My Parent’s Air Filter Was Black From Smoke

You never realize how dirty someone’s air is until you look at their air filter, but when my parents went on a month-long cruise, they asked me to keep an eye on their house for them.

They had an Heating and A/C repair appointment already tied up while in the time they were away, so I told them that I’d be there to meet the Heating and A/C professional for them.

I showed the Heating and A/C professional where all the Heating and A/C unit was and tried to answer his questions. My parents didn’t’ tell me about any heat and air complications they were experiencing, so I assumed everything was fine. When the Heating and A/C professional updated the air filter, he localed it beside the trash can and told me that he was unable to dispose of it himself… Apparently, all Heating and A/C professionals were banned from taking dirty air filters from other people’s homes due to the virus. I understood his reasoning, however what I didn’t understand was why my parent’s air filter was covered in black dust and debri. My air filters were always coated in dust, however it was always a brown or gray color. I asked the Heating and A/C professional why it was black, and he told me that the black color was from smoke. He asked if my parents smoked, and I told him they did. Apparently, the smoke was getting trapped in their air filter, causing it to turn black. It disgusted me to see what I was breathing second hand while I was at my parent’s house!


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