Can Your HVAC System Get Rid Of Odors?

Posted on: 2 February 2021


Does your home have odors in your home that you want to get rid of? If so, it helps to know how your HVAC system can actually help to get rid of them.

Know That Odors Are Essentially Particles 

One thing to realize about bad odors is that they are essentially just particles in the air that we are breathing in. If you are able to eliminate those particles, then you will eliminate the odor. While some odors can emanate from parts of your home, like a cigarette smell in your furniture or pet smell in your carpet, the odors eventually seep into the air that you smell. That is why your HVAC system can actually help your home smell better.

Know How Air Filtration Can Help

When looking to combat household odors, you should always look at the air filter of your HVAC system. Have you been changing the filter regularly? Is the filter a good enough quality to catch those particles that are causing bad odors? If the answer to either question is no, then you should consider making some changes to your air filter. A HEPA filter is going to be more effective at trapping smaller particles in the air, which can actually help clean the air of those odors that you are smelling. There are also electronic filters that turn it into a huge magnet that attracts particles. 

Know That UV Light Sterilization Can Help

Another way to combat odors is to install a UV light sterilization system within your HVAC system. This is something that can be done by a local HVAC contractor in your area. The system works by making a small hole in your return air vent, which is where all of the air from your home flows through before it comes back to the air handler. A UV light is put into that hole so that it can be easily accessed, which helps sterilize the air as it passes through it. This can help kill bacteria in the air that cause odors, which helps produce better-smelling air 

Know That The Litter Box Location Matter

Is your cat's litter box in the same room as the HVAC system? It may be time to move the location of the litter box, since the furnace pulls in air from the room that it is in. A utility room that contains a smelly litter box can cause those bad odors to spread into the rest of the home without you realizing it. 

For more information about HVAC services, contact a local company.