While your air conditioner should be a source of comfort for your family, it can end up doing the opposite by emitting unusual and extremely offensive smells. Fortunately, you don’t have to resort to air fresheners to cover up these smells. Here are some handy tips for eliminating odors emanating from your A/C vents.
Change Your Air Filter
Your A/C system’s filter captures odor-causing contaminants from the air supply. If you don’t replace your filter regularly, these foul-smelling particles could be recirculated back into your indoor air.
Keep your air filter fresh by replacing it regularly.
Clean Your Evaporator Coils
Dust, dirt, and other debris accumulate on your cooling system’s evaporator coils over time. Combined with the moisture and cool temperatures of the A/C components, these elements encourage the formation of mold and mildew, which bring a musty odor to your home.
Have the evaporator coils cleaned by a licensed professional at least once a year. You can also prevent mold and mildew growth by installing an ultraviolet (UV) lamp.
Have Your Ductwork Cleaned
Dirt, dust, and debris can build up in your air ducts. Add moisture to the mix and you have the perfect environment for mold to grow inside your ductwork.
Remove musty odors from your ducts by having them cleaned professionally. During the cleaning, the professional will remove all contaminants from your home’s duct network.
Install a Whole House Air Purifier
An air purifier promotes a cleaner and healthier living environment. It removes HVAC odors as well as the smells generated by activities you do daily such as cleaning and cooking. It also significantly reduces the bacteria in your indoor air.
Keep in mind that while some smells are simply unpleasant, others are potentially dangerous. By eliminating odors coming from your air conditioning system, you’ll help protect your family’s health in addition to improving their comfort. If you need any HVAC or plumbing services in the San Antonio area, contact us at Beyer Boys and we’ll be happy to help.
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