How To Prevent And Fix Dirty Sock Syndrome?

“Prevention is better than cure”- goes an old adage. Therefore keep mold and mildew at bay from your air conditioner. Once they make an in route into your cooler it will no be an easy task to terminate them. Therefore let’s see how you can keep your air conditioner safe form molds which are the cause of dirty sock syndrome. Molds can’t grow on concrete or metals. Being a living organism, it requires moisture for sustenance. They also need dust and other porous substances to thrive. Removing these from the air before they get into your coils is one of the key ways to prevent dirty sock syndrome. Do not let dust and moisture to trickle into HVAC. To ensure this-

• Make your ducts leak–proof. Some ducts have UV lights to terminate microbial being that get into your room with the air.

• Keep you air conditioner on 24x7. This is because, besides cooling the air, the A/c also works to remove excess humidity from the room air.

• Keep your attic well ventilated with fans as it is one of the major quarters that foster mold growth. Check your crawl space and basement regularly for musty smell of molds.

• Dust is a great substrate for mold growth. Therefore vacuum your house daily and effectively to remove dust, pollen and other organic compounds. You should also vacuum certain parts of your air conditioner at regular intervals to keep them clean.

• You can use install UV air purifier in your HVAC. These use photo catalytic oxidation to kill germs. Photo catalytic oxidation (PCO) is carried out by using UV light rays and TiO2 (Titanium Oxide) coated filter. This oxidation process generates hydroxide radicals and super-oxide ions that are highly reactive electrons. This process can destroy volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), bacteria, mold and fungus. The air passes through photon light and a catalyst, made of specific Nano-sized mineral compounds. This exposure releases three specific free radicals which terminates the bio aerosols. They are - hydrogen peroxide, hydroxide radicals, and hydroxides attach themselves to specific organisms and kill them.

• Another mechanism used by UV air purifier is Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI). It is a very popular method of killing airborne germs and bacteria. It can reduce almost 50% of aerial microorganism in 45 minutes. The device that uses this process emits UV rays of short-wavelength. The ultraviolet (UV-C) destroy the nucleic acids and disrupt DNA. This disables these organisms to perform vital cellular functions.

• Buy good-quality pleated air filter to prevent microscopic dust particulates from getting into the air handler and ducts.

How to clean you evaporator coils in case of dirty socks syndrome?

• Begin by turning off your HVAC at the thermostat and from the circuit breaker.

• Now prepare the cleaning solution by taking one part bleach and three parts water in a tumbler. Keep a scrub brush handy. If the stench is really strong, buy a pouch of VindEx. This is a chemically designed solution to kill the bacteria and mold known to cause dirty sock syndrome.

• Put on a safety goggle, gloves and change your clothes before starting the cleaning operation.

• Locate the evaporator coil inside your HVAC unit. A panel of the air conditioner would need to be opened to locate it. The location of the coil may vary a bit from model to model.

• If the coil is caked in dirt, use your vacuum cleaner to remove the debris first.

• Rub the coil thoroughly with the scrub. Move the scrub in the same direction as your coils. Also clean the surrounding area by rendering multiple passes with scrub.

• Let the coil and the surrounding area dry. Use dry towels or paper towels to dry it.



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