Dealing with Litterbox Odors in Your Home

Cat owners generally appreciate the fact that they don’t have to let their pets outside to go to the bathroom. Instead, cats are more independent, utilizing a litterbox that’s located inside your home whenever they need to go. There is a downside, however. 

Litterboxes add a certain unwanted smell to your home. Despite cat litter being designed to conceal smells, it can only do so much. Even if you don’t notice the smell that a litterbox adds to your home, the people who visit probably do. 

It’s important to properly take care of your cat’s litterbox, not just for aromatic reasons, but for health reasons as well. Here’s what you can do. 

Scoop and Replace 

You should be scooping the litter daily. This simple task takes less than a minute to do but makes a major difference. Not only will it leave your home smelling better, but it will make your cat happier. 

Additionally, the entire litter tray should be emptied once or twice a week. Finally, the litterbox itself should be replaced once a year. 

Pregnant Women Should be Careful 

When handling cat litter, women should show caution. Cat waste and cat litter may contain a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis. While this is rare, the outcome is very severe. In pregnant women, toxoplasmosis can pass to the unborn baby, resulting in a miscarriage or stillbirth.  

If you are pregnant, or you’re trying to get pregnant, you should avoid the litterbox and have someone else handle it. If you have no one else who can handle it for you, wear disposable rubber gloves when doing anything with the litter box.  

Afterwards, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. 

Purify Your Air 

Even with proper cleaning techniques, you may notice the scent of cat litter in the air. Some people mix in baking soda, which can help absorb the smell a little better. However, that still might not be enough, especially if you have multiple cats. 

Though it might seem like a good idea, you should avoid using air fresheners and sprays to combat cat odors. These simply mask the scent, and they release harmful particles into your air. A more effective alternative is to use an air purifier.  

Air purifiers actively remove and neutralize air particles that cause unwanted scents. With a quality air purifier, your home won’t just smell nicer, but the air will feel lighter and fresher. At Air Duct Cleaning Company, we provide professional air purification services that keep your home’s air fresh, safe, and breathable.  

For air purification and air duct cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding communities, give us a call at 937-399-4242 or click here for a quote.

The Problem with Air Fresheners

Civilizations have been using various methods to freshen the air for thousands of years. The Egyptians would use aromatic resins and jasmine, particularly during sacrifices. Ancient Chinese cultures were fond of fragrant flowers and mandarin oranges. 

Today, many people use store-bought air fresheners such as aerosol sprays, gel substances, and scented plugins to add pleasant smells to their homes and offices. 

While this sounds good in theory, modern air fresheners aren’t as safe or effective as you might think. In fact, there are a number of concerning facts regarding air fresheners that many don’t realize. Whether it’s a spray, a plugin, or some disposable object you set on a shelf, these air fresheners rely on a number of chemicals to create their aromas. 

Often, we don’t even know what’s in them as companies aren’t required to release ingredients for air fresheners. Nevertheless, the chemicals we do know are present tend to be quite dangerous, even in smaller doses.  

Let’s take a look at the hidden problems and dangers that modern air fresheners pose.   

They’re Only Masking the Scent 

On a surface level, most air fresheners don’t actually do what they claim to; they don’t freshen the air. 

Instead, they simply mask smells with other smells. When the air freshener fades, the previously smells arise again. Often, the air freshener isn’t actually strong enough to cover the smell, leaving you with an unpleasant mixture of scents.  

Bad smells and stale air are usually a sign of something that needs to be addressed, whether it’s uncleanliness, excess moisture, rotting food, dirty air vents, or generally stale air. The better solution is to address what’s causing your home or office to smell unpleasant. 

Dangerous to Children 

Gel-based air fresheners and plugins are often placed in areas within arm’s reach of children. Their attractive scents and bright colors can lure children towards them. Younger children may then try to eat or swallow the air freshener. 

This is a serious danger. 

For one, they can easily choke on it. Beyond that, air fresheners are typically made of chemicals that are toxic to humans. They can cause illness and even death. 

Polluting the Air You Breath 

Even in low levels, air fresheners have shown to cause headaches, asthma attacks, breathing problems, and more. Most air fresheners contain carcinogens which, in addition to causing irritation to your nose and throat, are directly linked to cancer. 

While plugin air fresheners have been marketed as a safer, longer lasting alternative to spray fresheners, this is not actually the case. Plugin air fresheners contain phthalates, which have been shown to impact male hormone levels, and may even have negative effects on your kidney and liver. 

A Better Alternative  

If you’re looking to keep your home smelling clean and fresh, there are better ways to do it. Beyond general cleaning and maintenanceadding high-quality air purifiers to your home or office can make a big difference. These devices do a great job of eliminating stale odors and irritating particles from the air.  

You should also make sure to have your air duct systems inspected and cleaned. Overtime, dust and debris build up inside the ducts. This can lead to stale air, mold, and more. If you’re finding that your home or office’s air feels stale and stuffy, have your air ducts inspected. 

For air duct cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding communities, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today. Give us a call at 937-399-4242 or click here to get a quote. We also offer some great air purifier options.  

How to Keep Your Home Smelling Fresh During Quarantine

With the current outbreak, restaurants, events, schools, and more are all shut down. Meanwhile, medical professionals and health experts are strongly recommending that everyone practice social distancing. 

Ultimately, that means you’ll be spending quite a bit of time in your home for the next week or two. 

There are a number of ways you can make the best of this situation. You could read, work on a hobby, finish that home project, play games with your family, binge your favorite show, etc.  But with all of that time spent in your house, things may start feel and smell a little stale.  

Before you deep dive into your personal list of activities, it’s not a bad idea to freshen up your home. Here are a few things you can do to keep your home smelling pleasant. 

A Deep Clean 

Now is the perfect time to clean your entire home. While hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and disinfectant wipes are in short supply, paper towels and other cleaning materials should still be found on shelves. Gather the supplies you need and move through your house room by room. 

If you have family members or roommates in the house, get them involved. Play music. Have some fun with it. A good, thorough cleaning will go a long way in leaving your home smelling fresh. 

Keep the Trash Covered and Empty 

Trash is one of the primary sources of foul scents in any given home. If you’re using a garbage can that doesn’t have a lid, it’s time to make a change. Covered garbage cans do a great job of containing smells. Still, you should make sure your garbage is emptied regularly. You don’t have to wait until it’s overflowing to take out the trash. Be proactive. 

Scoop/Move/Cover the Litterbox 

Pets can provide great company during the time. If you have cats, however, litterboxes can add unwanted aromas to your home. Cat litter is designed to help contain this smell, but it can only do so much. You should be scooping your litter box daily and replacing it entirely once a week or so. 

If you still notice the smell, it might be a good idea to move it to a less prominent area. Cats are generally pretty good at finding it, wherever it is. A covered litterbox can help as well, though some cats aren’t fans of them. 

Improve Airflow 

Even if your house smells nice, it can still feel stale. This ultimately comes down to airflow or lack thereof. If it’s warm enough, crack a window or two. Having a window open on both sides really makes a difference with controlling airflow.  

Otherwise, a fan or two can help. 

Clean Your Air Ducts 

While your air ducts perform the important job of carrying heated or cooled air throughout your home, they can also contribute to dust and stuffiness when left unchecked. Overtime, dirt and debris build up in your air duct systems. Eventually, this build up can start to exit the vents, spreading excess particles throughout your home. 

To keep your home’s air clean and fresh, you’ll want to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned by a professional. For air duct cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding communities, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today!

In addition to removing dirt and debris, and we apply a sanitizer to your ductwork, killing mold, mildew, and viruses. 

Home Safety Resolutions for 2020

With a new year comes changes, big and small. People everywhere are setting out to become a better version of themselves, learn a new skill, and/or save money for something important. If you’re looking for a way to take care of yourself and protect your finances, we would recommend improving your home safety. 

Home accidents can pose a serious threat to the safety of you and your family, and they can also cost a lot of money. 

By addressing potential problems before they arise, you save yourself from a lot of pain down the road. Here are some simple ways to make your home a happier, healthier place in 2020.  

Check Your Smoke and CO Detectors 

Now is as good of a time as any to make sure you have the appropriate detectors in the appropriate places and that their batteries are charged. A working smoke alarm can be the difference between a hundred dollars in damage and a hundred thousand dollars of damage. More importantly, it could also save your life. 

The same is true for CO detectors. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas, which means you won’t know it’s there unless you have a working detector in place. 

Practice Fire Safety 

While working smoke detectors are a great first step towards fire safety, they’re not the only precaution you should take. You should create a fire escape plan for your home that everyone is familiar with. You should also keep fire extinguishers around, particularly in the kitchen.  

Also, make sure you are very careful with candles, space heaters, and other exposed heat sources. Finally, we highly recommend you don’t smoke indoors. 

Keep Your Air Clean 

Dirty air can cause allergies to flair and asthmatic symptoms to increase. Make sure to keep up with dusting in your home. You should also have your air ducts professionally inspected and cleaned every 3 to 5 years by an NADCA certified member. If you still find there to be excess dust in your home and/or the air feels heavy, consider setting up an air purifier. 

Clean Your Dryer Vents 

Dryer fires are a common cause of fires in homes. Often, it’s as simple as a dirty lint trap catching fire. You should always clean your lint filter after every load of laundry. Even then, lint builds up over time within your dryer vents.  

Not only does this cause your machine to work harder (resulting in increased utility bills and costly repairs), but it can eventually cause a fire in your home. Make sure your dryer vents have recently been inspected and cleaned. 

Test for Radon 

Radon is an odorless, tasteless gas that’s in almost all of the air around you. In normal doses, it’s completely harmless. If it’s allowed to build up, however, it can pose a serious health risk. In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. 

Every home should be tested for radon. This is a simple, highly affordable process that can literally save your life. If radon levels are too high, further action will be needed. For radon mitigation in Springfield and Dayton, Ohio, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today.

Keeping Your Home’s Air Clean

Most people live under the assumption that if the air in their home smells fine, it must be clean. While that isn’t a terrible initial indicator, it’s definitely not the final benchmark to measure by. Air can contain countless contaminants that are completely scentless.  

That’s why it’s important to be active in keeping your home’s air clean. After all, people spend an average of 90% of their day indoors, and many of those hours are spent in our own homes. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your home’s air is safe and breathable. 

Clean Your Home 

Keeping your home clean is priority #1. Left unclean, your home will build up dust, debris, germs, mold, and more. These particles can easily travel into the air, reducing its quality and causing harm. By actively cleaning your home, you can remove the sources of many air contaminants.  

The best way to ensure your house is staying clean is by keeping a schedule and routine. If you don’t already have one, trying setting up a calendar for monthly household cleaning so nothing gets missed. 

Keep Any Pets Cleaned and Groomed 

Not everyone has pets, but for those who do, they can contribute to reducing air quality through shedding and pet dander. Even if you’re not allergic to animals, these things can affect you over time. Make sure your animal is being regularly washed and brushed. 

If it’s an animal that needs to have its hair cut, keep regular appointments in doing so. 

Add Some Houseplants  

Houseplants don’t just dress up your interior. They improve the air quality by absorbing carbon and producing oxygen. That doesn’t mean you have to turn your living room into a forest. Simply add a plant or two in every room. 

You’d be surprised by the difference it can make. 

Use an Air Purifier  

Air filters actively clean out the air in your home, capturing particles through their filtration systems. However, not all air purifiers are the same. Make sure to consult a professional when looking for air purification systems. We can help with that. Feel free to give us a call at 937-399-4242 to learn more. 

Don’t Smoke Indoors

Smoking anything in your home actively pollutes the air around you. The worst culprit, of course, is cigarettes. Cigarettes are filled with dangerous chemicals that not only harm the smoker, but those breathing the air around them as well. 

The best thing to do is to not smoke at all. If you must, however, please do it outside of your home. 

Test for Radon  

Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas in the air around us. Traces of it can be found in virtually all air. While small doses are completely harmless, large amounts can be very dangerous. Radon can be found in homes across the US, and it is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. 

If you haven’t, make sure to have your home checked for radon. 

Clean Your Air Ducts 

Overtime, dust, debris, and even mold build up in your air ducts. Since they’re small, enclosed spaces, it’s hard to know what state they’re in. That’s why you should contact a professional for air-duct cleaning services. 

They can inspect your air duct system, and should it need cleaning, they have the tools to get the job done right. For air duct cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding area, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today! 

Dealing with Summertime Allergies

Summer is a season known for going on vacation, heading to the beach, or just soaking up some sun. It isn’t all fun and games, however, especially for people with allergies. While some people’s allergies stop with the passing of spring, many people find themselves stuffed and sniffling all the way to the fall. 

If that’s you, there is good news. There are proactive steps you can take to help reduce allergy symptoms so you can properly enjoy the beautiful warm weather. 

Medication (in Proper Doses) 

Medicine can make a big difference in how your body handles the different allergens floating around in the air. Different people find success with different types and brands, so you may need to try a few to see what works for you. 

Decongestants and antihistamines are the go-to for many. Nasal spray and eye drops can help with symptoms as well. Just make sure you’re reading the directions and following the recommended dosages. 

Keep an Eye Out on the Pollen Count 

It can be difficult to stay inside on a warm, sunny day, but for someone with severe allergies, it might be the best thing to do. High pollen counts can have a severe impact on how your body feels. Websites like weather.com offer detailed pollen reports, including the types of pollen floating around. 

You should pay attention to what type of pollen seems to affect you the most and act accordingly. If the pollen count is high, but you have to be outside, make sure to take some medication beforehand. 

Shower and Wash Your Clothes After Being Outside 

Allergens can stick to your body and clothing, keeping you surrounded in an invisible layer of pollen and more. Rinsing yourself off and regularly washing your clothes can make a big difference as you go throughout the day. 

Talk to a Doctor 

If your allergies are particularly bad, consider visiting a doctor. They’ll be able to help you determine what affects your allergies, while presenting options for improving your situation. Depending on the severity, they may recommend skin or blood testing to determine your specific allergies. 

Allergy shots are another option. 

Have Your Air Ducts Inspected and Cleaned 

Over time, the air ducts of your home naturally build up dust, dirt, and potentially mold. These particles then enter your home through the vents, irritating your allergies further. If you continue to suffer from your allergies despite being in the comfort of your own home, it may be time to have your air ducts cleaned. 

Removing the dirt and debris from inside your ventilation system leaves you with cleaner, safer air.  

For air duct cleaning in the Springfield, Ohio area, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today!