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How to Turn Off the Fresh Air Intake on an Air Conditioner

NexGen How Much Does a Drain Camera Service Cost

A drain or sewer camera inspection can save you a great deal of money. It helps find localized issues, that if not fixed, can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. The cost of drain camera service is nowhere near as costly.

According to Forbes, the average cost of a sewer camera inspection in 2022 was $280. On the low end, it could cost as little as $70. While the average price range was between $125 and $500, some inspections cost up to $900 depending on rates, the scope of services provided, and the state or city.

The Variable Cost of Drain Camera Service

The cost of service can vary considerably. A drain camera inspection, according to Angi, averages $685 nationally but can cost as high as $1,175. If repairs are needed the cost will be higher. For example, the cost of materials and labor will increase the price if a toy was accidentally flushed by a child, a drainage or sewer pipe is leaking, or tree roots have gotten in. Plumbers can charge between $45 and $150 per hour so this is something to consider.

Location Matters

As we’ve said, location will impact the cost of a pipe camera inspection. In Orlando, FL, the average was about $315 while in New York City it was $510. Meanwhile, customers in Los Angeles may pay $1,600 and those in Seattle paid an average of $1,535. However, in Pittsburgh, PA, the average price of a camera inspection was a whopping $2,315.

Do I Need a Professional?

A drain camera inspection requires dedicated equipment. Technically, most people can perform an inspection. But this means having to purchase the equipment yourself, which can cost up to $15,000, plus the cost of a video monitor, output, and lighting equipment (rentals are available but cost around $200 per day). There are more affordable camera inspection systems. However, video resolution, reach length, and options for retrieval devices will be limited. 

Other Drain Camera Service Cost Factors

When a plumbing company sets its prices for inspecting drains and sewers, here are some other considerations in deciding what to charge:

Call NexGen for High-Quality Drain Camera Service

At NexGen, we use the most state-of-the-art drain and sewer inspection equipment. Fiber optic cameras on long, flexible cables provide crisp views of the interior of pipes so we can quickly identify any problems deep in a drain or sewer line. This avoids digging and lets us make quick repairs at reasonable prices. To schedule a drain and sewer camera inspection in your Southern California home, book a date/time online or call NexGen at 805-301-6788 today.

Are There Combination Heating and Air Conditioning Units for Apartments?

NexGen Are There Combination Heating and Air Conditioning Units for Apartments

Apartment dwellers often face heating and cooling challenges. Tight space and design constraints can create issues with air movement. A lack of windows doesn’t help either. Limited airflow not only reduces comfort but can also increase humidity, mold growth, and paint deterioration. However, these issues can be avoided by installing combination heating and air conditioning units for apartments.

What Combined Heating and AC Options Are There?

A building can be served by decentralized heating systems, each of which serves a specific area, or a central system. Central units control temperature, humidity, and airflow from a single source. They may have a split design with an outdoor cabinet containing the compressor and condenser, while the evaporator is contained in an indoor unit. Air handlers and furnaces are typically separate components as well.

Common Combination Heating and Air Conditioning Units for Apartments

These aren’t the only heating and cooling systems that can be used in apartments. The following alternatives can save space and provide efficient comfort:

Packaged Central AC

A packaged central unit contains the condenser, compressor, and evaporator in a single cabinet. The unit is typically installed outside (on the ground or the roof). A packaged system often contains electric heating coils or a natural gas furnace along with an air conditioner (a separate indoor furnace is not required). Air circulation is managed by air supply and return ducts that pass through the roof or an exterior wall.

Ductless Mini-Split System

A mini-split is a cooling and heating system that allows the temperature to be adjusted at a certain level for one room, and another level in a different room. An apartment often isn’t large enough for a central unit. While the condenser is installed outside the building, compact mini-split air handlers can provide heating or cooling in individual rooms or small apartments. Separate AC and heater components aren’t required.

Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners (PTACs)

Often installed below windows in hotels, PTACs are self-contained, ductless units. They can heat or cool small areas like hotel rooms, small one-bedroom apartments, and residential add-ons. A PTAC can provide electric heat or be a reverse-cycle heat pump. Either way, it’s a reliable solution and many units have advanced digital controls to make them simple to use. 

Combination Heating/AC Considerations

Several HVAC options are available for small spaces. That means there are choices to make, not only on the type of system but also based on specific factors. Every building is different so it’s important to consider the following:

And, as with any HVAC system, look for a warranty. It can save a lot of money especially if something breaks while the unit is still covered. The length of the warranty and what it covers depends on the unit and brand. Read the terms of the contract to know what parts are covered and if labor is included before you sign it.

Purchase Combination HVAC Units from NexGen

Proudly serving Southern California, NexGen offers ductless heating and cooling systems that are compact, versatile, and efficient. These include wall-mount heat pumps with impressive heating and cooling ranges. Our licensed technicians provide HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance services. By signing up for our X Protection Plan, you can receive discounts and priority service, while specials and financing options are available. To learn more about our offerings and combination heating and air conditioning units for apartments, call (833) 729-9735 today.

What Is an ARUF Air Handler?

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An ARUF air handler is one you’re likely to encounter when searching for an efficient, budget-friendly HVAC solution. At NexGen, the ARUF-Series Electric Air Handlers are extremely energy efficient thanks to an all-aluminum evaporator coil and multi-speed PSC blower motor. We’ll provide a more in-depth description of what this long-lasting indoor air conditioning unit does and why it’s preferred over similar solutions.

What Does ARUF Mean?

ARUF is a name designation for a series of air handlers. We also offer ASPT, AWUT, MBR, ACNF, and other series that offer various benefits. Most feature an all-aluminum coil that allows for highly efficient cooling and durability thanks to grooved tubing. There’s even a coil mounting track so the unit can be easily repositioned.

The air handler is certified by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and ETL listed. It has also been tested by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). When tested per ASHRAE Standard 193, it was found to have a cabinet air leakage of less than 2% at 1.0 inch H2O.

Other Benefits of an ARUF Air Handler

A Full-Featured Cabinet with a Flexible Design

Available in 1½- to 5-ton sizes, the ARUF air handler is built into a cabinet that can be configured horizontally or vertically. A rigid SmartFrame™ provides improved lateral stability and allows for sturdy mounting of internal components. The blower casing is covered by foil-faced insulation that reduces operating noise and condensation. Screw-less sides and a rear panel also reduce condensation, especially when the unit is installed in a humid location. Better yet, no tools are needed to access the filter, making the unit easier to maintain.

The ARUF’s cabinet is as convenient as it is versatile. It’s available with 3 kW to 25 kW electric heater kits, which are field installed. A 10-Year Parts Lifetime Warranty is included, while members of our X Protection Family receive a lifetime replacement warranty.

Contact NexGen to Learn More

We will gladly answer your questions about the ARUF air handler and how it compares with our other industry-leading electric heating and cooling products. Traditional, rooftop and ductless systems are also available in Southern California as well as thermostats, air cleaners, and air purification systems. To learn more about our air-hander units and other HVAC options, or schedule a free estimate, call 833-729-9735 or book an appointment online.

How to Turn Off the Fresh Air Intake on an Air Conditioner

NexGen How to Turn Off the Fresh Air Intake on an Air Conditioner

At NexGen, we lead the way in air conditioning and heating as well as indoor air quality services in Southern California. But with all the air quality testing and air purification system installations we handle, how you use your ACs intake is still important. Fresh air intakes help improve system performance and efficiency. But many people don’t know they can be opened and closed. Here, we’ll explain how to turn off the fresh air intake on an air conditioner.

Locate Your Fresh Air Intake

The air intake is typically an open duct that leads to a vent on a wall outside your home or the attic. There’s a small filter inside the vent so it can deliver clean air. This also lessens the demand on other HVAC filters. Depending on your home, it may have multiple fresh air intakes. The indoor side of an intake usually looks like a grilled vent. It’s often near furnaces or other gas appliances.

Closing A Fresh Air Damper

A damper is a device that allows, blocks, and/or adjusts the flow of air. It typically contains a frame and a blade that moves in and out of the frame using a spring-loaded mechanism. Some dampers can be adjusted in increments to manage the amount of air entering a building. There are different types of dampers, including:

To close the damper in your air intake, and block the supply of outside air, follow the system’s owner’s manual. It may require:

If manually operating the damper, slide the damper cover over the opening. Do not use a rag, curtain, or article of clothing to block it. You could end up causing damage. 

Should I Turn Off My Fresh Air Intake?

Fresh air can prevent the unit from overheating. It also improves circulation which helps your AC remove heat and humidity. Closing the damper forces the air conditioner to redirect air, which can have a variety of effects. But it may be the best option if there is a wildfire or other type of fire nearby, as this prevents smoke, particles, and toxins from getting into your home. Close all windows, doors, and other openings as well.

In addition to blocking harmful substances, turning off the fresh air intake at the right time can:

But in general, opening both the dampers and vents will help your HVAC system reach the desired temperature more quickly and consume less energy, especially in colder outdoor temperatures.

Contact NexGen to Learn More

NexGen provides heating and air conditioning installation, repair, and maintenance throughout Southern California. We offer duct cleaning and other air quality services as well. If you have additional questions on how to turn off the fresh air intake on an air conditioner or wish to schedule service, book an appointment online or call 833-729-9735 now.

Do Mini Splits Purify the Air in Your Home?

NexGen Do Mini Splits Purify Air

Unlike a central air conditioner, a mini-split system does not have ductwork, which can contribute to indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns. It consists of an outdoor unit and indoor air handlers. A refrigerant passes through the system to absorb heat so the system can provide heating or cooling. So, how do mini splits purify the air if they don’t use ductwork to circulate it around your home?

Why Install a Mini-Split System

Mini-splits can be installed in structures where it’s not possible to install ductwork. Other advantages include setting each room to a different temperature, establishing zoning for occupants with additional heating or cooling needs, and shutting off indoor units in unoccupied rooms to save energy. 

Improved IAQ is also a significant benefit many people don’t know about. Ductless mini-splits are quite effective at keeping indoor air safe and clean. They can help decrease allergies, discomfort, and the risk of asthma and other illnesses.

How Mini-Splits Help Improve Indoor Air Quality

Ducted systems are notorious for efficiency issues and intrusion of contaminants like dust, dirt, bacteria, mold, chemicals, organic matter, and other materials that can decrease indoor air quality. A ductless mini-split avoids these problems with the following:

Install Mini-Splits That Purify the Air In Your Home

NexGen specializes in the installation, repair, and maintenance of ductless heating and cooling systems in Southern California. We provide a range of air quality services as well. Our goal is to ensure the comfort, efficiency, and safety of our client's homes. To learn more, book your service online or call 833-729-9735 today.

Contact NexGen for Indoor Air Quality Solutions

NexGen can address air quality issues with a range of options. If cigarette smoke, mold, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, or other pollutants are found in your home, we will help make air quality improvements. Air purification and filtration systems can be installed or we can help improve ventilation (duct cleaning, installing dehumidifiers, and furnace repair can help as well). 

To learn more about our indoor air quality services in Southern California and request service, call 833-729-9735 today.

How to Stop SoCal Air Quality from Affecting Your Home

NexGen How Do I Stop SoCal Air Quality Issues from Affecting My Home 1200x630 1Southern California is renowned for its poor air quality. There are many sources of air pollution here, including motor vehicles, industry, seaports, dust, and smoke from wildfires that can drift hundreds of miles. Even if you’re not near a fire zone, busy road, or industrial area, your home can be affected by chemicals and small particles. But you don’t have to let SoCal air quality put your family at risk. 

Why You Must Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire smoke appears dense and dark from a distance. It may seem you’re in the clear, but you can breathe it in and not realize it; many of the particles and chemicals aren’t visible to the naked eye. These can cause immediate symptoms such as coughing and difficulty breathing, irritated eyes, headaches, scratchy throat, dizziness, and chest pain.

Children, the elderly, and people with heart and lung conditions are most vulnerable. But smoke is bad for everyone. Exposure stresses the cardiovascular system, so severe exposure can lead to stroke and heart attack. Your home doesn’t have to be in the path of a wildfire for you and your family to be affected.

Protecting Your Home Against Poor SoCal Air Quality

You can reduce the risk of air quality issues polluting your home by:

Installing High-Efficiency Air Filters

Not all HVAC filters remove the particles found in SoCal air. It’s important to check, clean, and change filters often, but consider installing high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters for increased protection. Particulate matter can be smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter and can reach the deepest parts of the lungs. By comparison, a single human hair is 50 to 70 microns in diameter. A HEPA filter will trap the tiniest particles as air circulates through your heating and cooling system.

Similarly, N95 respirator masks can protect against particulates, smoke, and COVID-19. Wear a mask if you must be outside in smoky or smoggy conditions. It should fit over the nose and under the chin; one strap goes above and one strap goes below the ears. Air should not pull in from the sides when you breathe in (if properly fit, the respirator will collapse as you do).

Keeping the Windows Closed

Closing all your windows is generally effective in keeping out air pollution. However, most homes aren’t perfectly sealed envelopes. So in addition to closing windows, use high-quality filters and fans that boost air circulation in your home. 

Setting Your AC to “Recirculate”

If your air conditioning system recirculates and filters the air, instead of drawing it in from outside, you can reduce the chances of outdoor pollutants getting in. Close any vents that deliver outdoor air. Turn off the fresh air intake as well. Of course, this only works if the filter is clean, so be sure to replace your HVAC filter often and when it is dirty.

Using an Air Purifier

Purchase an air purifier that’s been tested for removing small particles. It should be non-ozone generating and approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Mechanical air cleaners don’t generate ozone or ions and physically filter out the air using pleated or HEPA-style filters. While electronic filters may generate small concentrations of ozone, they can include technologies such as UV light, ionizers, or electrostatic precipitators.

How to Protect Yourself from Poor Air Quality

In addition to keeping dirty air out of your home, you can protect yourself from SoCal air quality issues with the following tips:

Contact NexGen for Indoor Air Quality Solutions

We offer a range of
indoor air quality solutions for Southern California homes and businesses. These protect against particulates, volatile compounds, smoke, and more. When SoCal air quality turns for the worst, you can depend on NexGen to install the highest quality air filters, air cleaners, and air purification systems. We also provide high-quality duct cleaning, air duct sealing, and insulation services. Call 833-729-9735 to learn more.

Should You Call a Plumber to Fix a Gas Leak?

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Most people associate plumbers with fixing water pipes, drains, sewer lines, and water-using appliances. A licensed plumber is also qualified to perform gas leak repair. Contact a plumbing contractor right away if you suspect a gas leak. Natural gas is flammable and a health hazard. You should call a plumber to fix a gas leak because they’re qualified to:

A Plumber Can Fix Gas Lines?

Calling a plumber might not be your first thought when you smell gas. Not every plumber can do the job. Don’t expect an apprentice or general contractor to be ready to handle the task. Check the plumber’s qualifications; they must have a California C-36 Plumbing Contractor license to work with gas lines. This means they are properly trained to fix a gas leak in your home. Working with a trained plumber will yield the following benefits:

Signs You Need a Plumber to Fix a Gas Leak

A gas leak can come from a hole or break in the line, a damaged fitting, or a connection at an appliance. A defective appliance can leak natural gas as well. Signs of a leak include:

What to Do When There’s a Gas Leak

If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs, immediately turn off the gas meter. Don’t use any appliances, electronics, or devices in your home, or use matches or a lighter. Gas accumulated anywhere in your home can ignite and cause an explosion. Get everyone out of the house, including adults, children, and pets; then turn off the gas at the meter, if you can, and call an emergency plumber (or 911 and the gas company if the odor is particularly strong). Never risk trying to find and fix the problem yourself.

Any gas system issue from the meter into a home is the homeowner’s responsibility to fix. If the problem appears to be along the line before it reaches the meter, the gas company must repair it.

Call NexGen

Our technicians are trained and certified to work on gas lines, connections, and appliances. We also specialize in gas leak detection, using advanced equipment to verify a gas leak, where it is, and how much is leaking. Our team is prepared and equipped to quickly fix any leak and restore your safety. From minor adjustments to gas line replacement to 24/7 emergency service, NexGen has you covered.

Call 833-729-9735 or book an appointment online to request a plumber to fix your gas leak immediately.

How to Block Smoke from Coming Through AC Vents

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At NexGen, we understand the importance of good indoor air quality. Smoke is one of the most significant indoor pollutants. There are numerous potential sources, but perhaps none are as prevalent and potentially dangerous as cigarette smoke. Secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic. Even if you or no one in your family uses tobacco, smoke entering your home through vents can be extremely harmful. 

Here, we’ll explain how to block smoke from coming through the vents in your home to eliminate exposure and its risks.

Regarding exposure to secondhand smoke, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report in 2006 that concluded:

 Modifying Your Vents to Block Smoke

The first step is to locate where secondhand smoke is entering from. Air vents are one of the primary entry points. Others include gaps in windows, doors, outlets, insulation, etc. While small gaps can be filled with silicone caulk and larger ones with insulating foam, that doesn’t work with vents. You can’t completely block a vent because that will disrupt airflow, reduce efficiency, and increase the pressure that may damage ducts and cause leaks.

This is an issue because once cigarette smoke enters the system, it will travel through ductwork and come through vents in every room. Fortunately, other options can protect your home against secondhand smoke. These are some steps you can take:

Install a HEPA Filter

A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter has a fine mesh that makes it more effective at trapping tobacco smoke as well as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Therefore, this mechanical air filter protects against the harmful effects of smoke and can provide allergy relief. It can improve overall indoor air quality and protect your HVAC system against particulates as well.

Use a Door Draft Excluder

Smoke and odors may pass through from under any door that opens into a hallway or common area. A door draft excluder easily fits along the bottom of the door. Draft proofing can be accomplished with stuffed plastic bags or by purchasing and fitting a hinged flap or brush-type draft excluder. You can also purchase covers that drop over keyholes and flaps or brushes that cover letterboxes. 

Install an Air Purifier

A high-quality air purifier is a worthwhile investment. Your HVAC contractor can recommend and even install an air purification system. The best ones eliminate visible smoke and odors. While it may be difficult to block smoke from vents, the air can still be purified so you don’t have to worry about breathing in tobacco smoke. 

Get House Plants 

Bamboo palm, peace lily, philodendron, devil’s ivy, aloe vera, azalea, and chrysanthemum are just a few plants that can remove contaminants from the air. These natural air filters will leave your indoor air fresher. Not to mention create a calming environment in your house. 

Open Windows

This is not a permanent solution. If the outdoor air isn’t polluted and it’s a pleasant day, you can open windows to allow in a fresh breeze and filter out stagnant, smoke-filled air. This works best when the AC isn’t running. However, consider other solutions if there’s a lot of car traffic outside your home; you don’t want exhaust on top of tobacco smoke indoors.

Let NexGen See How to Block Smoke from Coming Through AC Vents 

NexGen provides many solutions to address indoor air quality issues. We can install high-efficiency filtration systems, improve ventilation, and clean ductwork as well as find custom solutions to improve air quality in your home. Our technicians are fully licensed and trained and provide service throughout Southern California. In addition, our products are warrantied for up to 12 years and financing options are available to make much-needed solutions affordable.

To get started, book service online or call us at 833-729-9735.

What Are the Latest California HVAC Regulations?

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New California HVAC regulations are targeting refrigerant use and efficiency. This is not the first wave of changes in the industry. In 2013, Title 24 efficiency standards were set by the California Energy Commission; in 2016 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was authorized to oversee the reduction of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions. Even more sweeping regulatory changes will take effect in 2023.

The U.S. Department of Energy has strictly regulated minimum efficiency levels for HVAC equipment since 1992. All air conditioning systems are measured using the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). Meanwhile, the heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) is used for heat pumps and annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) is used for furnaces. 

New Restrictions on Refrigerant

California passed legislation in 2018 that banned high global warming potential (GWP) HFCs, mirroring previous federal bans. California HVAC regulations announced in 2022 require:

Nationwide Guidelines Also Apply

The Department of Energy (DOE) has made changes that will impact the entire nation. In the southwestern region, which includes California, the minimum standard SEER rating for cooling systems will be increased to 15 SEER (for split units using less than 45,000 BTU) and 14.5 SEER (for units that use more than 45,000 BTU). New EER/EER2 requirements will also go into effect. In all regions, furnaces must have at least an 81% AFUE rating and air-source heat pumps must have a minimum heating efficiency of 8.8 HSPF.

According to Angi, the increased efficiency requirements can mean paying $350 to $1,500 more for a new air conditioner, heat pump, or packaged system.2 But higher efficiency can mean saving on heating/cooling bills each month. After all, heating and cooling account for 55% of the energy used in homes, based on numbers by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

These changes included requirements for fan efficiency in forced air systems; for gas furnace air-handling units, fans must operate at 0.45 watts/cubic feet per minute (CFM) or less. For non-gas air-handling units, it is 0.58 watts/CFM. Meanwhile, small duct, high-velocity forced-air systems must have fans running at 0.62 watts/CFM or less (with an airflow requirement of 250 CFM /ton or greater).

Porous inner core flex ducts are required as well. The exception is if there’s a nonporous layer or air barrier between the duct’s inner layer and outer vapor barrier. Mandatory air filtration requirements for systems with 10 feet or more of duct were set as well, with filtration being required on supply and balanced mechanical ventilation systems.

Title 24 Compliance Still Applies

The Energy Commission’s 2013 Title 24 rules still apply. These are minimum efficiency standards intended to reduce energy consumption throughout the state and include requirements such as:

*If no ducts are replaced, there must be 15% or less leakage; if ductwork replacement is performed, leakage must not exceed 6%).

NexGen Factors the Latest Regulations into New System Design

At NexGen, we supply and install the latest, most efficient HVAC equipment including traditional, electric, rooftop, and ductless systems. Our licensed technicians are fully trained in the most recent California HVAC regulations plus the newest products, tools, and methods. Our expertise and commitment to customer satisfaction make us the leading HVAC company in Southern California. To learn more about our equipment, services, and protection plan, book an appointment online or call 833-729-9735.

How to Stop Cigarette Smoke from Coming Through Vents

How to Stop Cigarette Smoke from Coming Through Vents

Air ducts and vents can distribute secondhand smoke throughout a home and from one apartment to another in a building. Cigarette smoke is associated with many health problems, including lung cancer. It may produce an odor and leave behind yellow stains on walls and brownish residue on curtains and drapes. No matter how much deodorizer your spray or vacuuming and cleaning you do, it won’t reach everywhere. Continue reading to learn how to stop cigarette smoke from coming through vents in the first place.

Clean the Vents

To start, it helps to clean the nicotine residue off vents. You’ll need to remove each vent from its fitting and place it in a well-ventilated area. Choose your cleaning solution; mild dish soap will often do (if using a chemical cleaner, wear gloves and safety goggles). Avoid abrasive tools; instead, use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe down the vent. You can clean the slats with a narrow soft brush.

Install a Charcoal Register Vent Filter

Filters with activated charcoal are designed to fit inside vents. Depending on the product, it can trap dirt, dust, and pollen as well as prevent objects from falling into air ducts. One type of vent filter uses a self-charging electrostatic material to attract pollutants. Smoke and other particles become trapped and only filtered, smoke-free air enters your home. 

Seal Vent Gaps with Insulation Padding and Painter’s Tape

Cigarette smoke can also drift in through gaps around air vents, air conditioners, and heaters. This smoke often bypasses any filters. To use insulation padding, tuck it into any gaps and lay it over the surrounding surface; then secure it with painter’s tape. Placing padding and tape isn’t an infrastructure change so won’t violate your lease agreement. But first, talk to your landlord to see if they have a better way to seal gaps.

Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned Professionally

Cigarette smoke is most likely not limited to the vent surface. The chemicals in cigarette smoke can reach remote areas of air ducts. Air duct cleaning helps whether you have a persistent smoke problem, are a smoker, or moving into a home where there were smokers. An HVAC professional is equipped with equipment and cleaning products that can reach where other solutions can’t and effectively break down smoke molecules.

How to Eliminate Cigarette Smoke Odors

Various types of cleaners can work. But you don’t have to use a chemical cleaner. You can wipe the vent down with plain vinegar or a mix of 1 tablespoon of ammonia in 1 cup of water. If this doesn’t work, mix 1 part bleach into 4 parts warm water and soak the vent for a few hours before rinsing it. Let the vent cover dry and reinstall it.

Blocking Smoke from Other Sources

Knowing how to stop cigarette smoke from coming through vents won’t always eliminate a smoke problem. Consider other sources as well, and take action to prevent smoke from continuing to get in. Here are some solutions:

Contact NexGen for Indoor Air Quality Solutions

NexGen can address air quality issues with a range of options. If cigarette smoke, mold, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, or other pollutants are found in your home, we will help make air quality improvements. Air purification and filtration systems can be installed or we can help improve ventilation (duct cleaning, installing dehumidifiers, and furnace repair can help as well). 

To learn more about our indoor air quality services in Southern California and request service, call 833-729-9735 today.