’ve been used to mask unpleasant odors for decades, and that doesn’t seem to be slowing up, but they could be causing adverse effects on your health and environment.

What Makes Air Fresheners Dangerous?

How dangerous your indoor air freshener is, depends on the formula and the type of product you’re using. Most air fresheners use volatile organic compounds or VOCs to release their smells into the air. VOCs are a type of chemical that turns into a gas at room temperature. They are also believed to cause a number of health problems, especially when combined with ozone already in the air.

What Are Some Air Freshener Alternatives?

If you’re looking for a less toxic way to mask the unwanted smells forming in your home, try one of these natural alternatives instead:

  • Aromatherapy diffuser

  • Coffee

  • Dried herbal potpourri

  • Fresh herbal bouquets

  • Houseplants

  • Vinegar

Our concern about indoor air quality is at an all-time high, and the experts at DG Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help you better understand it and find solutions to all of your indoor air quality problems. Contact us today through our website or by giving us a call at (408) 669-3496. We’ll be happy to help get your easy breathing back on track!

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