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How to Stop Smells from Coming Through Vents?

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Brandon Kirk

Brandon Kirk is the owner of Planet Duct-Air Duct Cleaning. As a NADCA Certified Air-Duct Cleaning Specialist, he has extensive experience servicing air ducts in El Paso County and the Southern CO region since 2019.

One of the most disruptive factors to any space is a musty or unpleasant smell. It can cause headaches, distraction, and general discomfort. Typically, most smells arise from the usual suspects like trash or soiled areas. However, in some cases the smell may occur in a place that is often overlooked: in your air ducts. These hard to reach systems can be hard to clean without a professional air duct cleaning company.  

At Planet Duct, we want your space to stay healthy, productive and odor free. With our years of experience air duct cleaning in Southern Colorado and our utilization of antimicrobial air duct odor eliminators, we will put all of the tools at our disposal to rid your vents of any distracting smells. 

How to Remove Odor from Air Ducts?

Since most HVAC vents are relatively inaccessible to the common person, it is always preferable to seek out a professional if you smell an odor in your air ducts. Industry professionals have much more at their disposal to tackle the source of lingering odors. Most common do-it-yourself options on “how to freshen air ducts” involve methods that simply hide odor rather than eliminate it. Often, these are only temporary bandages to an odor problem that stems from musty air vents.

Professional air vent cleaning companies offer various ways to clean vents. It is best to consult with a professional to figure out which cleaning options are the best for your specific odor problem. 

Why Hire a Professional Air Duct Cleaning Company

There is the standard air duct cleaning service which is essentially a massive vacuum (some say stronger than the vacuum of space) that sucks out any debris and dirt in the vents. This is typically what people think of when they need their vents cleaned. 

For this type of service, an extremely powerful piece of equipment is connected to the vents and turned on. The higher suction ability, the more filth is removed from the vents by this technology. It may look intimidating from someone not familiar with this type of machinery, but it acts as a giant vacuum cleaner. This procedure is one of the most common when people get their vents cleaned.

Air Duct Treatment

The second option is for situations where suction is not enough to clean vents thoroughly and is called an air duct treatment. This procedure utilizes various antimicrobial solutions to kill bacteria build up. These solutions act as an air duct deodorizer when sprayed in the vents.

Professional air duct cleaners usually use two or more EPA registered, HVAC specific solutions to give the whole ventilation system an extremely thorough spray. The use of many products optimizes the ability for a 99% effective clean.

Common Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning:

If air vents smell musty, you can utilize the helpful checklist below to narrow down if the smell is coming from the vents themselves. In many cases, if all of these factors are present, the smell is originating from the air vents. 

  • Consistency: The smell persists in multiple rooms.
  • Frequency: There is a pattern between when the HVAC system is active and when the smell is the most prevalent.
  • Location: The smell cannot be narrowed down to one room or location.
  • Methodology: Any potential source of the smell i.e. carpets, trash cans, bathrooms, etc. have been cleaned and deodorized, yet the smell still lingers. 

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After exploring different types of cleaning methods, it is good to note that Planet Duct offers both air duct treatments and air duct cleaning. We understand how frustrating musty smells can be and the hindering effect they have on productive spaces. If you notice a musty smell coming from your vents, contact Planet Duct today to get a free estimate. Let us get that smell outer your space!