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High level of dust and black soot in house .two person,no smoking or pets.outside shoes removed when entering house.house and system is seven years old.

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This answer is only if you do not have a gas furnace. I have had several customers with brand new homes and units with black soot everywhere. One even tried to sue us even though the system we installed was all electric. Well it turns out they each were burning candles in there home. Yes candles. Our builder hired an independent inspector. The candles all came from the same name brand department store.

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Is this an older gas heat unit? If so, you may have a burnt out heat exchanger, this can be dangerous.

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