Is Dirty Sock Syndrome Dangerous?

Is Dirty Sock Syndrome Dangerous?

Does your air conditioning system leave your home smelling like a locker room whenever it’s running? Then you may have something known as dirty sock syndrome.

Dirty sock syndrome is when your air conditioning system emits a foul odor reminiscent of, well…dirty socks. The odor is caused by the buildup of bacteria on the evaporator coil within your air conditioning system. While many homeowners live with dirty sock syndrome, few have little to no knowledge about the potential dangers that the HVAC issue can present. But because bacteria cause dirty sock syndrome, it’s important to understand the potential dangers in order to protect yourself and your loved ones.

The Dangers of Dirty Sock Syndrome

Is dirty sock syndrome really all that dangerous? Long story short: it depends. Typically, dirty sock syndrome is completely harmless since the bacteria that cause the odor is generally not a threat to humans. However, dirty sock syndrome can become dangerous if mold is introduced into your air conditioning system and begins to grow. The Centers for Disease Control states that most molds are only mildly toxic to humans, and that dirty sock syndrome may cause coughing and sneezing, although this is still not desirable. Unfortunately, those who suffer from asthma, severe allergies, or a have a compromised immune system, may be more susceptible to mold and its side effects. Ultimately, because mold can present a serious health risk to you and your loved ones, dirty sock syndrome should be handled appropriately by a professional.

How to Prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome

Fortunately, preventing dirty sock syndrome is relatively easy. For starters, make sure you always choose a high-quality air filter as this will help fight against mold, mildew, and any other bacteria. Another easy way to prevent bacteria and mold growth is with the use of a UV light. UV lighting has been used in hospitals and restaurants for decades because of how quickly it kills bacteria, mold and spores.

Call Engineered Air to Get Rid of That Dirty Sock Smell

At Climate Design, we want your home to not only be cool and comfortable, but safe too. We understand how important the health of you and your loved one is, which is why we provide quality services to rid your air conditioning system of bacteria, mold and spores that contribute to dirty sock syndrome. Give us a call today and one of our trained professionals will diagnose and assess any issue within your HVAC system.

 

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