Is Dirty Sock Syndrome Making Your Home Smell?

Have you noticed a dirty, musty smell in your home? If so, don’t be quick to blame that pile of dirty clothes in your teen’s messy room. That foul smell could be caused by an unlikely culprit: your HVAC system.

“Dirty sock syndrome” occurs when there is an overgrowth of bacteria within your air conditioning system that results in the system omitting a less-than-pleasant odor. Think your home may be affected by this? Learn more about dirty sock syndrome below.

The best way to prevent dirty sock syndrome is to have your AC routinely maintained. Sign up for our WE Club Clean & Tune Program and one our technicians will thoroughly clean and inspect your system regularly. Call us at(321) 727-2542 or contact us for more information.

Causes Of Dirty Sock Syndrome

Dirty sock syndrome is caused by the growth of bacteria inside the coils within your HVAC system. Since the oils are damp and cool, this creates the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. As the bacteria grows and air is pushed throughout your system, the odor is carried and dispersed throughout your home. Because bacteria can be dangerous, if your home is being affected by dirty sock syndrome, it is important that you contact an HVAC professional right away.

What Can You Do To Get Rid Of Dirty Sock Syndrome?

Dirty sock syndrome can be extremely frustrating to deal with. However, it is usually easy to get rid of. Because dirty sock syndrome is caused by bacteria buildup on the indoor evaporator coils, cleaning the coils typically gets rid of this problem. This is a job that it is best left to a HVAC professional.

Preventing Dirty Sock Syndrome

The best thing that you can do to prevent dirty sock syndrome is to have your HVAC system serviced on a regular basis. Preventing something from happening in the first place is a lot easier than trying to fix it later on. Even if dirty sock syndrome has already occurred, a thorough cleaning of your HVAC system can prevent it from occurring again.

Call Weather Engineers for HVAC Maintenance

Not only can HVAC maintenance prevent dirty sock syndrome, but it can also prevent many other HVAC problems from occurring. If you’d like to schedule a maintenance appointment for your air conditioning system, contact the professionals at Weather Engineers today.

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