Is Dirty Sock Syndrome Making Your Home Smell?

Is Dirty Sock Syndrome Making Your Home Smell?

Your home should be an oasis of comfort and relaxation. It’s a retreat where you can just kick back and get away from it all. But if your house suddenly starts reeking worse than a middle school boy’s locker room, you may be left running for the hill.

Why could your home suddenly smell so foul? After all, you dust, scrub and vacuum every square inch. So how could such a nauseating stench make it into your home? Many homeowners think their house is clean, but ignore

What Causes Dirty Sock Syndrome?

Dirty sock syndrome has nothing to do with your laundry, and everything to do with your air conditioner. It’s simply named that because of the foul smell of dirty socks that your AC can create.

This happens when bacteria grows inside your AC. It collects inside your HVAC coils, and generally goes unnoticed for most of the year. However, when the first cold snap hits, these coils go into defrost mode. Suddenly, the coils are cold and damp, creating a “dirty sock” smell that gets wafted throughout your home.

Ways To Fight a Smelly AC

If you’re sick of that foul odor erupting from your air vents, there is hope out there! You just need to clean out that dirty AC.

There are several ways to do this, however, your best choice to keep your AC clean and your home smelling fresh is with regular, preventative maintenance. When your AC receives maintenance, it is complete cleaned from top to bottom. This ensures that it is free and clear from any odor causing bacteria.

While a good cleaning can help with most AC smells, for some systems it’s too little too late. Once the bacteria have taken over some systems, your system may never be stink-free. When this is the case, the only option is to replace your old system. While it may be a hard decision, it could be the only other alternative to having your entire house smell like the inside of a gym bag.

Get Your Home Smelling Fresh Again

Are you sick of that gross smell coming from your AC? Then call Engineered Air today! Our experienced technicians will work hard to ensure your system smells fresh and is operating at peak performance. Call today or schedule your appointment online.