For a long time I just lived with the fact that my house smelled like burnt hair.
Anytime the heating system kicked on, the burnt hair smell lingered in my air quality. I hated the odor but would eventually get used to it. The problem was I never wanted to have people over in the winter because I was so embarrassed by the smell. That finally gave me the kick in the butt I needed. I started researching what could be the cause of that foul smell in my home. I change my furnace filters every month to ensure there is no dust in them. I vacuumed out the inside and outside of my heating equipment to catch any left over debris or hair. Turns out the issue was in my ductwork. My ductwork was apparently coated in dust, dirt and hair. Once the heating system turned on, it would go in those polluted air ducts and cause the house to stink. Getting ductwork cleaning was easy, cheap and fixed my problem. The HVAC technician just stuck a giant hose up in the air ducts to suck out all the dirt. It was a really quick and gentle process. Back in the old days the contractors used to use a scrub brush and potentially damage the seams of the ducts. These professionals now hardly need to do a thing. Now that I have clean ductwork, I don’t have the awful smell and I don’t sneeze half as much in the morning. The cleaner air quality has helped with a lot of things.