Baking started out as an enjoyable hobby for me.
I liked to create homemade muffins, cookies, cakes, breads and pies and offer them to my friends, family, neighbors and coworkers.
Word of mouth got around and suddenly I was getting phone calls, asking me to bake treats for wedding showers, baby showers, anniversary parties, birthday parties, office get togethers, graduation celebrations and holiday parties. This quickly grew into a rather successful small business. I needed to make some upgrades to my home kitchen. I invested in a commercial stove, refrigerator, freezer and mixer. I spent some money on bigger and better quality utensils and pans. I also needed to make improvements to our heating and cooling system. I now bake all year round. During the summer, I was heating up the house and putting a lot of extra strain on the air conditioner. In the winter, the kitchen was nice and warm while the rest of the house felt rather chilly. We definitely needed to update to zoned control. Plus, I needed some way to combat the smell. While the smell of baking cookies and pies is very pleasant, no one wants to enjoy it all the time. My kids were unhappy that their bedrooms smelled like cake. My husband didn’t like heading to work with the smell on his clothes. I consulted with an HVAC contractor who recommended a ventilation system that brings in a constant supply of fresh air to replace the stale air. It helps to improve indoor air quality and get rid of excess humidity. Because it is a heat recovery ventilator, it also has decreased the workload of the furnace and saves us money.