If you’ve ever found your home smelling like a locker room but can’t quite figure out where the stench is coming from, it may be time to check your HVAC unit. Dirty Sock Syndrome is a common complaint with homeowners who use heating and cooling systems all year round, but it’s quite easy to fix and prevent.
The problem of nasty-smelling air coming from your HVAC system stems from the growth of mold and bacteria within the unit. Typically, these unwanted organisms live within the indoor coils of your air conditioning system, where they thrive on the moist environment and grow unnoticed till the foul smell draws your attention.
The indoor coils and heat pump of an HVAC system are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria and fungi, especially when you switch to using them for heating instead of cooling. As the unit begins to defrost and the ice buildup evaporates, the increased heat and humidity allows trapped odors to escape and the fan motors push them out to fill your home.
The problem isn’t brand-specific, and may be caused by the activity in the home and the products you use in it. Fortunately, with regular HVAC maintenance and a few simple changes to how you use it, your home can be free of the locker room smell!
Here are a few simple ways to correct an existing issue with Dirty Sock Syndrome, as well as prevent it from coming back to plague you:
You don’t have to put up with Dirty Sock Syndrome, since professional HVAC maintenance can keep your home healthy and odor-free, all of the time. The licensed and experienced technicians at Service Champions can help you with HVAC, maintenance and cleaning.
You can bid goodbye to those nasty smells with regular service maintenance, so get in touch with us for an appointment today!
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