I’ve always enjoyed to bake, and frequently have been asked to provide cakes, cookies and other treats for multiple occasions. My activity has gradually grown into a small, apartment business. I now bake for anniversaries, holiday parties, showers, graduation parties and a wide variety of events. To handle the growing demand, I needed to make some improvements to my family room. I ended up knocking out the wall between the family room and family room in order to expand and create sufficient room for a commercial sized cooler and oven. I also invested in a better mixer, baking sheets, bowls and utensils. I thought I had everything covered until my family started to complain. During the Summer weeks, all that baking overheated the house and created absolutely uncomfortable and sticky conditions. In the winter, with the windows closed slim and the furnace running, the cooking odors spread throughout the home. I finally consulted with a local Heating and Air Conditioning contractor to resolve these problems. He suggested the addition of a central cooling plan and a heat recovery ventilator. I also updated the whole plan to zone control. The cooling system combats the added heat from the ovens, maintaining a nice, cool home. The zone control allows myself and others to target extra cooling to the family room without impacting the whole house. The best investment was truly the ventilation system, which brings in fresh air and expels stale air. It effectively gets rid of baking odors and excessive humidity, improves overall comfort and protects indoor air conditions. I will now need to do a lot of baking to recover the cost of all of these updates.