Last summertime, our mom’s flu symptoms got so bad that she demanded I call an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C corporation to come clean out the ducts to improve the air quality of our home. I, being a frugal son, was quite reluctant to have a big-company Heating, Ventilation, and A/C company to do something that seemed so simple. Of course, I didn’t suppose much about the structure of central heating and cooling systems, but nonetheless I volunteered to try cleaning it myself. If it didn’t work, I would then resort to calling our Heating, Ventilation, and A/C provider for backup. So I strapped on some boots and a dust mask on our face and opened the panel leading into the ducts. The first thing I noticed was a strong smell – maybe the source of this smell was the cause of the low air quality. I hoped that I could find it and forgo the main cleaning. I was equipped with a vacuum cleaner and a roll of paper towels, along with a spritzer of pledge. The smell was almost too much to bear, even though I couldn’t quite put our finger on it. I had turned the air conditioner off beforehand, and hadn’t realized how sizzling it might be inside. I wasn’t more than a few meters in when I heard a snarl. My trip was not going well – I might have to call an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C corporation for backup. The source of the snarl revealed itself, a small gray mass with triangular ears and whiskers – a kitten! This kitten was surrounded by his own type of litter box, which turned out to be the primary source of soil rather than dust. And, our mom, allergic to cats, was reacting to his dander being sprayed like confetti throughout the house.
August 5, 2020
August 5, 2020