Our last week’s blog was about Dirty Sock Syndrome; what it is, how to know if you have it, and if it’s dangerous. To read more on this topic, you can check out the blog article here. This week we are concluding our Dirty Sock Syndrome with information on how to treat and prevent falling victim to Dirty Sock Syndrome.
Preventing Dirty Sock Syndrome
The best treatment is always taking the right steps to prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome from happening to your air conditioning system in the first place. The best way to do this is with a good air filter. An air filter is the first line of defense against mold, mildew, bacteria, and other particles in the air that lead to the build-up that causes Dirty Sock Syndrome. You will also need to make sure that you change the air filter in a timely manner to ensure that the air stays properly filtered before entering your air conditioning unit. Air filters should be changed ever one to three months; the more you run your air conditioner, the more often the filters will need changing.
Another option to help in the fight against Dirty Sock Syndrome is to use a UV air purifier. These purifiers utilize UV lighting to kill bacteria and mold spores in the air. Air purifiers treat the air and lessen the burden on air filters to remove these particles from the air.
Treating Dirty Sock Syndrome
Should it be too late for prevention tactics and Dirty Sock Syndrome has already set in your home, relief is possible and only requires you to clean your evaporator coil. This in conjunction with the prevention methods will eliminate Dirty Sock Syndrome from your home and keep it from returning. To learn more about cleaning the evaporator coils check out our tutorial here.