How to Prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome

It may be November, but Florida is still hot. Recording-breaking hot in fact. But while we may still be dealing with scorching temperatures, at some point we’ll trade in our sandals for sneakers and use the ‘heat’ setting on our HVAC systems (if only for just a day or two). With that in mind, now is the best time to ensure your HVAC system isn’t going to be affected by dirty sock syndrome when the time comes to turn on the heat.

Dirty sock syndrome is a problem that no homeowner wants to have, but it’s unfortunately common. With this issue, a foul odor is emitted from the HVAC unit, causing the scent to circulate throughout the home when the HVAC unit is turned on. Learning more about the cause of this issue can help you to prevent it from happening in your home and can keep your home smelling great.

What Causes Dirty Sock Syndrome?

Dirty sock syndrome is most commonly caused by particles like mold and bacteria accumulating on the evaporator coil within your HVAC system. During the summer, it’s not uncommon for the evaporator coils within your HVAC system to develop ice and condensation. While this isn’t necessarily an issue, it can promote mold and bacteria growth. So, when the time comes for you to turn the heat on, these coils can begin to defrost, releasing a dirty sock-like scent as a result.

How to Prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome

The best way to prevent this odor from developing in your home is to have the evaporator coil cleaned on a regular basis. Typically, the evaporator coil is cleaned with annual maintenance service on your HVAC unit. However, some homeowners do not schedule annual maintenance service as recommended, and these individuals may be more likely to deal with dirty sock syndrome in their homes.

What To Do If You Have Dirty Sock Syndrome

Preventing dirty sock syndrome is relatively easy to do with regular system maintenance, but you may be wondering what you can do if you already have this issue. Cleaning the coils is the perfect way to eliminate this issue. You simply have to schedule maintenance service with a technician to remedy the situation.

Call Weather Engineers

Whether you have dirty sock syndrome or another issue with your HVAC system, Weather Engineers can help. We offer a variety of products and services designed to keep you comfortable without breaking the bank. Give us a call today to learn more about our convenient maintenance plans and prevent dirty sock syndrome from plaguing your home this winter.

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