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Recognizing & Preventing Dirty Sock Syndrome

Have you ever turned on your air conditioner and suddenly the air smelled like a dirty sock? That’s what we at MoreVent have diagnosed as Dirty Sock Syndrome. And you don’t want to be caught with it.

29776002_sDirty Sock Syndrome is typically a result of a lot of moisture being caught within the system. There are several different reasons this could be happening in your home. The coils on the inside could be dirty. Sometimes the pan that the coil sits in retains moisture for various reasons. And there’s sometimes a lot of moisture in the ductwork itself.

The best thing you can do call a professional to come out to your home and do an air-conditioning tune up. Part of the tune up needs to be a cleaning of the inside coil and a cleaning of the pan that it sits in. We also need to make sure that it’s draining properly.

In addition to that, you should have somebody check to make sure that the inside of the ductwork doesn’t have excess moisture in it. If all these things are properly done, you tend to eliminate the unpleasant smell from happening.

We also find the culprit of Dirty Sock Syndrome in the basement. Basements in our area have a high level of humidity. We recommend dehumidifiers for basements, which will run independently of the air conditioning system. If you don’t have an independent dehumidifier running, there are gaps in the ductwork, and the return side is not sealed properly, it will take air from the basement, run it through the system and then redistribute it through the rest of the home. Basically, you smell your basement throughout your house.

There’s a lot we can do to ensure that this doesn’t happen in your home, but you’ve got to give us a call at 610-444-3333 so we can get out and diagnose the problem. Our Club Membership is the best way to never forget an annual cleaning. We’ll remind you when it’s time to clean your system so that you never get Dirty Sock Syndrome again.