A Sweet-Smelling Home Can Be Yours
Central Heating System Ducts and Odors
You turned on your central heating system and now your house smells like my brother’s old sweat-socks and you don’t know what to do about it.
First, make sure that under-floor ducting is not touching the ground and that it is well insulated. Ground water and water vapors are the primary ingredients needed to create a banquet for mildew and other fungi.
Next, remove the furnace filters and turn the fan on. Make sure the burners aren’t on, just the fan.
Next, fill a spray bottle with good old-fashioned household bleach – add a little cologne or a fragrance to the liquid, if you like, and spray the concoction into the furnace into the chamber previously covered by the filter.
The fan will force the sweet-smelling disinfectant solution throughout the ducting, kill mildew, fungi and bacteria; and leave your home as fresh and sweet as a new pair of socks. If the result isn’t as hoped contact a heating contractor and have your ducts professionally cleaned.