Vent hoods suck up more than moisture

Living in an apartment that is largely below ground creates a constant struggle for indoor air quality. Things that I have taken for granted all of my life are now things I am constantly 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 mess up supper, the smoke is not about your head–it’s just directly in your face. Plus when you’re taking a hot 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 landlord at least had decent ductwork for the vent hood in both the bathroom and the kitchen installed when he designed this new apartment unit. However, I noticed as it got colder that my apartment was too.

                  Usually I’m pretty immune to the change of the seasons down here, as having very few windows and doors means there are also very few places for the warm air to escape. Overtime, I realized that my bathroom and the kitchen were coldest of all, yet there are no windows an 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 respectably–you’re sucking up all the air in the living space too! I’ve been sending all my nice warm air from my gas boiler right up the vent hoods and back outside.