Buying A Smoke-Filled Home? How To Clean The Air

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When you purchase a home, you feel like you're in total control. However, you can't control everything, especially when it comes to the habits and practices of the previous owner. For this reason, it's not always possible to purchase a home that is smoke-free. Yet, it is possible to eradicate much of the odor and air quality issues that come from smoking indoors. 

Duct Cleaning

Ducts are somewhat of a collection site. When the previous owners smoked, some of the residue from the smoke settled inside the ducts. Each time air flows through the ducts, some of the residue particles get lifted into the air and cycled through your home. 

Unfortunately, this process is one that repeats itself over and over. Dirty ducts lead to air quality concerns and cause a foul odor to circulate through your home. 

The best way to eradicate these issues and remove the tobacco particles is to have the ducts cleaned by a professional. During the process, the ducts, fans, registers, grilles, air handler, and even the coils are cleaned. With a total system cleaning, you can get the smoke out of your new home and protect your family. 

Replace all Filters

Grab a new air filter before you move into the house. If ducts are a collection site, an air filter is a collection site times 10. Every particle found in the air will pass through the filter, where it will become trapped in the filter's screen. If you don't want the air from your air conditioning or heating system to pass through a literal smoke screen first, you need to replace the filter. 

When you replace the filter, you will notice an immediate difference in the smell of your new home and the air quality. If the previous owner smoked and didn't do a good job replacing the filter regularly, you might gain an increase in efficiency with the unit. 

As a result, you may experience an increase in the unit's lifespan and reduced operating costs. To speed up the process, invest in a high-quality filter. A high-quality filter can more readily trap any residual smoke particles in the air. Even after you're confident the smoke is gone, high-quality filters are still a great investment for keeping the air inside your new home as fresh as possible. 

Say goodbye to the smoke. Contact an HVAC professional who can help you address these issues and improve the air quality in your new home. For more information, visit websites like