7 Ways To Use Your Air Conditioner To Get (And Keep!) Your Home Smelling Great

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Have you ever walked into someone's house that smelled simply amazing? You can have that experience in your own home, and it's easier than you think. You don't have to spray air fresheners every 15 minutes, and you don't have to get rid of your pets. All you need are a few tips and tricks and your trusty air conditioner to get and keep your home smelling fresh. Here are some easy tips to get you started.

1. Change or wash your air filter.

If you smoke or have pets, those unpleasant odors can linger in the air and even get trapped in your air filter and recirculated into your home. Ick! Frequently changing or washing the air filter prevents recirculation of bad odors, keeping your home fresher.

2. Put a few drops of your favorite essential oils on your air conditioner filter.

A little dab will do—essential oils pack a powerful fragrance! It's an affordable way to change your scents throughout the holidays and seasons without paying loads of cash for expensive candles. If you're worried about putting the oils directly on the filter, put a few drops near the vents instead.

3. Open your windows with the air conditioner running.

If your home has a stuffy or musty smell, the air conditioner will help move old air out and pull fresh air in. Turn on your ceiling fans if you have them to increase airflow and clear out bad smells faster.

4. Run your air conditioner when the air in your home is too humid.

Air conditioners function as weak dehumidifiers because they draw moisture from the air when it passes over the cooling coils, expelling the moisture outside. It won't work as well as a dehumidifier, but it can bring down the moisture content in the air to prevent that muggy, sticky feeling on hot, moist days.

5. Place a fabric softener sheet on your air conditioner filter.

This disperses a pleasant scent in your home whenever the air conditioner is running. Keep in mind that if you use this method, you'll need to check and clean your filters more often. You'll also need to change the fabric softener sheet every week or two to maintain freshness.

6. Light incense or scented candles and put them in front and a little below the air conditioner.

Don't put them in the direct path of the air, because that may produce a fragrance that's too strong. Blowing flames also pose a fire hazard around drapes and furniture, so make sure the area in front of your air conditioner is clear.

7. Use a scented air filter.

Wherever you purchase your air conditioner filters, you may have noticed that the store has some scented options as well. The tricky part is finding a scent you like. Scented filters fill the air with fragrance rather quickly, and it will be in every room if you have central air. So, if you don't like it, you'll be stuck with the lingering scent for a day or two, even if you turn your air conditioner off. That's why many prefer to create their own scented filters using essential oils or fabric softener sheets, as mentioned above.

Keep in mind that your nose tends to ignore background smells. So, if you think your home has lost that fresh scent, go out for a while and then come back. You'll likely find that it smells fresh as ever. And if it doesn't, try a new essential oil, fabric sheet, incense etc. or ask an air conditioning contractor for tips to give your olfactory glands a workout. Changing scents every week or two should keep your nose alert and happy.

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