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Why Does My Home Smell Musty?

Updated: Feb 10, 2023

A musty smelling home is not only unpleasant to live in, but it could also be affecting your family’s health. These smells are often the result of mold, mildew, damaged material, and other issues that must be addressed immediately. Read ahead for a closer look at some of the most common causes of these odors and what you can do to get rid of them for good.

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1. High Humidity Levels

Musty smells generally come from the development of mold and other forms of bacteria, and these substances need moisture to begin producing odorous spores. Most specialists suggest that homes should be kept between 40 and 50 percent humidity. A home with humidity levels above 50 percent is the perfect breeding ground for mold.

2. Damaged or Dirty Fabric

Even if you have addressed the causes of these smells, odors could still be lingering in fabric throughout your home. Homeowners should start cleaning all of the fabric in their home after having the causes of the smells taken care of. Carpets and heavy drapes are two of the biggest offenders when it comes to collecting odors, and these should be cleaned with heavy-duty cleaning agents designed specifically for fabric.

3. Washers and Dryers

Anyone that is still at a loss of where their home’s musty smell is coming from should take a closer look at their washer and dryer. Even with the cleaning products that go through these appliances, it does not take much for mold to develop inside the tub or along the pipes. The best way to avoid these issues is to keep the lids open whenever they are not being used so that they can air out.

Contact Energy Air for an HVAC Inspection and Musty Air Be-Gone!

Your home’s HVAC system is your first line of defense against unusual smells and unwanted airborne allergens. One of our experienced HVAC technicians can help you come up with a comprehensive plan to rid your home of these odors and keep it smelling fresh throughout the year. Contact us now!

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