What your Nose Knows about Air Vents

When it comes to figuring out what’s wrong with your air ventilating system, it seems that your nose knows what’s going on. Fortunately, or unfortunately, whenever something funky happens it immediately travels through the air vents thoroughly stinking up your place. It would seem to you like you are getting the bad end of the stick over here but we believe that it’s better for these things to stink up your place so you can address them immediately.

Here are some of the weird smells that can come from your air vents and what they mean.

Dead Animal Odors

Dead animal odors can mean dead animals and insects in your air ventilation system. It can also mean that these critters could be nesting in your system and the smell that’s circulating in your house is not of a dead animal’s but a thriving nest of rats that are peeing and pooping all over the place. You can tell if this is the case because aside from dead animal odors you can also smell feces and urine. Aside from the bad smell, pests living in your ducts could bring disease with them so it is best if you have them exterminated as soon as possible.

Sulphur and Sewer Gas Odors

A sulfuric or sewer gas odor could mean that the building you are living in is using Chinese drywall. These fumes can be quite corrosive and can damage other equipment in your house along with your air vents.

Musty “mildew” Smells

Musty/mildew smells, generally mean one thing—mold. The warm and moist environment in most air vents is the ideal breeding ground for mold. Some mold may just smell but several of these and their spores can be hazardous to you and your family’s health. So you better have this checked out.

Electric Motor Odors

Electric motor odors can mean that either your air vent or some other equipment in your house is overheating or malfunctioning and needs attention immediately.

Pesticide Odors

Your house and air vents can sometimes smell like pesticide. Check the history of pesticide use in your building and have this looked at immediately because pesticide fumes can cause upper respiratory irritation.

Dangerous Gases you Can’t Smell

Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas and the trouble with it is that you can’t smell it. The only way to detect if your home or building has a carbon monoxide problem is by having it checked once in a while. Be extra vigilant about this if you are living in rented space or an old building.