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Is there any "green" way to get rid of cigarette smoke coming out of an air conditioner vent? I live in an upstairs apt. and person below smokes and it comes thru my AC vents and I have serious sensitivity to it. I've sprayed with vinegar, used lemons, but nothing seems to help.
Rhonda from River Ridge, LA
try putting a dryer fabric softener sheet in the vent.
First, let's get our terminology clear. Smoke can be seen. An aroma can't be seen. So what your are getting is cigarette aroma, not smoke. If there is an aroma, then all aromas from below will come through, such as cooking aromas and such. Why the lower apartment's out-take vents would connect to your AC vents is a problem with the building's venting system, and can be correcting.
Otherwise, I suggest using Renuzit Super Odor Neutralizer. It works very well. You can find it at Target and many supermarkets. Alternatively, try Zero Odor at www.zeroodorpet.com . It's pricier, but it leaves no aroma.
Putting anything in the AC may decrease its efficiency and use more electricity, thus higher rent.
I use electric air cleaners that I bought in the grocery store. They cost about $20 but really clean my air. The other thing would be to try to get a filter, like hepa filters and tape it onto your vents. i guess you live in a house apartment and your thermostat is all in one. i am sure they could put another air conditioner unit in for your apartment too.
I lived over a 90 year old chain smoker last year and had to get a room air cleaner to deal with the smoke/smell.
hi, i bought some wonder wafers on ebay, they smell pretty good, they must be new out. give um a try.!!!
I've been having the same problem, with smoke from a downstairs apt. coming thru the A/C vent and into my apt.
I'm still left with clothing, bedding, carpets and walls that smell. Will try some of the suggestions I've read here.
This has made me incredibly ill and more chemically sensitive to other odors. I pray for people who smoke as I know that part of my own problem is that I used to be a smoker, and now have some COPD (emphysema).
Smoke affects children (as well as adults) in drastic ways: Upper respiratory emergencies (like "croup"), hyperactivity and attention (focusing) problems, irritability and even rage attacks, anxiety, depression, etc., are among but a few of the possible problems.
I live in an apartment upstairs too! It's the worst ever! On a hot day when you close all the windows and turn the air conditioner my whole apartment smells like Ive been chain smoking! It's horrible~ I've been complaining everyday.
Im experiencing similar problems and am going to call an outside HVAC rep to look and give suggestions.
Worst comes to worst, if my breathing air is going to be polluted, I can also pollute the polluters air.
Yes. I live at Village at the Lake apartments in Spring Lake, NC. The management SUCKS. I am severely allergic to such things as cigarette smoke. They wont help in this matter regarding a couple of downstairs neighbors smoking too close to the building, causing smoke fumes to get sucked in the outside AC units.
It is not merely an "aroma." Cigarette stank is DEADLY! Your "suggestions" of trying air freshener is beyond ludicrous!!! Nothing will remove nicotine from any part of a home, inside or outside. Once it's in your home (curtains, walls, furniture, belongings, etc.), it is there to stay. Now, there may be things a person can do to lessen the smell, but... if you are highly sensitive or allergic to the stuff, there is NOTHING you can do to make living in your current home healthier or more enjoyable.
It needs to be stopped in apartments because it is shared living we need to take it to the MPS to stop this happening. Imagine I have a neighbour who hardly ever opens windows.
Can a solicitor do anything to help
Put a box fan in front of the vent. Its air stream is stronger than drifting smoke and will blow it right back.
I just moved in and it turns out my firebox is cracked and the guy that lives next door is a heavy smoker! He uses his fireplace as a ashtray. I have used candles and sprays and I can't seam to get the smell out. I have called the apt office and they have "fixed" the box. But the smell still is coming through. What do I do?
By Mickey g
One of the downsides to apartment dwelling, in addition to noise, is that odors from adjoining apartments can find their way into yours. This is a page about smoke odors in my apartment from neighbors.