Washington, DC

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“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering if any of your readers have used positive pressure to keep cigarette smoke from neighbors out of their rowhouse. I know you have discussed neighbors’ smoke seeping into adjacent rowhouses before, and I have tried many of the suggestions from your readers, like plugging outlets, caulking, and using HEPA filters, but there is often still cigarette smoke coming into my house from the neighboring rowhouse. I do not have an HVAC system (I have window units and radiators), but I was thinking of installing one to create positive pressure in my house, which I’ve read about online as a possible solution to smoke coming through walls. Has anyone actually tried this and had success?”


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