Our air duct cleaning team hears this complaint quite often from new customers:
“Every time I turn on the air conditioner in the summer, the vents stink with a nasty, musty odor. What gives?”
Here’s what gives. Unfortunately, the source of the noxious odors is probably mildew and/or mold, neither of which is good for the operating efficiency of your HVAC system or the air quality in your home. Mold and mildew, if undetected and allowed to grow, can damage your air conditioner, furnace, or related components, and lead to significant health concerns – especially for people with allergies or compromised immune systems.
Mold is a kind of fungus that contains small organisms found nearly everywhere, indoors or outdoors. They can be black, green, orange, purple, or white. Molds flourish in humidity and breed by means of minuscule, lightweight spores that journey through the air. You're exposed to it daily, but once the spores are released – especially indoors – they can be inhaled and pose health risks.
For those unaware, mildew is simply a kind of mold that can grow on any organic matter where there's sitting water or moisture.
If you're wondering why your air ducts smell, look no further than mold or mildew. And what are the sources of these nasty, microscopic organisms?
Another potential source of mold is an oversized HVAC system, one that simply overpowers your home's heating and cooling needs. In this case, bigger isn't always better. If a company willingly sold you an oversized HVAC unit, shame on them. If the system is too large, it will potentially short cycle, where it blasts your residence with cold air and then shuts down very quickly and won’t remove moisture the way it should.
Mold and mildew is the primary cause for air ducts which smell musty. Regularly cleaning ducts, wall grates, and replacing filters is a good way to avoid this problem. If you’re looking for other options, call us today with questions about indoor air quality products and other strategies to keep your ductwork smelling fresh all year.
No one likes the smell of mold or mildew wafting through your home. Whether you live alone, have a family, or entertain guests, odors like these are a warning sign to anyone so stay away until the problem’s resolved. But how do clean air ducts of musty odors?
Ultimately, the problem may be bigger than you think. It’s not unusual for a homeowner to call us and say they’ve tried every cleaning and DIY option under the sun, but their air ducts still smell musty. It’s a frustrating situation and we understand where you’re coming from. In this case, the best recommendation is to consider air duct sanitization and air duct cleaning services from Arvada specialists like ours, who are happy to do the work for you.
Steve's Air Duct Cleaning is proud to have served residential and business clients from Arvada to Boulder and throughout the greater Denver metro area for more than 40 years. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced, using truck-mounted power vacuuming systems for typical cleaning requirements, and an advanced air ram system for jobs that require even deeper cleaning. Call us today at 720-419-7792 for more information or book an appointment online.