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The Invisible Air Freshener Crisis: A Deeper Look at Indoor Air Quality

Monday, April 29, 2024

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The crisp beautiful scent of a freshly sprayed air freshener often signals 'clean' to our senses. Yet, in the quest for a fragrant home, could we be overlooking an invisible crisis?

Air Fresheners: More than Meets the Nose

There are hundreds of air fresheners on the market, from sprays, plug-ins, gels, and scented candles. You would think with this many options, odors in every corner of our homes would be handled. However, behind the pleasant fragrances lies a tale of potentially harmful chemical compounds.

The Ingredients of Concern

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Lung Association have raised red flags about certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in air fresheners. These compounds can react with the air to produce harmful secondary pollutants, including formaldehyde and ultrafine particles.

A Scented Symphony of VOCs

Key culprits include:

Phthalates: Known to disrupt hormones and potentially harm reproductive development.

Terpenes: Natural chemicals found in some essential oils that, when combined with ozone, produce formaldehyde indoors.

Benzene and formaldehyde, both are known carcinogens.

The Impact on Your Health

Our noses may be trained to the chemicals that air fresheners release, but our bodies are not.

Respiratory Repercussions

For those with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions, VOCs can trigger symptoms. Long-term exposure has also been linked to an increased risk of asthma and disease.

Looking Down the Line: Other Health Risks

The immediate effects of VOC exposure are just the tip of the iceberg. Studies suggest that chronic exposure to some air fresheners may contribute to more serious health concerns, including cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Air Fresheners and Your Home's HVAC System

Air fresheners can have a dangerous impact on the very systems meant to keep your home comfortable.

Clogging the Works

The residue from lighted air fresheners and/or candles can build up in air ducts and filters, reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system.

Alternatives to Air Fresheners

Thankfully, achieving a clean-smelling home doesn't have to come at the cost of indoor air quality.

Natural Solutions with Benefits

Opt for natural air purifiers like:

Houseplants: Certain plants can act as natural air purifiers.

Opening windows: A breath of fresh air is perhaps the best air freshener of all.

Baking soda: A safe deodorizing agent that can be sprinkled on carpets before vacuuming.

The Sweet Smell of Safety

Prioritizing indoor air quality is an investment in your and your family's health.

Simple Solutions

Simple changes can make a big difference:

Regularly cleaning and disinfecting with natural products in areas prone to odors.

Keeping a clean home to prevent the buildup of mold and mildew.

The using of natural essential oils with a diffuser for a safer alternative.

Taking the First Step

Awareness is the first step in creating a healthier, fragrance-free home environment.

It's clear that while air fresheners promise the world with wonderful scented solutions, the price might be too high. We encourage you to take a deeper whiff of the air quality in your homes and consider natural alternatives that protect your health and well-being. Products like UV and UVV lamps can be installed in your HVAC system for a natural chemical-free solution to your whole home health.

​Seek out non-toxic home scent alternatives, support initiatives that promote indoor air quality, and stay current on research in this field. After all, the health of your home's air should never be left to chance—or to chance fragrances (the "F" word described in the video).

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Hi, I'm Derek Cole

GM, Simmons One Hour Heating and Air

With a career spanning over two decades in the HVAC industry, Derek Cole has climbed his way to becoming General Manager of Simmons One Hour. His impressive journey was recognized by News magazine who awarded him Top 40 under 40 honors, as well as Entrepreneur Magazine's Franchise Player Spotlight feature. Notable networks such as CBS, FOX and NBC have also featured him discussing home comfort tips on their programs while publications like Huffington Post and Bloomberg Business highlight his success story with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® .

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