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Can You Remove Cigarette Smoke Odors From A Home?

Whether you’re a longtime homeowner or are still shopping around for a brand new house, odors matter!

One particular odor prone to permeating and lingering in a home: the smell of cigarette smoke. Both indoor cigarette residue and smoke from other sources can cause odors to stick to an area, particularly clinging to walls and other surfaces. Getting rid of the scent may be quite a difficult task if the levels of smoke were particularly heavy. There are a number of reasons to remove the source of nicotine odors in the home:

  • When not being directly inhaled, smoke leaves behind dust particles that will stay in the air for a long time. These make their way into your HVAC system, leaving ash particles and other contaminants in the dust to be continuously re-circulated throughout your home. The longer it continues to circulate, the more difficult it becomes to remove.
  • The odor will also cling to furniture, rugs, curtains, and even clothing.
  • There’s also the risk of infiltration in which the dust particles coming through the air vents are directly inhaled into the lungs.

How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smoke Odors

If you are currently on the hunt for a new home and you immediately notice the lingering scent of smoke in your dream home, don’t be deterred. A little odor should not get in the way of our decision. There are a number of ways to get that stake cigarette smoke under control:

  1. The first thing: air out your house as best you can. Immediately throw open all the windows and strategically place fans at certain sections to direct the flow of air outdoors.
  2. Cigarette smoke is known to stick to fabric, so if you notice that your curtains are still carrying the scent, toss them into the washing machine. Consider doing one cycle with a vinegar mixture and then another cycle with your usual water and detergent to ensure that the odor dissipates.
  3. One of the most important steps to eliminate the smell is to change the air filters. Furnace filters trap all the dust and contaminants inside, and if the filter is already filled with them, changing them out can make a big difference. When you purchase a new home, a thorough furnace cleaning will include a filter change and possibly some other recommendations from your technicians.
  4. Mix some hot water and vinegar to wipe down all affected appliances in order to sterilize them.
  5. If your walls and ceilings still carry smoke residue, a little ammonia mixture is a tried and true method of reducing the stains that cigarette smoke will leave behind.
  6. Improve your indoor air quality. In addition to a high-quality furnace filter, you may want to consider investing in a whole-house humidifier. This won’t eliminate the scent, but it should give you an additional leg up on your air quality and comfort (An air purifier can also help to reduce airborne virus transmission in the home.)

Air Duct Cleaning

Most importantly, if the nicotine odor is particularly severe, wiping down doors, baseboards, and airing out rooms can only do so much for removing odors. Your home’s air filters and air ducts are where a majority of the chemicals in the smoke may cling to. Clearing out air ducts can be a difficult task, involving an array of brushes and vacuums that are extended into the ducts, along with the application of certain chemicals to remove contaminants.

The good news: help is on the way! Ask your Northern Heating and Air technicians for information on installing an ultra-violet light for cleaner air. The UV Air Purifier with AirBRIGHT™ Odor Absorption can be installed in the ductwork of your HVAC system to reduce airborne odors, toxic chemical vapors, germs and mold. The air cleaner’s UV light and activated carbon cells reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Call us directly at (518) 745-0401, or contact us online for more information about how we can help remove stale cigarette smoke odors and nicotine odors from your home, leaving you with cleaner, purer, fresher air!