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How Humidity in Your Home Can Cause that Musty Smell

At first you just think you’re imagining it. Every home has a suspicious odor now and then, and your home has always been well-kept. But now each time you enter home sweet home, it’s still home–but it’s lost its “sweet” moniker. It’s definitely musty. Luckily, Schneller has some tips to banish that awful odor from your home.

The Common Culprit

If you notice an ongoing mustiness in your home, it’s probably due to excess moisture. When humidity is high, your heating and cooling unit has to work at top efficiency to control the level of moisture in your house. Sometimes older heating and cooling units, or units that were sized incorrectly from the beginning, can’t keep up with the level of moisture in the air. Even after you change the filter, the unit churns away, but still can’t combat the humidity.

Why Is Humidity a Problem?

Moisture breeds mold and mildew. Though bright light can alleviate most mold and mildew issues, ductwork of any heating and cooling system isn’t exposed to natural sunlight, and has many dark nooks and crannies in which mold and mildew can grow. Common ailments connected to mold issues include scratchy and sore throats, itchy eyes, headaches, nausea, and respiratory issues.

How Can Mold and Mildew be Controlled?

Installing air filters, particularly UV air filters, can help you reduce and prevent mold and mildew growth in the deep recesses of your ductwork. Another powerful option is installing a dehumidifier. With proper installation, a dehumidifier can work in conjunction with your heating and cooling system to remove excess moisture, and help prevent unwanted bacterial growth. This gives you cleaner, fresher, air to breathe–and prevents unwanted allergens in your home.

By adding a dehumidifier, you not only get fresher, cleaner air to breathe, but also rid your home of any musty smells from excess moisture. Then you really can call it home “sweet” home again.

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