Open Heating plus A/C system ends up stinking

This section is usually really comfortable.

I can get by with just an open window and a ceiling fan most of the time. But this year has been nothing however non stop rain. It is hard to keep a window open when it won’t stop raining outside. Thankfully our Heating plus A/C system can be switched to an open system. That means that it takes air from outside rather than inside the house. I just turn the thermostat to the fan setting and then go to the utility shed and change it to “open”. Then nice air from outside circulates throughout the whole beach house however no rain water gets in. It is really nice. Too awful I haven’t used this capability in more than a few years. So when I finally did use it, a awful stench circulated the house. It smelled love an outhouse. It was disgusting. I opened a few windows, in the rain, then hoped that the smell would just air itself out and go away. After 30 hours it became clear that this was not going to happen. I had to turn off the Heating plus A/C fan and then keep the windows open while running the ceiling fan. Then I had to put towels in all the windowsills. After that I called up our Heating plus A/C dealer. I wasn’t sure if the smell was just because of the open system or if there was something really wrong with out Heating plus A/C system. It turned out it was just the open system. There was a bunch of dirt, mold, and a dead bird in the intake area. That is all cleaned out now. The Heating plus A/C professionals put up a mesh screen so no more stuff gets through into the tubing either. Now, if it would just stop raining, I would be happy as a clam.

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