Learning the ductwork needs of our old house

When we bought our 70s-built home, we did expect to do several upgrades.

One of the biggest changes we made was with the ductwork.

We wanted to have a furnace installed and even called an HVAC tech from the local heating industry to help assess the house and make recommendations. However, it proved more challenging than we thought. The HVAC serviceman mentioned that we could easily install a heat pump because it wouldn’t need any ducts. Made me wish we had bought the alternative house, though smaller, that only needed some heating repair and duct sealing. While going ductless sounded enticing, we wanted to have that option in our home; it felt more assuring than fully relying on new heating technology we still needed to experience. Our determination led us to the heating dealer, who told us it would be expensive but possible to do the ducts for a central heating system. The ducts ran through the attic and the basement areas, all connecting back to the heating device with ease. The installation came with a digital thermostat, saving us some money. It was an extensive project for us, but we all go to the highest extremes when we want something. The cleaning work afterward was less stressful than I imagined. The only place we had to find a mini split AC for was the detached garage my husband wanted to use as his home office, away from all the noise and chaos our toddlers wreck in the house. To ease our heating maintenance scheduling, we signed up for the local HVAC business home services, so we ended up being serviced during the same period as our neighbors.

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