Dirty Sock Syndrome | Part 2 - Alvarez Plumbing & AC

Dirty Sock Syndrome Pt 2

This week we are concluding our dirty sock syndrome coverage with information on how to treat and prevent falling victim to it by managing the indoor air quality of your home.

Preventing This 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 it. 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 every 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 this syndrome from your home and keep it from returning.

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