What Could Be Causing It?
Bacteria, dust mites, animal dander and mold may be the cause of your home's odor problem. In addition, poor ventilation could contribute to unpleasant odors. Moisture build-up on walls and windows and stagnate air are both signs of poor ventilation. Poor ventilation could lead to mold, which could lead to musty smells in your home.
Dirty Sock Syndrome
Dirty Sock Syndrome is the foul, moldy smelling odor that comes from your air conditioner when it's first turned on. It's caused by the build up of mold and bacteria on the evaporator coil. Mold and mildew can grow due to the moisture that builds up on the coil through continued use, and it's fueled by the dust that collects in the AC unit over time from inadequate filtration.
What Can Be Done?
The best way to combat indoor odor is to find the source of the smell. Whether it's poor ventilation or mold growth on the AC coils, you need to find the source and eliminate it. One way to clean the air in your home is to install UV lights in your HVAC system, which can help kill odors and prevent the growth of mold and other contaminants. It's important to also have your HVAC system serviced twice a year. Our Lake of the Ozarks HVAC service technicians can inspect your AC unit to ensure it's clean and free of any mold build-up. Don't forget to also regularly check the filter and change as necessary. A dirty air filter can lead to major issues in your HVAC system, including mold growth on the AC coils.
Royal Heating & Air can help you have better indoor air by taking a look at your HVAC system. To schedule a service appointment with one of our Lake of the Ozark HVAC technician, call us today at 573-480-4313.