“Honey What’s That Smell?” Dealing With Household Odors

No one knows exactly when it will happen, but even in sunny Southern California it’s inevitable. One night soon the evening chill will arrive and you will wake up shivering. As you get out of bed you quickly head for the thermostat. Moments after you turn the switch to heat and set the temperature to 72 degrees, you start sniffing the air. What in the world is that burning smell? Is there something wrong with your furnace?
Your Sanborn’s Air Conditioning and Heating HVAC experts in Redlands want you to know that in practically every case, your furnace is fine. During the off-season, dust gathers on your furnace components. When you turn it on for the first time the heat actually burns the dust, creating the odor which is a normal furnace odor. It should disappear after the first few times the furnace kicks in. Consider it a really good reminder to call your San Bernardino heating and cooling professionals at Sanborn’s to schedule your annual heating system maintenance.
That burning smell is just one of the many smells that can be present in a house and some of the others can be a sign of more serious problems, in part because of the poor air quality in the Inland Empire. According to data compiled by the American Lung Association, between 2014 and 2016 San Bernardino County had the most unhealthy air quality days (146) in the region. The dirty outdoor air can and does affect your indoor air quality as well.
Some odors can be unpleasant and more difficult to track down than the dust on the furnace. For example, we get asked all the time, “What does mold smell like?” The best description is an earthy or musty smell that most people describe as unpleasant. The mold can be present in your ventilation system.
There are several ways the Sanborn’s experts can get rid of dust and any other sources of unpleasant odors in your home and improve your indoor air quality:

  • Air cleaners & filters
    • Generally, they trap particles in the air. Most furnace filters provide a bare minimum of filtration. Sanborn’s carries several products that are much more effective.
  • Air purifiers
    • These products do more than just trap particles. They can also neutralize certain chemicals and make the air in your house more sanitary.
  • Ultraviolet lights
    • UV Lights can certainly be considered a type of air purifier, but are specifically designed to kill bacteria and viruses. They are used in conjunction with a filtration system because the lights don’t trap particulates.
  • Humidity control
    • Proper humidity levels are key to creating the best indoor air quality. In our dry climate, humidifiers can go a long way toward making your home healthier and more comfortable.

When that first chilly morning arrives, don’t worry about that burning smell. Only in the rarest of circumstances is it a sign of HVAC problems in your Redlands or San Bernardino home. But in the case of other household smells, it may be wise to call Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating today to talk about ways to get rid of dust and anything else that may be causing unpleasant odors. Be sure to like and follow us on our Facebook page to get even more important information.