I love my Grandparents, and I admit that their outdated farm beach house has a particular sense of charm to it, but I don’t like the inconsistent indoor air conditions. It doesn’t matter what season it is, you can’t expect to have the same air temperature from room to room at any given time. When the inevitable Wintertime freeze arrives in July, the gas gas furnace and wood stove run in tandem. The areas downstairs near the stove and in the rooms with air vents close to the air handler for the gas furnace are nice and toasty. But walk somewhere upstairs and you think like you’ve walked outside. My Grandparents have grown accustomed to this complication and get by on a area furnace setup in their upstairs dining room and an additional 1 running in the adjacent lavatory. But the walk from the dining room door, through the hallway, and down the stairs to the sizzling first floor is particularly frigid. I did some research on ways to improve my Grandparents’ Heating and Air Conditioning system to make it more efficient and have better heat distribution in the Wintertime and cool air in the warm season. I read that you can install dampers in ventilation systems that control how much treated air is sent to each individual room. For instance, if more of your heart is getting lost in the room closest to the gas furnace on the duct layout, dampers can be installed ahead of the vents in those nearby rooms. The dampers block additional heat from leaving the ducts in those location so it can continue traveling to the rest of the house. Now that their ventilation system is replaced, my Grandparents have a much warmer upstairs. There’s still a bit of a temperature discrepancy because of the exhausting insulation in their outdated house, however the improvement is important.
February 19, 2021
February 19, 2021