Is there anything worse than that moment when you actually realize just how stale the air is in your house? Many of us look forward to the moment as spring rears its seasonal head that we can turn off the furnace. But you know what? Turning off the furnace means turning off air circulation. Air circulation is beneficial for a variety of reasons, chief of which is your health.
Aside from simply making the air you breathe more pleasant, properly circulating air helps remove germs and other impurities and helps prevent mold growth. Modern building techniques and improvements have actually made this quite a technical challenge for home builders. While a 100-year-old wood-sided home is drafty and cold in the winter, you don’t have to worry about air flow.
Newer homes are tightly sealed, so very clever designs and high-tech devices have to be used to keep things fresh and clean. When that furnace goes off for the year, ceiling fans can pick up the air-moving slack. If you don’t have any, you can use your furnace’s fan to circulate unheated air as well.
But, just because your air is fresh doesn’t mean it smells great. That’s where this handy tip comes in. A little vanilla extract can make your whole house smell like you’ve been baking up a storm. But you don’t have to stop there. Lavender oil can make your home smell like a gorgeous French field somewhere. Pine can really liven up the Christmas spirit. The possibilities are endless and the best part is, unlike commercial products, you can be sure of exactly what’s in the scents you’re breathing.
You can use any scent you like for this little trick.
Vanilla’s absolutely our favorite for this one, though. It’s a clean scent but also comforting.