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As the seasons change, so does the air inside your home. When winter begins, your air conditioner takes a rest from its hard work, and your furnace kicks on.

However, you might notice something when you turn up the thermostat: a strange smell has spread throughout your home. Nothing else has changed, so what could it be?

Believe it or not, your furnace is the cause behind stuffy indoor air. But why does this happen, and what can you do to solve it?

 

What Causes Stuffy Air?

The warm air from your furnace circulates throughout your home, then is recycled and recirculated again. Over time, this can make the air feel stuffy and take on odors. Think about it: that warm air is essentially trapped inside your home. No wonder it takes on a funky smell after a while! 

There may be several causes behind your indoor air problem. Here are a few of the main ones:

  • A lack of humidity. The heat from your furnace dries out the air in your home. Try purchasing a humidifier to offset this issue. It will replenish your air with the moisture it needs. However, you don’t want too much moisture in the air—that can cause musty smells and mold issues.
  • Dirty air ducts. We don’t often think about the ductwork that disperses warm and cold air throughout our homes. Over the years, these ducts get clogged with dust, debris, and other contaminants. This can trigger allergies and create a stale odor in your home.
  • A faulty furnace. If you suspect that your furnace is causing this issue, it might be time for an inspection by an HVAC technician.

 

How Do You Ventilate Your Home?

What can you do to eliminate odors and keep your indoor air fresh?

  • Purchase a fan. Your air might need more circulation. Ceiling and/or floor fans can help with this. Set one up in your bedroom or living room to enjoy better circulation.
  • Keep doors open. Isolating different areas of your home will only make this issue worse. Try to keep bedroom doors open to allow for more airflow. 
  • Clean the house. A buildup of dust might be contributing to a stale odor in your home. Roll up your sleeves, grab your cleaning supplies, and get down to it. 

 

The air filters in your HVAC system might need a cleaning or a replacement altogether. They won’t be able to trap particles if the screens are clogged with dust.

  • Improve your home’s insulation. Give your furnace a break by sealing any holes in your home. Bolstering the insulation in your attic or exterior walls will prevent warm air from escaping your home. In turn, your furnace won’t need to work as hard to heat the air.
  • Have your HVAC system serviced. We’re all familiar with the symptoms of winter: dry skin, runny noses, and goosebumps whenever we step outside. But these issues can be alleviated by a furnace that’s running at its peak efficiency. 

For heating and air service in New Braunfels, visit Classic Air Conditioning & Heating. We’re here to help you with all your HVAC needs, including furnace repair, maintenance, and air conditioning installation in New Braunfels tx

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Karrie Mikle
Karrie Mikle
2022-05-06
Everyone I have dealt with at Classic over the last several years always go the extra mile with customer service. Reliable, pleasant and knowledgeable team - especially JOEY SCALA!
Sarah Rogers
Sarah Rogers
2022-05-03
Eddie, Isaac and saul did amazing work, talked to me about everything, and made sure they installed my new ac properly. Thank yall so much!
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William Bragg
2022-04-08
We've been using Classic Air Conditioning & Heating Services for the past five years to include Installation of new units (flawless by the way), bi-annual check-ups that are scheduled and carried out without a second thought on my part, and in emergencies (backed up drain in the bathroom with a response time in under 24 hours to troubleshoot the problem). Their technicians are master's at their craft, personable, and cut to the chase on his service calls. I never feel like I'm being given the run around or a sales pitch with this company. Today, Mitchell Wesch went above and beyond walking us through what was happening and provided a multitude of options and expected timelines for future repairs. Once again, a great example of exemplary customer service. He was able to troubleshoot the problem with zero delay. We're ready for the Texas summer, and are already looking forward to the next scheduled service call. Thank you Classic Services for keeping our home healthy and happy.
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Sondra Von Gyllenband
2022-04-08
These folks are kind and helpful. They will above and beyond to assist. They make sure what needs to be done is done. Sondra
Lexie Gillotti
Lexie Gillotti
2022-04-06
Theresa did an amazing job! She informed me about everything she was doing and took extra pictures so I could have them for my record. She was quick but still answered all my questions. She definitely saved the day when my condensor froze over on the coldest day of the year, leaving my family in the cold. She was out at my house within the hour and had everything fixed in minutes.
MARIE ORTEGA
MARIE ORTEGA
2022-03-29
Very professional presentation and very very quick arrival day Same Day to our needs much better than anyone in San Antonio, very disappointed with services from San Antonio. Importantly corrected our problem in same day. Took their time and gave advice and great great pricing. Won’t go anywhere else. Will always consider local businesses instead.
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Stephanie Corona
2022-02-23
Well, once again, Classic comes to the rescue. I am on their yearly maintenance plan and yesterday Nate showed up for a late afternoon service call. Nate was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. This company never ceases to impress me. From the person that answers the phone to the people that come out to help. ALWAYS on time, responsive and caring. GREAT JOB NATE!!!
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