My grandfather loved his cigarettes.
In the summer, he would spend time seated on the porch enjoying himself.
After years of insisting he quit, my grandma had learned to live with it. Since he could smoke outside in summer, there wasn’t too much cigarette odor in the house. The issue came in winter when he couldn’t go out as much to smoke. The smell of smoke in the house was always causing a fight between him and my grandma. After reading a particular article, I decided to change their air conditioning unit. I’d read that a quality HVAC could help get rid of the smoke smell in the house. My grandma was so happy with the new AC system since it was a better model. I got an aircon expert to come and install it for her. On top of that, I had the air ducts cleaned out. It had been some time since the last cleaning since the air vents were filthy. Grandpa told me he hoped it would work since he didn’t want to keep arguing with my grandma. The HVAC mechanic took time installing the AC then helped my grandparent know how to use it. He showed them how to ventilate the home using ‘ventilation mode.’ He also encouraged my grandpa to pick a particular room in the house where he’d smoke. That would isolate the smell in that room and not spread it all over the place. We hoped to bring peace between them in winter when the AC was in ‘heat mode’ often. About two weeks later, I got a call from my grandmother. She sounded happy and told me the air conditioner was working. On a nice day, she’d open the windows for a little while and put the HVAC system on ‘ventilation.’ It got rid of most of the smell, leaving her house smelling better than before.