Having to live in an house that is largely below ground creates a constant struggle for air quality. Things that I have taken for granted all of my life are now things I am constantly working to service and make function in my home. Not only is the air quality not great, because the lack of windows causes lack of quality air flow, but the ceilings are also lower. This means when you mess up breakfast, the smoke is not about your head–it’s just directly in your face. Plus 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 landlord at least had nice ductwork installed for the vent hood in both the lavatory and the family room, when he built this new house unit… However, I observed as it got colder outside, that my house was too… Usually I’m pretty immune to the change of the seasons down here, as having really few windows and doors means there are also really few openings for the warm air to escape. Overtime, I realized that my lavatory and the family room were coldest of all, yet there are no windows in either.
It turns out it was the vent hoods all along! You 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.