I’ve always loved to bake, and frequently have been asked to provide cakes, cookies and other treats for various occasions. My hobby has gradually grown into a small, home business. I now bake for weddings, holiday parties, showers, graduation parties and a wide variety of events. To handle the growing demand, I needed to make some improvements to my kitchen. I ended up knocking out the wall between the dining room and kitchen 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 months, all that baking overheated the house and created very uncomfortable and sticky conditions. In the winter, with the windows closed tight and the furnace running, the cooking odors spread throughout the home. I finally consulted with a local HVAC contractor to resolve these problems. He suggested the addition of a central cooling system and a heat recovery ventilator. I also updated the whole system to zone control. The air conditioner combats the added heat from the ovens, maintaining a nice, cool home. The zone control allows me to target extra cooling to the kitchen without impacting the whole house. The best investment was definitely 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 quality. I will now need to do a lot of baking to recover the cost of all of these updates.