Finding out that my ductwork is insulated

I had just bought a new house, but contrary to my expectations, I was worried to no end.

There was a home inspection done before I made the final decision on the house, but my crazy work schedule had me out of state the week of the inspection so I wasn’t present and only saw the report at the end.

I had several concerns with a few things regarding plumbing and air conditioning. Things I wasn’t confident had been covered by the initial inspection since I saw nothing about them in the report. But, I was due out of my apartment and had to make a decision quickly or I’d be without a home to move into. I decided to have my own inspection done after moving in to ensure nothing is missed as I begin my new life here. Although the plumbing concerns were easy enough to address with a local handyman, I made sure to call an HVAC maintenance and supply company to inspect my heating and cooling system. I wanted to make sure there was no visible damage to the ductwork that would compromise the efficacy of the entire system. Not only was my ductwork in great shape, but I learned something new that I had never come across in my years living in one place or another. Instead of leaving the ductwork and insulation exposed to the inside of my attic, drywall was laid down overtop to cover everything and then one inch thick plywood was used to seal the drywall to create a literal floor in the attic. Not only does it add more storage utility to the rarely used space, but it also assured me that my ductwork is safely insulated.
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Installing an improperly sized air handler

This created an effect where the metal surface got colder to the touch and more susceptible to condensation drips

The new climate I was forced to move to has led to a tough transitional period. I literally went from one extreme to the other with seasonal weather and temperatures. Fortunately, I rarely used an air conditioner living so far up north. We even had dry summers for the most part with lots of wind to make the warm seasons mild and enjoyable. By contrast, living down south means I’m tied to air conditioning and cannot be extricated from it. Walking around in 105 degree weather just to get from my car into a shopping mall is formidable to say the least. Since I use my central air conditioner at home so much, I decided that I would buy a larger and stronger air handler to keep it colder with less energy to get it down to those lower temperatures. I ran that new machine like crazy, but I wasn’t noticing a big difference in cooling effects inside my house. Everything seemed to be as uncomfortably warm as always. That’s what led to me getting a second opinion. The second technician explained that unless I had also replaced the ductwork to handle the extra load from a larger air handler, there was nowhere for all of that extra cold air to go but to settle within the air handler as the machine ran. This created an effect where the metal surface got colder to the touch and more susceptible to condensation drips. The condensation drips then created a mold and mildew problem in the wood around the air handler. It was a tough experience but at least I learned my lesson.

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Needing dampeners to properly regulate air in my ventilation system

I love my new condo, but I have noticed something strange since day one with the temperatures throughout.

In the places near the front door, including my kitchen, guest bedroom and bathroom, living room, and study, it’s dry and cold at a thermostat setting as high as 76 degrees.

But, once I get to the back of my unit and walk into my master bedroom, it feels like a five degree temperature jump. The air coming out of the register is noticeably weaker and the room feels warmer. When I finally walk into my master bathroom, it feels like another five degree temperature increase compared to the other bathroom. It feels humid as well. I was concerned that I needed a new air conditioner if the current one couldn’t handle the load of the entire condo. But, my knowledgeable heating and cooling technician put me at ease following a detailed inspection. He climbed into the attic to inspect the ductwork after confirming the pristine condition of my air handler and condenser. After an hour elapsed, he told me that the problem was as simple as redirecting air in the ventilation with devices called dampeners. You install them directly into the air registers in the areas of your home where the air is coming out the strongest. This forces some of the excess air to continue further down the ventilation system to reach my master bedroom and bath. He said this was a cheap alternative to ripping out the ductwork and redesigning the ventilation system to better match the size of the air conditioner that fits in these particular condominiums. I made an appointment for the following week and have high hopes for drier and cooler air all throughout my otherwise lovely new home.

 

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The six year old AC in my condo works like one twice it's age.

It was tough making the final decision on my recent home purchase.

I spent months scanning through hundreds of for sale postings on various real estate websites and was racking my brain deciding on my best course of action.

If I wanted a house, I’d have to go over budget and would have no money left over for furniture or remodelling. Otherwise, I could go under budget and purchase a condominium, leaving me left over money for remodelling and the like. To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled of the idea of buying what I felt was essentially an apartment that I’d only partially own. And then I’d still be responsible for monthly fees from the building association for lawn care and general maintenance. Since the difference in price was nearly forty grand, I decided to take the plunge and buy the condo. I knew that I’d at least have a beautiful view to gaze at from my bedroom window, overlooking a lake with a huge wilderness preserve behind it. When I had my inspections, I was told the air conditioner was only five years old and not to worry about it’s performance and longevity for at least another five years. Although I run my air conditioners a lot harder than many people do, I trusted the inspector. My huge blunder was in failing to research the manufacturer for the air conditioner before signing the sale contract. Because my air conditioning died on me the second month I moved in, and despite having a repair warranty, it left me without air conditioning for a week in the dead middle of summer. My HVAC supplier had to order the parts directly from the manufacturer to satisfy the demands on the warranty. After the fact, I discovered that my particular brand of air conditioner is one of the cheapest and lowest rated manufacturers available, with many customers experiencing system failures just years after installation. I decided to use some of the money I saved by not buying a house and put it towards buying a high rated air conditioner.

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Finally drying out my damp basement with a new dehumidifier

I was excited when I discovered that the house I was buying had a partially finished basement. I wanted a new place for my workshop and was sick of using garages where I felt compromised with space if I also wanted to park my car inside. Especially when you work with wood every week, it can be hard to control humidity in a mostly outdoor environment like a standard garage. I figured that I could finish the remodelling in the basement and add a small window air conditioner to keep it cool. The first time I walked down there, it felt cool. The geothermal insulation from being underground makes for an easier environment to keep cool. But, after I started finishing the carpentry and electrical work downstairs, I realized it was much more damp and humid down there than I initially expected. Outdoor humidity levels were hovering around 60% and when I measured the level downstairs, it read above 70%. Clearly, I couldn’t move all of my exotic unfinished woods down here or they would all mildew. I hoped the air conditioner would help, but it only dropped the humidity by 10%. I ideally wanted to shoot for a moisture level just below 50%, which is certainly ambitious in environments as damp as basements. But, keeping it as dry as 50% would prevent mold growth on anything from my expensive wood to the drywall I had just put up. I installed two 70 pint dehumidifiers with one on each end of the basement and cranked them on 24 hours a day with the drain hoses running to the floor drains. These were the strongest machines available locally and each pulls 70 pints of water in a 24 hour period, meaning I’d have double with both running concurrently. After a week of both on 24/7, I had the moisture level hovering at just above 40%, right where I wanted it.

 

a/c install

This is now living up to my expectations

The current temperature I was forced to transfer to has led to a hard transitional period.

I literally went from a single severe to the other with seasonal weather and un-even temperatures.

Fortunately, I rarely used an air conditioner living so far up north. Both of us even had dry summers for the most area with lots of wind to make the sizzling seasons mild and enjoyable. By contrast, living down south means I’m tied to air conditioning system and cannot be extricated from it. Walking around in 105 degree weather just to get from our automobile into a shopping mall is formidable to say the least. Since I use our central air conditioner at home so much, I decided that I would buy a greater and stronger air handler to keep it colder with less energy to get it down to those lower un-even temperatures. I ran that current machine like crazy, but I wasn’t noticing a sizable difference in cooling effects inside our house. Everything seemed to be as uncomfortably sizzling as constantly. That’s what led to me getting a third opinion. The third serviceman explained that unless I had also replaced the ducttoil to handle the extra load from a greater air handler, there was nowhere for all of that extra cold air to go but to settle within the air handler as the machine ran. This created an effect where the metal surface got colder to the touch and more susceptible to condensation drips. The condensation drips then created a mold and mildew concern in the wood around the air handler. It was a hard experience but at least I l acquired our lesson.

HVAC tune-up

Transitioning to a new lifestyle

I prefer our current condo, but I have observed something strange since afternoon a single with the un-even temperatures throughout. In the places near the front door, including our study room, guest study room and washroom, dining room, and study, it’s dry and cold at a temperature control setting as high as 74 degrees. But, once I get to the back of our unit and walk into our master study room, it feels like a 5 degree temperature jump. The air coming out of the register is noticeably weaker and the room feels warmer. When I finally walk into our master washroom, it feels like another 5 degree temperature increase compared to the other washroom. It feels humid as well. I was distraught that I needed a current air conditioner if the new a single couldn’t handle the load of the entire condo. But, our expertiseable heating and cooling serviceman put me at ease following a detailed inspection. He climbed into the attic to inspect the ducttoil after confirming the pristine condition of our air handler and condenser. After an hour elapsed, he told me that the concern was as easy as redirecting air in the ventilation with devices called dampeners. You install them directly into the air registers in the areas of your home where the air is coming out the strongest. This forces some of the excess air to continue further down the ventilation system to reach our master study room and bath. He said this was a cheap alternative to ripping out the ducttoil and redesigning the ventilation system to better match the size of the air conditioner that fits in these certain condominiums. I made an appointment for the following month and have high hopes for drier and cooler air all throughout our otherwise lovely current home.
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The temperature has continued raising 5 degrees

It was hard making the final decision on our recent home purchase.

  • I spent months scanning through hundreds of for sale postings on various real estate websites and was racking our brain deciding on our best course of action.

If I wanted a house, I would have to go over budget and would have no currency left over for furniture or remodelling. Otherwise, I could go under budget and purchase a condominium, leaving me left over currency for remodelling and the like. To be honest, I wasn’t thrilled of the system of buying what I felt was essentially an apartment that I would only partially own, and then I’d still be responsible for biweekly fees from the building association for lawn care and general maintenance. Since the difference in price was nearly forty grand, I decided to take the plunge and buy the condo. I knew that I’d at least have a beautiful view to gaze at from our study room window, overlooking a lake with a sizable wilderness preserve behind it. When I had our inspections, I was told the air conditioner was only 5 years aged and not to worry about it’s performance and longevity for at least another 5 years. Although I run our air conditioners a lot harder than more than 2 people do, I trusted the inspector, my sizable blunder was in failing to research the manufacturer for the air conditioner before signing the sale contract. Because our air conditioning system died on me the third month I moved in, and despite having a maintenance warranty, it left me separate from air conditioning system for a month in the dead middle of summer. My Heating and A/C contractor had to order the parts directly from the manufacturer to satisfy the demands on the warranty. After the fact, I discovered that our certain brand of air conditioner is a single of the cheapest and lowest rated manufacturers available, with more than 2 clients experiencing system failures just years after upgrade. I decided to use some of the currency I saved by not buying a cabin and put it towards buying a high rated air conditioner.

 

Wifi thermostat

The dehumidifier in my home is in important

I was excited when I discovered that the cabin I was buying had a partially finished basement, i wanted a current place for our workshop and was sick of using garages where I felt compromised with space if I also wanted to park our automobile inside.

Especially when you toil with wood every week, it can be hard to control humidity in a mostly outdoor environment like a usual garage.

I figured that I could finish the remodelling in the basement and add a small window air conditioner to keep it cool. The first time I walked down there, it felt cool. The geothermal insulation from being underground makes for an easier environment to keep cool. But, after I started finishing the carpentry and electrical toil downstairs, I realized it was much more damp and humid down there than I initially expected. Outdoor humidity levels were hovering around 60% and when I measured the level downstairs, it study above 81%. Clearly, I couldn’t transfer all of our exotic unfinished woods down here or they would all mildew. I hoped the air conditioner would help, but it only dropped the humidity by 10%. I ideally wanted to shoot for a moisture level just below 50%, which is really ambitious in environments as damp as basements. But, keeping it as dry as 50% would prevent mold growth on anything from our overpriced wood to the drywall I had just put up. I installed more than one 81 pint dehumidifiers with a single on each end of the basement and cranked them on 24 hours a afternoon with the drain hoses running to the floor drains. These were the strongest machines available locally and each pulls 81 pints of water in a 24 hour period, meaning I would have double with both running concurrently. After a month of both on 24/7, I had the moisture level hovering at just above 40%, right where I wanted it.

Heat pump service

We really need insulation in the attic

I had just purchased a new house, however contrary to my expectations, I was upset to no end.

There was a condo inspection done before I made the final decision on the house, however my crazy labor schedule had me out of state the month of the inspection so I wasn’t present and only saw the report at the end. I had more than 2 problems with a few things regarding plumbing and a/c. Things I wasn’t confident had been covered by the initial inspection since I saw nothing about them in the report. But, I was due out of my condo and had to make a decision hastily or I’d be separate from a condo to move into. I decided to have my own inspection done after moving in to ensure nothing is missed as I begin my new life here. Although the plumbing problems were easy enough to address with a local handyman, I made sure to call an Heating, Ventilation, and A/C service and supply dealer to inspect my heating and cooling system. I wanted to make sure there was no visible destruction to the ductlabor that would compromise the efficacy of the entire system. Not only was my ductlabor in good shape, even though I l earned something new that I had never come across in my years living in 1 venue or another. Instead of leaving the ductlabor and insulation exposed to the inside of my attic, drywall was laid down overtop to cover everything and then 1 inch thick plywood was used to seal the drywall to create a literal floor in the attic. Not only does it add more storage utility to the rarely used space, however it also assured me that my ductlabor is safely insulated.

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