Post # 1
We bought our split-level house a year ago, and last year we didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. We have had a very cold, harsh winter, but recently it has been warming up. Within the past few weeks, we have noticed it looks hazy or smokey in our house. It is in every room we go in to as well.
I have cleaned the windows, so it isn’t that. Nothing smells like smoke (and I assume if it was smoke we would have died already), and we have asked the neighbors if they have the same issues, and they don’t. DH and I are just both at a loss! We have done some research, but can’t see to find anything to help us. Anyone know what this could be?
As we speak, I have the windows open for the first time this winter just to see if it clears the air. I don’t know if this matters, but our house is also very dry, and we have a humidifier coming next week Tuesday to see if that fixes the issue (even if it doesn’t, we need it anyway).
Post # 2
Do you burn a lot of candles? Have you changed the filter on your heater recently? (usually needs it once a month,depending on the system) Do you have a fireplace or a woodburning stove?
Post # 3
megz06: Are you sure that it is dry inside your house? Have you tested the humidity level? Sometimes you can get a haze, it’s just like fog really, when the warm moist air in the house condenses on cool windows. The same thing can cause condensation on the inside of the glass.
Post # 4
Is there any chance it could just be dust? Thats usually the explanation where I live.
Post # 5
Here its just normally dust that causes a haze in the home. We have air purifiers in the house to help take care of it.
Post # 6
ItWasntMe: I wish I could blame it on one of those suggestions, but I don’t burn candles, we have base board heat (so no filter), and no fireplace or wood burning stove 🙁
julies1949: We have a little temperature/humidity reader and it read in the 20s for humidity. Plus every time we pet our poor dog we shock him all the time. Same with me brushing my hair. That’s why next week we are receiving a humidifer we just bought because we need ti put moisture in it seems.
Tigerlilybride: We have a very hairy dog, but he’s been that way forever. I mean, it probably could be dust, but I’m 35 weeks pregnant, and so we have been deep cleaning the house which included washing the windows, wiping the heaters, scrubbing the walls, and vacuuming/dusting.
waitingforthering2: Maybe an air purifier is something we need to try perhaps 🙂
Post # 7
megz06: Have you been listening to Jimi Hendrix or Bob Marley? Is it a….purple haze? Just kidding. I have no idea.
Post # 8
Is there perhaps something wrong with your baseboard heating? Like is it burning debris or electrical wires or something weird? =\ I have no idea.
Post # 9
Its probably not this, but do you have a carbon monoxide detector? I dont think CO is something that you could see, but I would want to rule it out anyways.
Post # 10
That was my thought, maybe some kind of non lethal gas leak?
Post # 11
Did you ever figure out what was causing the haze? We have had the exact same thing happening the last two winters and I’m thinking it may be related to dry air, but it is definitely some sort of particulate because the flame on our gas stove burns orange when it is hazy in our house– it’s buring something! But the haze is so fine, it’s not dust particles. ugh.
Post # 12
Have you check the crawlspace if there is haze in there too, in case it is coming from stuff in crawlspacec/ground?
Post # 13
megz06 : megz06 : megz06 :
megz06 : you probably already have a small ultrasonic humidifier in your house and are buying a big whole house humidifier. I am just going to guess this assumption since you mentioned a cold winter and dry house. Also, (even though it can happen with tap water) you are probably on a well. With an ultrasonic humidifier, it uses a frequency to disrupt the water and cause it to mist into the air. Great idea but with this, it takes whatever is in the water with it. Such as all of its minerals. These minerals can float in the air to cause this smoke like fog. No smell. And usually only noticed with sunlight through a window. If left for a while, white dust can accumulate on your furniture.
Maybe I am wrong. I am just having a few beers at the bar. Maybe I didn’t think it through. Lol good day!