I use special charcoal HVAC filters since I cook multiple times each day

I love cooking my own meals.

Not only can I cook healthy food exactly the way I like it, I also save a lot of money on meals each week.

Even if you shop the dollar or value menu at fast food restaurants everyday, your meal costs for the month can get outrageous. That number only gets worse when you factor in drinks like soda and coffee. My coffee expenses have never been lower. I get a large jar of espresso mix for just over $2 with tax and it lasts me for two weeks. This is for a guy who drinks three to four cups of coffee everyday. Since I eat a lot of cheap rice and beans, my food expenses are similar. I can make a $7 package of meat last for at least a week or more if I make sure to cook side dishes that pad out each meal. It’s nice being able to freeze leftover servings together and take them to work for lunch. But as much as I prefer my home cooking, it doesn’t come without drawbacks. First of all, it takes a lot of time to cook for myself. If you’re cooking for more than one person, this can take even longer. That’s why many people opt to order out whenever they’re eating lunch or dinner. But the one thing I hate the most is the effect my cooking has on my indoor air. I live in a small condo so any smoke or steam gets easily recirculated through the air system and travels from room to room. And any food with lots of oil and heavy aromas also gets recirculated through my home’s ventilation system. It collects on your air filters and leaves behind orangish stains. However, you can buy special filters coated with activated charcoal crystals that trap odors while the a/c cycles. This prevents food odors from constantly recirculating through your indoor air.

 

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