I’ve always enjoyed baking treats for my family and friends.
A few years ago, I started getting asked to supply cookies, cakes and other baked goods for all sorts of occasions.
Baking for baby showers, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and office parties has turned into a small business. Because I work out of my home, I needed to invest in some upgrades to my kitchen. I tore out the wall between the kitchen and dining room to increase square footage, and then bought a commercial sized oven, cooler and mixer. One of the biggest issues was the heat from the oven and the odors. My home is equipped with a forced air furnace and central cooling system. There is one thermostat to control temperature for the entire home. The system is too old to accommodate zone control. If I catered to the needs of the kitchen, the rest of the house was freezing cold. I consulted with a local HVAC contractor for a recommendation. He suggested that I invest in a ductless mini-split for the kitchen. The ductless heat pump was installed within a couple of hours and required no major renovation. There is a compact outdoor compressor linked to a permanently mounted air handler on the wall. The ductless mini-split provides both heating and cooling capacity and strictly targets the kitchen. I make adjustments to operation through an app on my phone. Despite the small size of the equipment, it’s plenty powerful enough to handle demand. The kitchen is now nice and cool without affecting any other room. Plus, the ductless system features multi-stage filtration, which combats odors and air contaminants, such as flour and dust. The kitchen remains cleaner and my family doesn’t complain about the constant smell of cookies baking.