Return vent issues

The aged condo I inherited from my parents has been a labor of love.

Sadly, both passed away within a few weeks of each other last February.

As weird as it was, they both died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from years of smoking cigarettes. Thankfully, that is a single habit I avoided completely. Yet, I’m reminded of it everyday as I keep trying to repaint all of the slowly greened white walls all throughout the 4 bedroom home. Their plumbing wasn’t up to code & there was a partial blockage from root destruction, where tree roots literally grow into & split PVC or metal piping. None of these fixes were cheap, although I was lucky to have some money left from the inheritance to get the condo to a place where it would be comfortable for me. That also meant replacing all of the flimsy crank style windows with brand new, energy efficient double pane glass windows. These drastically improve the performance of the central heating & cooling system. The other part I wanted to adjust to increase Heating & Air Conditioning performance was the location of the return vent. Before, it was at floor level & struggled to keep good circulation throughout the house. Now, I have many return vents on the ceiling in different zones of the house, drastically increasing efficiency simply from distributing the load across multiple lines instead of a single. I ended up having to update the ductwork really since the modifications would have been too difficult otherwise, constantly opening the option of damaging the existing ventilation when trying to add more. The cost in the end was well over $5,000 because of the size of this house.

 

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