Smoke damage and odor are difficult to eliminate from homes. Whether from heavy indoor cigarette smoke or smoke damage from a house fire, smoke lingers in the home long after the flame is extinguished. Smoke will adhere to walls and surface material easily in the form of tar and sometimes a yellowish resin. Removing the accompanying odor can take some time depending on how heavy the damage is. However, erasing a lingering smoke odor that has circulated through the home via air vents can be accomplished without consulting a professional fire restoration service.
Causes of Smoke Smells in your Home
It is likely that after the summer, you will encounter a smoke like odor coming from your vents. This is because, if the furnace is not in use, dust enters it. Dust is the first thing your HVAC system has to burn, and where the smell of smoke comes from. It usually only lasts about an hour. The burning smell will actually decrease much faster if you proceed with the following steps:
If You Smell Smoke
- Stay calm
- Clean off your furnace
- Clean your air vents
- Change out furnace filters regularly
- Clean out your ducts
- Contact an HVAC professional
Do Not Panic
Remain calm when you notice a burning smell inside of your home. This is crucial when avoiding a fire hazard.
Open Your Vents
If you’ve ever been concerned about heating costs, you’ve probably closed some of the heating vents in your home. Although this may sound like a good idea, the warm air that builds up in the furnace is due to the closure of too many vents. You should start counting how many vents are opened immediately after you smell smoke. If a fifth of the vents in your home are closed; open more vents to prevent more hot air from building inside the furnace.
Clean out Clogged Filters and Ducts
The burning odor comes specifically from furnaces whose filters are clogged with dirt. When you change these filters regularly, a furnace runs more efficiently. Also, ducts that are not often cleaned can give off a smell of smoke, as well. You don’t necessarily have to change them, but you should clean them regularly. If the smell continues, seek help from HVAC professionals who provide duct cleaning and other preventive services.