Living in a condo that is largely below ground creates constant difficulties with indoor air quality. Things that I have taken for granted all of my life are now things I am always working to fix and make work in my home. Not only is the air quality not great, because the lack of windows creates lack of quality air flow, but the ceilings are also lower.
This means when you spoil supper, the smoke is not about your head–it’s just directly in your face. When you’re taking a warm shower, that steam has less space to occupy, so it is even worse than it would normally be. The result is that I have to use the vent hoods a lot. I’m grateful that the property owner at least had good ductwork for the vent hood installed in both the bathroom and the home, when he designed this new condo unit… However, I noticed as it got colder outside, that my condo was too. Usually I’m pretty immune to the change of the seasons down here, as having few windows and doors means there are also few spaces for the hot air to escape.
Overtime, I realized that my bathroom and the home were coldest of all, yet there are no windows in either. It turns out it was the vent hoods all along! See, when you run the vent hoods, you’re not just sucking up smoke or steam, you’re sucking up all the air in the residing space too! I’ve been sending all my nice hot air from my gas boiler right up the vent hoods and back outside.