Don’t put your dirty boots near the intake vent please

Our grown son has moved back in with us.

With the recession going on he lost his job and has been having a lot of trouble finding a new job.

Our home has a nice big basement so we allowed him to turn that into his own bachelor pad for the time being. After all, the basement is a finished basement. The HVAC vents go down there. It even has its own little bathroom. In truth, we bought this house 2 years ago because we were planning to turn the basement into an in-law suit for my mother-in-law. Sadly, she passed away before this could happen. So we were thrilled that our son could use it. We were even more thrilled when our son got a job working at a dairy farm a few months after he moved in. The problem started shortly thereafter. It seems that no matter where I am in the house I can smell cow crap. At first I thought it was because of dirty laundry but it persisted even after I did all of the laundry. It wasn’t until yesterday that I figured out the problem. The intake vent for the whole home HVAC system is in the basement. Our son has been putting his dirty, nasty boots on a shelf right in front of the intake vent. No wonder the whole house stinks. I changed the filter and moved the shelf outdoors. Then I washed all of the rugs downstairs. From now on, the boots are to stay outside of the house. Period. I might have to get our ductwork cleaned now though. I can still smell the smell. However, it could be in my mind.