New apartment, air ducts were filthy

There’s nothing like getting used to a new home.

You have so much to figure out and it feels like as soon as you get accustomed to one place, it’s time to start renting a new one.

In the city, that’s especially true. There are so many unique housing options out there that you run into some truly interesting homeless. Then, the rent inevitably increases each year and you’re forced to move out of your new pad. On to the next strange, historic home. I’ve gone through this so many times that I have become desensitized to the discomfort of new places. That’s why I didn’t even realize my entire HVAC system wasn’t working in my brand new apartment. In fact, it took me over two weeks to come to this air quality conclusion. When I first moved in, I was expecting things to be a bit awkward and uncomfortable at first. Boy, was I correct. From the first afternoon I was living there, I felt like I couldn’t figure out how to use the thermostat. It was an extremely old temperature control device and it wasn’t very intuitive to me. I felt like the air temperature never really changed, no matter what the thermostat read. I dealt with this for weeks until a friend came over and mentioned the uncomfortable heat. When I told him about my confusing air temperature situation, he gave me a strange look. He said nothing, walked over to an air vent, and stuck his hand inside. He pulled out mounds of dust, hair, and debris. “I don’t think your thermostat is broken,” he said. “I think your air ducts I have never been cleaned.”

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