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Question DetailsAsked on 9/7/2011

How do I vent pet odor out of a basement room without losing heat this winter?

Our tri-level has a number of critters in cages and sometimes the cages can get smelly. We've been venting the air through two powerful window fans but that won't work this winter. Is there a way to vent through the wall without losing heat from the room? I'm afraid the smell will begin to permeate the whole house...

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The Activtek “Air Scrubber” is designed to help eliminate indoor air quality problems by reducing pet & cooking odors, air pollutants, smoke, mold, bacteria and viruses. A good way to think of the Air Scrubber is like having a can of Lysol being sprayed without the smell and residue.

One of my customer that installed the air scrubber was for cooking odors he loves fish and curry. Just not the smell. I believe so much in this product that we offer a 30 day money back guarantee, if he do not like it we would remove it and refund his money. No questions asked. Kevin called him up after the 30 days and asked how he liked it. He loves it and bought another for his mother.

Oh by the way I have 3 cats and anyone that comes to my home is 100% surprised. You can not smell the litter boxes.

Kappl Heating & Air Conditioning
Canoga Park CA


Answered 9 years ago by cloughman


do not know how your system is set up as far as your return air is situated but the best way is to isolate the room in question from the rest of the house and use a srubber in that room but if you can not isolate the room you have to invest in a hi end air fitering system for your air conditioning unit with a ultra voilet light back up to garrantee no smell or bacterias will excape to the whole house.

Ray Gonzalez from koolray heating and air

clarksville, tn 37042

Source: http://www.koolray heating and

Answered 9 years ago by Raymond Gonzalez


I've never used the Activtec air scrubber nor do I know enough to comment on it. For about 20 years now I've used a product that creates ozone and generates negitive and positive ions to eliminate odors created by pets or many other hazardous chemicals and nasties.Instead of going into how it works. you can go onto my website to see how the thing works and how to purchase the product that fits your needs...The company is

now called Vollara. 20 years ago it was called Alpine, then Ecoquest but

the product is basically the same but the product line is quite extensive

covering all sorts of health products from water to air. Anyway the website After log in its pretty customer

friendly. Any questions e-mail me at

I hope this will help you as much as its helped me thru the years.

Ralph Little

Little Heating & Cooling

Haymarket, Va

Answered 9 years ago by ralph little


All the major HVAC manufacturers' design different types and of air purification equipment as an add-on to your heating and air-conditioning equipment. A few of them were listed in the previous post. What I would suggest you do, if you're having trouble determining which brand or type to use in your application, is to have a Heat Recovery or Energy Recovery Ventilator installed in your home. They are the same piece of equipment designed with slightly differences for slightly different climates. Your location will determine the applicable unit. Not only will it reduce odors in the airstream but they are designed to condition that outdoor air before it's released into the house. This not only helps to maintain your comfort level but reduce your HVAC equipment operating expenses because it keeps the A/C and heater off for a longer period of time, in the off cycle.


Answered 9 years ago by Stans HVAC

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