So, we had a very unfortunate incident at our house this past week. I came home from dropping my daughter at the bus stop to the blaring of smoke alarms as I opened the front door! At first, I could not comprehend what was going on. There was some smoke in the upstairs and my first thought was …”what could be on fire?” I raced through the upstairs not finding anything. I went down the stairs to the basement and found the culprit … my dryer was smoldering! I was going to open up the door to see what was going on, but the handle was already melted. Long story short, thanks to my neighbor Bill and the fire department, I still have a house! Unfortunately, what I was left with was a very smokey, smelly house. We immediately opened all of the windows and the doors upstairs but as it is still winter, I could not stay that way very long before I started to shiver. I had already been standing outside for almost 2 hours and was chilled through and through. So we had no choice but to close everything up and access the damage.
The verdict … the house smelled like we had a good fire burning in the fireplace or a pellet stove – we have neither. Fortunately what we do have are some awesome air purifiers! You may recall if you have been following our blog and newsletters that we bought 2 Austin Healthmate Plus Jr. air purifiers last year when we started the ALCAT diet for our house and a full size Healthmate Plus for the office. We immediately borrowed the large one from the office and turned all three on high. We closed up the house and let them do their work. By that evening, over 50% of the smell upstairs had dissipated. We had friends stop by that evening and they noticed a minor smokey smell, but they thought nothing of it.
It is 5 days later, and you can now walk in the upstairs and not even think twice about a smokey smell. We moved the large air purifier down to the basement today and I can already smell a difference. The real test will be when we move the air purifier into the space where the fire occurred. It is pretty intense in that small space but I really have no doubt that within a couple of days of turning the air purifier on full blast that the smell will be on its way out.
I have loved my Austin air purifiers since the day we plugged them in! My allergies were better when I was in my office or house almost immediately. However, my esteem for these beauties has now grown exponentially! Check out their newsletter which gives you some very compelling reasons to have an air purifying system in your house. I will never go without them in mine – that is for sure!
Wellspring has been a proud distributor of the Austin Air purifiers for over a year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Wellspring@WellspringHolisticCenter.com