I’ve been starting to cook a lot more lately now that I’m home often.
When I was working out of the house and driving 15 miles to get to my job everyday, I stopped a lot for coffee and food at varying times of the day.
It wasn’t until I started working remotely last year and staying home for days on end before I realized how much money I was spending on drinks and food every week while I was out of the house. And when I compared those costs to what I was spending at the grocery store to eat at home, I was shocked at how much I was now saving. Just making my coffee at home ended up saving me upwards to $45 a month. When I factored in the cost of fast food and take out, it was shocking to see the waste. But all of my home cooking hasn’t come without a price, albeit one I would have never anticipated ahead of time. Apparently a lot of grease is going airborne from all of the stir frying I’m doing in my kitchen. My heating and cooling technician showed me the orange hue of my air conditioner filter the last time he was here servicing the HVAC system. He recommended using a denser filter to prevent any excess grease from reaching the inside of the air handler. I’m also getting price quotes on adding a ventilation hood above my stovetop to pull all of the steam and vapors out of my house so they’re not always going into my air return and through the a/c filter. This will lengthen the life of each filter and add another layer of protection between the grease and my evaporator coil.