I live in an apartment on the top floor. It's the dream apartment for me except for the heavy cooking smell from neighbors entering the unit. I believe the main culprit is the bathroom fan without manual control, it has a motion detector and runs for hours whenever sees any light or movement. The smell was tolerable the summer since we kept our windows open, fresh airflow.
It's now winter, and we keep the windows closed. When the bathroom fan runs, it creates suction, pulling air into the unit from wherever it can.
I detected two sources of air coming in:
- The breaker box in the entrance (on the shared wall with another unit)
- Range hood duct (poorly sealed, duct shares a common "box" on the rooftop with other units)
The smell does enter through the range hood duct even when the bathroom fan is off. So far maintenance only interested in hood duct exit, and installed a second flap to prevent air from coming into my unit to that said box, no difference. There were talks about installing a backdraft motor on the rooftop as well, but at this point, I'm pretty sure I'm being ignored and not confident to press on this since "smell" is hard to prove.
Since I'm on a rented property, I want to address these with light, reversible modifications. My ideas are:
- Breaker box:
- Range hood:
Does this sound like a good plan to you? Are there any fire/safety codes that I'm missing, or some alternative that would work better?