Have you noticed an odd smell coming out of your home’s air vents? Or maybe there’s just a lingering, musty odor inside your house that you can’t seem to get rid of? The problem may be coming from your duct system, and that’s especially true if you notice the odor is more pronounced when your HVAC system turns on.

Luckily, there are several things you can do to eliminate the funky odor inside your house. To help you out, our indoor air quality team at Dust Doctors shares a few effective household odor-busting tactics below. 

Schedule Professional Duct Cleaning

Like every other area of your home, your ductwork accumulates dust and other debris. And without routine cleaning, those air ducts can grow mildew, mold, and bacteria that can make your home smell terrible when your HVAC system kicks on.

Over time, those odors will start to linger in the air, regardless of whether your heating or air conditioning is on. And unless you remove the source of those odors, the stench will continue to stick around your house. That’s where duct cleaning comes in.

Professional duct cleaning effectively removes all traces of dust, debris, mold, mildew, and any other nasties that have accumulated in your ductwork. A legitimate duct cleaning company will use a variety of industrial-grade blowers and agitation tools to lift the buildup from the walls of your air ducts, along with high-powered, truck-mounted vacuums to pull the buildup out of the duct system and out of your home completely.

If your ductwork has never been cleaned, it’s a good idea to opt for deep duct cleaning for your first appointment. Then, once all the buildup has been removed from within the system, you’ll want to schedule maintenance duct cleaning appointments approximately every two years.

Air Conditioner and Furnace Cleaning

A dirty evaporator coil, clogged drain line, or backed-up condensate line can contribute to musty and moldy indoor odors. That’s because, like your ductwork, these components can grow mold and mildew over time when you don’t keep them clean.

If you don’t do a/c cleaning and furnace cleaning regularly, now is the time to start. Keeping all of your HVAC components clean will not only help keep the air inside your home fresh and clean, but it will also help improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

Implement an Air Purification System

If your indoor air quality is poor, that can also contribute to odor accumulation inside your home. So how do you know if your indoor air isn’t clean? You’ll need to schedule indoor air quality testing with a pro.

But here’s something you may not know: The air inside most houses (and buildings in general) is dirtier than the air outdoors. So to be on the safe side, it’s never a bad idea to implement either standalone air purifiers or a whole-house air purification system. If you want to clean up your indoor air and eliminate lingering odor-causing particles, using HEPA air filtration devices is one of the most effective ways to do that.  

Dust Doctors Provides High-Quality Duct Cleaning for Twin Cities Homes

If you’ve been dealing with musty, moldy, or otherwise funky odors in your home, and you think your air ducts may be to blame, get in touch with our team at Dust Doctors! Our duct cleaning experts have well over a decade of experience and will ensure your air ducts are completely free of debris.

To schedule service or learn more about what we can do for you, call our Little Canada, MN office today at 651-319-9777 or request a quote online, and we’ll be in touch!

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