Something Died in Our Ductwork

I’ve been working from home for the past 6 weeks.

It’s been really nice, because all my work can be done from my laptop, which I move to different areas of the house depending on how I’m feeling.

The other day, while I was working from the chair in my living room, I caught a bad whiff of something. I paused what I was doing, and inhaled deeply. Although it was odd, it smelled like a hamster house. We don’t own any hamsters or any rodents at all for that matter. I got up from the chair and smelled it. It wasn’t the chair. I got down on all fours and smelled the carpet, but that wasn’t it either. As I began sniffing everything in my living room, it hit me what I was smelling. Something had died in our ductwork. We hadn’t been using our AC or furnace for a few days because the outside temperatures were perfect. However, we had just turned on the AC due to a temperature increase. Whatever died in our ductwork was emanating a horrid smell and coming out through the air vents. I called my husband immediately and told him about the HVAC situation at hand. He was skeptical about what I was telling him, but I convinced him to hire an HVAC professional right away. Sure enough, they found a dead mouse hidden in the ductwork when they came to examine our HVAC system. I’m so glad I can breathe fresh air again.