Older home has an ancient heating system

When my husband and I moved our family into a new, much larger home, we had quite a bit of work ahead of us.

Our new home was extremely old and very few renovations had been done over the years.

All of the windows needed to be replaced and there was no insulation in the walls. The walls were constructed of plaster and most of them were cracked and crumbling. One of the biggest problems was the heating system. There was a giant and ancient forced air heating system installed in the basement. The unit was connected to floor vents throughout the first floor of the house. In the living room there was a huge metal grate in the middle of the floor that provided the main source of heat. To warm up, the kids would frequently stand over his grate, and I worried they’d get burned. The metal would become dangerously hot. The kids frequently lost small toys down the holes of the grate. While the grate and vents provided a decent amount of hot air, the house was always chilly on very cold winter days. That old heater simply couldn’t keep up with demand. Plus, the cold air and musty smell from the basement also wafted up through the floor vents. I couldn’t wait to tear out that old heater and close up all the floor vents. We then needed to figure out a way to heat the home. We weren’t ready to get into tearing down all of the plaster walls, which eliminated the installation of a duct system. After consulting with a local HVAC contractor, we chose a high velocity heating and cooling system. The much smaller diameter, flexible ducts are designed to snake into existing walls without damage.

 

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