5 Ways to Improve the Odor of Brooklyn Homes

Here’s a test for you. Walk outside of your home and take several deep breaths, blowing the air out of your nose. After about five minutes, blow out all the air, hold your breath and walk into your house. In one of the rooms closest to the center of the house, inhale deeply through your nose. What do you smell?

Even the most diligent clean freaks may smell something in their Brooklyn homes other than “clean.” For instance, if you’ve run your air conditioner for several months, you may have problems with mold, insect particles, dust, microscopic carpet particles and other air pollutants.

Once you’re done shuddering, follow these few tips to improve the scent of your inside air:

  1. Replace your Brooklyn home’s air filters on schedule. Pay attention to the manufacturer’s guidelines on the filters you use for your heating and cooling unit and replace them when instructed.
  1. Look for heavy deposits of dust or mold in your air ducts at least twice a year. If you aren’t sure whether your ducts need to be cleaned, ask your heating/cooling provider for advice. Also, the EPA website has a comprehensive informational resource on whether or not you should clean your air ducts. At the very least, vacuum the gratings when dust and dirt collect on them.
  1. Clean your window treatments regularly. They can collect dust, dirt, spores and other pollutants. Cleaning them three or four times a year will keep down the amount that collects.
  1. Keep toothbrushes and other hygiene products in your medicine cabinet. Although this has nothing to do with air quality, it has everything to do with health. As well, make sure you close the lid before flushing the toilet after use.
  1. Regularly check for mold throughout your house, signified by a wet, musty smell. If you find mold and it’s a small amount, you can clean up the mold yourself. If you can’t find it but can still smell it, you may want to have a professional inspect your home and then clean up anything they find.

There are many ways to improve the air quality of Brooklyn homes. These are just a few. If you’re serious about improving the air you breathe, I strongly recommend using the EPA website’s Indoor Air Quality section for more ways to rid your home of pollutants.

If you’re looking for a home that smells great and meets the EPA Indoor airPLUS Program and guidelines, I can help. Call me today at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected].


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