What is that Smell? Fighting Air Conditioner Odors Part 2
So you turn on your air conditioner for the first time and notice that there is a strange smell coming out of the vents. In part one we discussed what might be causing the smells and where you should be able to find them. Once you have found them, you need to know what to do about them. Here are tips for getting rid of both the sources of the smell and what to do about making sure that they do not return.
Change Your Air Filter
While this one should go without saying, one of the best ways to prevent odors from coming out of your ducts is to change your air filter. A clean air filter makes sure that old trapped dust and debris do not get spread around your house.
It also ensures that you are pulling everything that you should be out of the air before it circulates throughout your home.
Remember, you can always change the type of air filter that you are using as well. Choosing a HEPA filter or high-efficiency filter can trap smaller particles and will help your home’s overall air quality. Another result is that it will help to prevent strange smells.
Change Your Daily Routine
A good way to improve the air quality and eliminate odors in your home is to change some of your daily habits.
Use Your Exhaust Fans
Any time that you cook or take a shower use the exhaust fans that are in your bathrooms and over the stove. In the kitchen, the exhaust fan will help to eliminate cooking smells (intentional and unintentional) that can leave smoke and grease trapped in your duct work.
In the bathroom, using the exhaust fan ensures that moist, humid shower steam gets pulled outside and does not leave moisture in your ducting for mold and mildew to grow in.
Switch your Home Cleaning Products
If your issues are related to chemical or cleaning smells, then you might want to try switching out the products that you use. Try using cleaners with no fumes or switching to natural cleaners that have citrus or other non-chemical scents.
Vacuum or Sweep More Frequently
Since the air your AC unit comes from inside the home, the more dust that is there means the more dust for your system to pick up. Vacuuming and sweeping more frequently can help to cut down on that issue.
Clean your HVAC System
Since the two major areas that can hold mold and mildew are your evaporator coils and your ductwork, you can start by cleaning there.
If your unit is outside, you can gently hose off the evaporator coils and empty out the drain on the condensation pan. Ductwork can be trickier to clean and really should be done by a professional.
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