Until recently, I have constantly lived in houses, never an apartment. From birth until school, our parents owned a several-story several kitchen beach lake house up north that I grew up in. When I entered school, a few friends of mine decided to pool our cash together and rent out a cheap lake house near the school. Every one of us did that every year for several years until every one of us all graduated and went off to separate graduate schools. I repeated the same thing in grad school with a current group of roommates. Now that I have our PhD and finally landed a job, I was forced to traninterest to a small lake house until I can save enough cash to rent out a house. Besides, it doesn’t make much sense for a single guy to rent a 3 kitchen lake house if he doesn’t even have pets or a partner to share it with. I figured that there would be some definite changes, but most of this I chalked up to losing extra space, having to downsize, and just dealing with so more than 2 neighbors at any given time of the afternoon. I didn’t expect the change in how the heating and cooling plan is set up and installed. In all of the houses I have ever lived in, all of them had the air return for the HVAC plan in the ceiling above connected via ducts to the air handler, which was in a odd location in each home. With our apartment, our air handler is in a closet and the return is literally an opening underneath the component that connects to a square hole in the wall with metal grates that lake house your A/C filter. Unfortunately, that means our air return is directly next to our floor. I didn’t guess this would be an issue until summer season hit and the heat waves and day thunderstorms dropped the humidity outside and brought with it all sorts of indoor air contaminants. It seems love I’m tracking in dirt, pollen, dust, and mold every time I walk in from outside. I’m considering buying a current air handler if I can’t traninterest soon, because our breathing is starting to get affected from the setup. I understand the constraints that smaller spaces put on beach lake house appliances, but it just seems counterintuitive in every conceivable way to put an return right off your floor. Most people don’t even take their shoes off when they walk indoors!