Dirty socks or sweaty gym clothes often smell really bad. In the case of the air conditioner, bacteria, mold, and mildew often have developed on the evaporator coils made of cotton.
Mold and bacteria require special conditions for growth and HVAC systems provide this ideal place: it’s dark, there’s a lot of moisture, and it’s free from oxygen.
It’s a good place for bacteria to breed. If you want to get rid of this smell, you might want to consider using a homemade HVAC coil cleaner.
The bacteria on the outer surface of the coils create a slimy breeding ground for yeast. When you wear dirty socks, the perspiration from your feet can seep into the cotton and reach the coils which may be just fine for bacteria. However, this doesn’t mean that your system is overrun with unwanted bacteria.
The moisture and heat from the area also allow the bacteria to thrive. A quick solution to the problem of dirty socks and sweaty gym clothes is to use a homemade HVAC coil cleaner made with alathene in tea tree oil.
Alathene it is an oil extract that can reduce body odor and kill harmful microorganisms, so it makes sense that it can kill off bacteria and fungi that cause dirty sock syndrome. It smells like dirty socks but doesn’t have the pungent odor of artificial fragrances that commercial preparations often use.
Instead, it has a fresh and fruit-like smell that invokes a pleasant feeling in the user. It also leaves a light residue behind that leaves the user with a fresh aroma in their home for up to three months.
A simple solution to the problem of stinky gym shoes and socks is to create an air-purification system that removes harmful bacteria and viruses from the air you breathe.
Air purifiers can be installed at the air-conditioning unit or attached to the heating unit in order to remove the pollutants from the air.
These air-purifying systems work by attaching to an intake duct and then filtering the air through a carbon filter. A carbon filter is essential because it traps impurities in the air instead of letting them escape as a smelly gas.
If an air purifier isn’t enough to solve your problem of stinky gym shoes and socks, then there are other solutions. Dehumidifiers can also help to mask unpleasant odors caused by sweat and bad hygiene. Because people sweat more when they are sick, a sick person’s body will smell worse than a healthy person.
This is why it is important to have a dehumidifier for your home in case you suffer from a severe cold.
Another possible solution to this problem is installing a ventilation system into your duct system. By doing this you can control the amount of air that goes into your home.
Air conditioning systems that are ventilating can often be used to mask unpleasant smells, although there is an argument as to whether or not these systems actually reduce the smell.
Either way, using a ventilation system is the best way to combat foul smells in the house from the air-conditioning systems as well as heating and cooling systems.
By using fans and dryers, you can often reduce the amount of foul-smelling air that flows through your ducts and vents.
The downside to this is that it can also reduce the amount of air flow through the vents that effectively cuts down on cooling and heating.
Some people have turned to UV lights as a way to combat foul smells from their homes. These UV lights have been widely considered to fight off bacteria and viruses.
While this might be true, UV lights do not actually kill all the bacteria in your home, especially if you do not change the water that is used to fill your tubs and showers on a regular basis.
If you are having issues with bad odors from your home, you should look into the possibility of using UV lights as a short-term fix for your dirty sock syndrome.
The other option available for fighting dirty sock syndrome is to use an exhaust fan in the area around your hot water heater and heating system.
Although this will clear the air in the room, it will not affect the cooling system.
If your heating and cooling system are the issue, then you should consider replacing your evaporator coil either with a newer model or changing out your tubes and condensate system.