Dirty Sock Syndrome Part 2

As we saw in Part 1, Dirty Sock Syndrome is caused by bacterial and fungal growth on the evaporator coil. In this article, we will discuss how to treat prevent the problem.

So, you have Dirty Sock Syndrome. Now What?

The good news is that there are ways you can fix dirty sock syndrome and enjoy high-quality indoor air.

Cleaning is your first remedy. You will need to do a thorough cleaning of the evaporator coils to get rid of mold and bacteria living inside as well as stop your house from smelling like an old gym bag. Use cleaning products along with gloves and wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy. Although, a DIY job is only recommended to those who have sufficient knowledge and proper tools.

Otherwise, call in a professional to do the work on your behalf. The HVAC professionals at EasyBreezy AC will first diagnose the problem and then clean the coil and drain pan. Specialists make use of non-acid or low-acid cleaners to effectively kill mold while not damaging the subtle inner workings of your AC unit. Book an appointment with a trusted air conditioning company now to treat your Dirty Sock Syndrome. Don’t forget to have regular maintenance and inspections scheduled once or twice a year to prevent further issues from happening.

You should also consider coating the drain pans and coils. The coating material should contain an antibacterial agent which prevents regrowth of mold. While the antimicrobial coating is effective, it is still imperative to keep your coils clean as possible because the buildup of organic material produces a base for mold and mildew to grow. Doing so will assure smooth performance of your air conditioning.

If any of these measures do not prove to be highly effective for you, then it is time to replace the coils and maintain them to ensure the problem won’t return. You have to take into account your unit’s age, though. If it is already fairly old (12+ years), it may just be time to get a whole new unit.

How to Treat Dirty Sock Syndrome

  1. Choose a high-quality air conditioning filter

    Bacteria, mold, and mildew need porous substances to grow. Get rid of them from the air before they get in your coils.

  2. Use a whole home air purifier

    They prove to be an excellent aid in killing mold and bacteria. Here at EasyBreezy A/C, we recommend cold plasma ionizers. They are especially ideal for people with compromised immune system, asthma, or allergy problems. A UV light is another option we can provide (though we prefer non-ozone producing IAQ products).

  3. Hire a professional to clean your coil

    While you can perform basic cleaning all alone, it is far better to team up with a professional for help. They will have special cleaners available to them that are designed to clean evaporator coils.

Prevention is Key!

Your AC unit is one of the biggest investments you can make for your home. Don’t let dirty sock syndrome give you so much stress. Early prevention is your best solution.

How to prevent Dirty Sock Syndrome?

1. Keeping up with the routine maintenance of your air conditioner is one of the best ways to prevent all sorts of problems with your AC.
2. Change your air filters regularly. If your filter tends to get dirty quickly, then there may be another problem with your system.
3. Installing a whole home indoor air quality (IAQ) product, like the Phenomenal Aire, will dramatically help reduce and prevent bacteria, fungus, and mold growth in your home.

No matter what the season is, it is always important to make sure your air conditioning unit is working efficiently and not converting into an ideal ground for dirty sock syndrome.



How-to Tips For AC Use In Florida Winter

Winter is just around the corner! You are almost ready – how about your air conditioning unit? Check out our important tips you can take so as to ensure the best performance of your unit in the next summer season!

How to prepare your AC for Winter

  1. Check And Replace The Air Filter

    When was the last time you look over the filter of your AC unit? Cleaning the filter is specifically crucial if you run the unit often. The filter’s purpose is to ensure healthy air and good airflow as well as prevent and protect air conditioning from breaking down. This will also save your energy costs. Replace the air filter at least every two months, preferably every month. We recommend changing your filter every time you get your power bill. It is an easy reminder that it has been a month.

  2. Change The Thermostat Settings

    In order to enjoy electricity savings and home comfort during winter months, consider programmable thermostats. A programmable thermostat allows you to set humidity and temperature according to the weather condition and to your schedule.

  3. Give The AC System A Thorough Cleaning

    Winter can cause debris and leaves to accumulate around or on your AC system. Debris is responsible for minimizing the flow of air and can lead to other issues. Give the exterior casings, inner coils, and other frequently used parts a rigorous cleaning before the wind gets chilling. Another important air-conditioning component you should thoroughly clean is the outdoor condenser.

  4. Don’t Forget The Ducts

    Dirt and debris, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens can get stuck in the air ducts, contributing to a dangerous living environment. You are likely putting yourself at risk for health issues (e.g., hay fever flare-ups) if you are sensitive to allergens or contaminants. Therefore, it is hard to overlook the importance of getting your air ducts clean. Cleaning your ducts can also help reduce odors in your home.

  5. Cover Your Unit

    There are two benefits associated with a covered air conditioning unit: (1) keep your system from freezing rain, winds, and animals; and (2) prevent thieves who might be looking for air conditioning units to ransack for copper wiring. Your local store will give you lots of options to choose from.

  6. Change Worn-Out Components

    If you want your unit to work smoothly and efficiently year-round, most especially in the cool months, now is the right time to replace parts that are worn-out or have outdated. Assuming the AC you own is more than five years old already, have it inspected by an HVAC professional. Any parts or damages will be detected to do replacement before a major issue arises.

  7. Maintain A Consistent Temperature

    As much as possible, avoid big temperature changes. Otherwise, you will notice a big spike in your energy bills. Consider using a ceiling fan or turning off your AC during cool nights or days. Aside from reducing the work of your air conditioning, it is also an excellent way for improving your overall comfort.

  8. Schedule A Maintenance Check Up

    Preventive maintenance is one of the great solutions to protect air conditioning units from potentially expensive repairs. Spending a little bit now on an annual maintenance checkup means saving plenty by avoiding costly repairs later. Most companies or AC service providers offer new duct systems and replacement of air conditioning and heating equipment aside from preventive maintenance, so if there is an issue, they can easily get to work.

Winter is a perfect time to get warm inside and do things you love most, such as cooking your favorite food and having movie marathon – all with the warm air coming from your HVAC unit. Take advantage of the season while it lasts!



DIY AC Solutions

Sometimes, little things can make your air conditioning unit stop working – things that aren’t worth paying an AC repair company to check for or fix. If, however, you check each of these things and they have not solved your problem, then you can call in an AC pro to take it from there!

The following are the simple and yet effective steps to follow to repair air conditioners:

  • Turn The Power Off: No, this isn’t an IT blog, but yes, this can help with your air conditioner too. If your AC is having trouble or won’t kick on, then the first thing you should do is to turn it off at the power source (not the thermostat). After switching off the power, wait a few moments for the system to complete shut down and then resume power. Sometimes a little reboot is all that is needed to get things acting normal again.
  • Fan Motor Must Be Oiled And The Condenser Cleaned: AC failure tends to have common culprits – the fan and the condenser. The fan motor should be lubricated using oil that is specified by the manufacturer. The condenser has to be cleaned with the use of a soft bristled brush to remove all dust that has accumulated. Wear-and-tear is one of the leading causes of AC issues.
  • Check To See That The Air Filters Are Clean: This is one of the most comfortable air conditioner DIY tasks but is often the cause of many problems. Since the air filters are responsible for cleaning the air before it travels through your cooling system, it should be clean. If it is a dirty filter, it will fail to caputer the dust and debris in the air that can easily clogg up your air conditioning system and cause problems. The recommended time frame is replace your air filter (or clean a reusable filter) is every three months. If you live with smokers, in a home prone to dust, have pets or a sensitivity to natural allergens, then you should change your filter every one or two months.
  • Be Sure To Check That The Thermostat Is Appropriately Working: If you have a digital thermostat, working batteries are essential since they power the unit. Most digital units will show in the panel if the batteries are low and even remind you of when to change the air filter. If the thermostat is in the unit itself, as in window units and some ductless systems, check that no obstructions or debris are affecting the sensor.
  • Condenser Coils Have To Be Cleaned, Too: The next step would be to make use of a garden hose to clean the condenser coils. Be sure that the coil guard is removed before being sprayed with water.

Maintaining and extending the life of an air conditioner is something that any homeowner can do. With regular care, your air conditioner will work well all year-round. Don’t forget to schedule routine, annual maintenance from your local AC technician. At least once a year your AC and heating system should get a once over to check on moving parts, lubrication, and overall functioning to see if parts need replacing or cleaning.



How To Stay Cool When Your AC Breaks Down

We are now in the full heat of summer, and it seems like an air conditioning break down always happens during the hottest part of summer or right before you are having out of town guests coming to visit. When your AC breaks down during the busiest time of year it can be difficult to get an available tech to come out to your house right away, and sometimes you might have to wait a few days before someone is able to come out and help. There is nothing more frustrating than having to battle the heat and humidity in a stuffy home with no AC, but luckily you don’t have to lose your cool just because your AC is broken. Here are some creative ways to help you stay cool when your AC breaks down:

  1. Reduce Heat Generated Within Your Home

    The first step to keeping your home cool with a broken AC is to reduce the amount of heat you are producing within your home. While you probably don’t realize it when your AC is working, everyday appliances us a lot of energy and produce a lot of heat when they are using this energy. Of course, you want to try to avoid cooking with heat by not using your stove or oven, but if you must cook with heat try to do so with a microwave, toaster oven, or crock pot. You should also be careful using other appliances in your home like your dryer and dishwasher, which also produce heat. Finally, minimize the use of technology and electricity in your home by using the fewest lights possible and not watching TV or playing on the computer. For the lights in your home that you must use, try using more energy efficient light bulbs as they will also produce the least amount of heat.

  2. Use Fans Wisely

    One of the most obvious things to do when your AC breaks down is to turn on all the fans in your home. But in order for this to actually help keep you cool, you need to understand how fans actually work. Fans do not do anything to keep a room cool, but they do make you feel cooler because of the effect of air moving over your body and evaporation. If you are using a ceiling fan, make sure the blades are moving counter-clockwise to push air downward off the ceiling and create a breeze. During the day increase the efficiency of the fan by placing a bowl of ice in front of the fan, the fan will pick up the cool air as the ice melts and evaporates creating a cooling mist effect as the fan oscillates air through the room. At night if it is cooler outside you can open a window and put the fan in front of the window to draw in the cool air from outside.

  3. Use Your Freezer (The Right Way)

    When we say to use your freezer the right way we definitely do not mean to leave your freezer door open to try to keep the room cool. Unfortunately, we have seen many people try to do this in a last-ditch effort of desperation to keep cool, but not only is it extremely inefficient for your freezer, it could also lead to mechanical problems with your freezer later on. What we do mean is to use your freezer creatively by freezing a couple washcloths or hand towels and maybe even your bedsheets. You can use the washcloths and hand towels to wrap around cooling points across your body (around your neck, wrists, and feet) which will help keep your body temperature down. And placing your sheets in the freezer before you go to bed will help keep your entire body nice and cool when you do get ready to lay down for the night.

  4. Take A Cold Shower

    One of the quickest ways to cool your own body temperature down is to take a nice cold shower. Taking a cold shower will help drop you body temperature immediately. Once you are done with the shower you might not want to completely dry off right away. You can put your clothes on and let them soak up the water, by wearing clothes that are slightly damp your body will be able to maintain a lower body temperature a lot more easily. Keeping your hair wet after the shower and letting it air dry is also a great way to help keep your body temperature done naturally for hours.

Now that you know how to stay cool until you can get your AC running again, contact EasyBreezy A/C today! Whether you are looking to repair a broken AC system or completely replace an old worn out system with a new one, we have the cooling solutions you need!



Why Regularly Changing Your Air Filters Is Important

You put a lot of work into maintaining your home and keeping everything running as efficiently as possible. At the center of it all is your heating and cooling system, which ensures the temperature in your home is well maintained throughout the day and night. It obviously is important to make sure your HVAC system is running efficiently, but many people do not realize how simply changing your air filters regularly can maximize the potential for your HVAC system.

Here are the top reasons we believe regularly changing your air filters is so important:

MAXIMIZE YOUR HVAC’S EFFICIENCY

In order to change and properly maintain your home’s temperature, your heating and air conditioning system must pull air in from a room, pull it over coils to either heat or cool it, and then blows the newly tempered air through ducts to the other rooms in your home. The air filter is essential to the first step of this process. The air filter’s job is to trap air-borne particles like dust and dirt that get sucked up with the air being pulled into the HVAC system and prevents those air-borne particles from blocking the blower and clogging up the coils. If the blower gets blocked or the coils get clogged on your HVAC system, then it cannot properly perform its job and could eventually damage your system and lead to costly repairs. So, keeping your air filters changed regularly can continue to ensure your entire HVAC system stays clean, clear, and running at it’s maximum efficiency.

MAINTAIN CLEANLINESS OF YOUR AIR DUCTS AND AIR QUALITY

Because your air filter serves as the first line of defense against air-borne particles and pollutants entering your HVAC system, dirt and dust can build up on your air filter quickly. If your filters are not changed regularly they are less capable of capturing and blocking these air-borne particles and pollutants from entering your HVAC system, which will dirty the air ducts and reduce the quality of air being blown back out into your home. Keeping your air filters changed regularly will ensure that both your air filters and your HVAC system stay clean and produce the highest quality air for your home.

MINIMIZE ENERGY COSTS

It should come as no surprise that your HVAC system is able to perform its job more easily when your air filters are working properly to keep it clean and running more efficiently. As air-borne particles and pollutants build up on your air filters it makes it more difficult for the air filter and your HVAC system to perform their jobs and the harder your HVAC system has to work to perform its job, the higher your energy bill costs will go. Therefore, regularly changing your air filters will ensure that both your air filter and your HVAC system stay clean and running at their maximum efficiency and will help keep your energy bill costs to a minimum.

SO, WHAT IS CONSIDERED “REGULARLY” WHEN CHANGING AIR FILTERS?

Now that we know how changing our air filters regularly can help keep our HVAC system running more efficiently and cleaner, how do we know if we are actually changing our air filters enough? How frequently is “regular”? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including the amount of people in your home, whether or not you have any pets, the number of air-borne particles and pollutants in your home’s air, and how frequently you run and use your HVAC system. You should check your air filters every month and change them every 1-3 months as needed.



Help! My AC Won’t Turn On!

There are a few ways to save yourself some money when it comes to air conditioning repair. Before calling in the pros there are actually a few simple things you can check and fix yourself. Here are a few common issues and how to troubleshoot what may be wrong with your AC unit.

My Air Conditioner Won’t Turn On! Don’t assume that your air conditioner is broken or at the end of its life, especially if it is already several years old. Check these common, but easy to fix issues that can be the cause of an AC unit not coming on:

Thermostat: This may seem silly, but we have been on several calls where the thermostat was not set on “cool” – so it didn’t kick on when the temperature was lowered at the start of the warmer months.

Circuit Breaker: If the breaker trips for any reason, it can keep your unit from turning on. Storms are major causes of breakers tripping, and Florida is not short on those! Check the breaker and make sure everything is in the on position as it should.

Filter: Filters help keep your AC running smoothly on many levels. Fully remove the filter and replace it if it is clogged up with dirt and dust. You may have only had to replace it once or twice over the winter months, but spring and summer time increase pollen and other particles in the air increasing the frequency of changes.

I’ve checked the above, but my AC still won’t turn on! Once you’ve gone though the above and tried to turn your unit on again, if it still won’t come on, these may be the issue:

Rechecked the Thermostat: Go back and take a second look at your thermostat. Make sure that the temperature it is set to is cooler than the temperature indoors. If it is, lower the setting another 4 or 5 degrees – if your air conditioner doesn’t jump on this change, one possibility may be that the thermostat needs to be recalibrated or replaced.

Clear the Condenser: The condenser is the official term for the outdoor unit. Overgrown grass and weeds can infiltrate and choke your unit up. While you are out there, make sure there is no other debris (like leaves or trash) collecting around the condenser. There should be about 2 feet around the unit and 8 feet above the unit that is clear of obstruction. Proper spacing helps with adequate airflow.

Should you find that none of the recommended troubleshooting tips work, then you can be rest assured that you have tried everything you could to and that it is time to call in a professional air condition technician.



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