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Leaving apartment building vacant for 2 months in NOV-DEC

  • 26-10-2022 12:56pm
    Registered Users Posts: 25

     I live in an urban area that has constant chimneys pumping out "smokeless" fires all evening.

    Essentially , the neighbourhood smells like a chimney this time of year after nightfall.

    I have trickle vents on all the window but the smell from outside air pollution seeps into the flat if I leave them open.

    Worried about coming home to all the curtains and furniture stinking.

    Is there any other potential risks to having the windows closed up for up those 2 months?

    Dampness is the other obvious worry. I have purchased about a dozen of those damp trap boxes in the hope to offset it somewhat.

    I feel like its a toss up between a damp/mouldy flat or one that has lingering chimney smoke saturated into the furniture/curtains.

    Thanks in advance lads.


  • Registered Users Posts: 518 ✭✭✭mike_2009

    Do you have remote control of your heating / a minimum temp set for it to come on when you're away? A dehumidifier and a CCTV camera on your wifi plus a smart plug for the dehumidifier would be worth looking into if you can plumb the dehumidifier as you won't be around to empty it, you can then set a schedule. You just need to be able to monitor humidity remotely (sensorpush & gateway?) and a bit of if/then/that to kick it in if it gets too humid. Do the walls have vents / is there mechanical ventilation? Some conditioned airflow would be good to keep things a bit fresher.