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14 March 2014 @ 01:45 am
smoke filters in windows  
Spring will eventually be upon us, and that means opening windows to let in the fresh air! Except my next-door neighbors smoke on their porch quite often. This results in cigarette or cigar smoke wafting into the closest windows, which happen to be in my living room. The duplexes in this neighborhood are a driveway apart from each other, so we're talking less than 15 feet away. Heck, sometimes the wind will be just right so that the smoke flies down the driveway and into my bedroom window.

My first course of action is to buy furnace air filters and put them in the windows, but I'm not sure there would be adequate air flow through to the living room -- which can become incredibly hot in the summer -- since furnaces force air through those filters. I don't know if that would work.

My second idea is to buy two or three two-directional little window fans to fill each window, put them on the same power strip, and run them whenever the smokers are on their porch, or whenever the room gets too hot.

My third option is to measure the openings of my strangely-sized living room windows and hope I can find a box fan that isn't a half-inch too tall to fit under the moving part of the window, as are the two box fans I already own. If I find such fans, I can put those in the windows facing out and have a fan blowing in at the other end of the house and hope for the best.

Over all, I'd really like to keep costs down for this, both in materials and in electric bills. Has anyone here used furnace filters for this purpose, or found a similar yet better solution to keep cigarette smoke from coming into his or her house through the windows?

Thanks for your help!
They're Coming To Get You Barbara!: Audreylisasimpsonfan on March 14th, 2014 05:56 am (UTC)
Wouldn't it be simpler to just ask the neighbors to not smoke so close to you house? If you ask nicely and explain that the smoke is coming in your windows they might move. It's worth a shot.
Coilette: ride-or-diestr8_edge_4ever on March 14th, 2014 06:45 am (UTC)
I doubt it, since those neighbors hate me and I'm really not comfortable with the idea of talking to them, as I expect I'll be laughed at or screamed at for daring to think I have any control over their behaviour or have any right to my own property or health.
LMF-AOredfield79 on March 14th, 2014 08:41 am (UTC)
My neighbor is three houses down and i still get his smoke. I hate it so much.
Sarcasticia Nitpickerson: personal bloggingtisiphone on March 14th, 2014 08:39 am (UTC)
The reversible fan thing might work (and running the fans so it draws air out of the room is actually good for cooling, too).
rainarana: lucyrainarana on March 14th, 2014 12:14 pm (UTC)
This sounds like the best idea. Check thrift stores as I regularly see them for around $5.
Coilette: offugostr8_edge_4ever on March 14th, 2014 01:07 pm (UTC)
Good thing thrift stores abound in my city. ^__^

I have heard a blowing-out fan is better. I wish my refrigerator & baker's rack could go elsewhere in the kitchen so I could leave the back stairway door & window open & get a long breeze straight through the house. You'd think a room that only gets sunlight at sunset would be a little cooler during the day!
LMF-AOredfield79 on March 14th, 2014 08:40 am (UTC)
I fucking hate smokers. I'm so pleased you've chosen to keep your home free of smoke while your knowingly poisoning your neighbors instead. I have a 9 week old and this past week we had a similar incident with a neighbor. It makes me so angry.
Laura: pic#122812408spoofed on March 14th, 2014 01:01 pm (UTC)
Maybe they haven't chosen to keep their home smoke free but are required by landlords not to smoke inside?
Coilette: gearhipstr8_edge_4ever on March 14th, 2014 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'm the landlord, and I require my tenants to not smoke anywhere on my property. Unfortunately, I can't evict my neighbors.
.hellfire82 on March 14th, 2014 10:54 pm (UTC)
Wait... so they're your tenants, too?
Coilette: binary-kapowstr8_edge_4ever on March 14th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
Oh crap there was a lack of reading comprehension on my part. I didn't catch that redfield's second sentence was sarcastic; I thought she was talking about me.

Edited at 2014-03-14 10:59 pm (UTC)
LMF-AOredfield79 on March 14th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
No...they own it.
Coilette: leelamanstr8_edge_4ever on March 14th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
By the way, the plant nursery I go to is having a sale on a bunch of plants, including buy-one-get-one-free spider plants! Eeee! ^___^ The weather's gonna be nice this afternoon, so there's minimal risk of shocking them.
voyageofdreamsvoyageofdreams on March 14th, 2014 10:53 am (UTC)
What about those ducted AC filters you can buy at Home Depot or lowes? They come in a huge range of sizes and are fairly cheap.
mmhm: eep!supermelanie on March 14th, 2014 03:08 pm (UTC)
I think the window fans would be much more effective than filters. I mean, if you smoke next to something with a filter, it will filter the particles, but not all the smell, know what I mean?

They had those little window fans at my Big Lots this week for cheap. And power strips!

I support your initiative in dealing with your own space. They'd probably think you were rude if you asked them not to smoke on their own porch, and moving farther away may not even help. When the wind is just right (or, just wrong), I get smoke in my living room from my across-the-street neighbors.

Edited at 2014-03-14 03:09 pm (UTC)
Laura: duckyeightydollsyell on March 18th, 2014 04:35 am (UTC)
This. I'd also troll craigslist for them.
Laura: duckyeightydollsyell on March 19th, 2014 03:04 am (UTC)
This. I'd also troll craigslist for them.
a joke that you'd probably enjoy: spainthesunflwr on March 15th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
No solutions, unfortunately, but I can sympathize. The guy who lives in the condo next to me constantly smokes on his front porch, and when my windows are open, he might as well be smoking right in the middle of my living room. (We both own our units.) The owner on the other side of him has tried to complain, but apparently there's nothing in the bylaws that can stop him from smoking on his own property.

I've tried fans, air purifiers, fragrance sprays, candles, etc. Eventually, I just accepted that I can't open the front windows unless I see his car isn't in the driveway. On the plus side, at least he doesn't smoke inside, which would route the smoke right through to my vents.

Edited at 2014-03-15 12:12 am (UTC)
Aiko Yoshidabonanzajelybean on March 15th, 2014 06:43 am (UTC)
Ugh. Fuck smoking. Rarely it comes into my house from who knows where and it makes me feel nauseous. I used to smoke, and smokers just have NO clue how much the smell travels and just reeks. I couldn't even use a toilet stall yesterday after a smoker used it.

You are very mature and kind, handling this with a lot of grace. Props.