What’s That Smell?

Have you ever returned home after a long day at work or a leisurely day of shopping, only to find yourself wanting to turn around and leave because your house smells musty? Do these smells require you to keep your cabinets fully stocked with aerosol air fresheners? If this is the case for you, you could be dealing with several issues including:

  • Moist air, high humidity

  • Old or dirty carpeting

  • Bathroom or kitchen mildew

  • Wet or Dirty laundry

  • HVAC

  • Air ducts

There are ways to combat that stale air aside from spraying clouds of floral fog in each room. Try investigating the problem and figuring out its source first, then come up with the best solution for eliminating it rather than covering it up.


For homes with older flooring, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and dirt infiltrate the fibers and cause odor and poor air quality; this can irritate allergies and asthma, not to mention the smell that permeates each room because of it. Combat dirty carpets by regularly cleaning with a good vacuum, and shampoo the carpets every once in a while.

HVAC and Air Ducts

When your HVAC unit and air ducts become dirty, this causes a problem for your home’s air quality and your comfort within your home. Air ducts, in particular, can be fantastic breeding grounds and collection points for dirt, dust, mold, and mildew. Unfortunately, just changing your filters won’t always fix the problem. If you are noticing a musty smell and think that your HVAC unit or air ducts are the cause, call a professional.

Fresh Air

When you notice that musty smell coming from your kid's bedroom or even in your laundry room, hesitate before grabbing the bottle of air freshener. Think about how you can eliminate the smell rather than using synthetic fragrances. Or, if you don’t have time to do a deep clean, turn towards natural ways of freshening up your home.

Lemon and other citrus fruits are a natural disinfectant and smell great too. Place lemon slices in a bowl of water and microwave for a minute and place the lemon water in the offensive smelling area to help combat the odor.

This may seem obvious, but opening doors and windows when weather allows is a great way to add fresh air to your home naturally, and even making sure to keep internal doors open will help to circulate fresh air throughout your home.

How We Can Help

If you notice yourself frequently combatting the musty smells within your home, then it might be time to call in the professionals. Trust the experts at Guaranteed Service to get to the bottom of your air quality problems. To learn more about our business and the services we offer, give us a call or visit our website!


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