If you have been experiencing the extremely hot temperatures that have plagued the United States over the last year, then you may be putting your central air conditioner through its paces. If air flow coming through your vents suddenly drops, then you may be nervous that your overworked system is ready to completely break down or fail. This is probably not the case, and there are a few things you can investigate to fix the issue.
Imagine turning on your air conditioner to beat the summer heat only to get a whiff of what smells like a dirty sock coming from your A/C vents. If the smell persists after putting away your dirty laundry, then chances are you're dealing with what's known as "dirty sock syndrome" -- it's when mold and mildew builds up inside your A/C system until it gives off a musty aroma.
Dirty sock syndrome isn't just annoying for your nose.
Renting instead of owning has its advantages, but being a renter can be very frustrating when you're trying to keep your energy bills low. In most rental arrangements, you don't get to choose your large appliances – the apartment building owner or homeowner does. That means that you can't go out and buy the most efficient Energy Star qualified air conditioner when your old one is due for an upgrade, or switch from electric heating and air conditioning to geothermal.