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The Things You Find Out In The Garage: Part 2

May 7, 2014

Last week I showed you a venting system that wasn’t quite right, P1060856and mentioned the importance of having a certified technician review your HVAC and water heating systems. I wanted to cover a few more issues we discovered.

An important part of heating and cooling air is getting it to and from the home. This is what duct work is all about. In this system’s case, the plenum, or box where the return air from the home comes back to the furnace, also acts as a platform for this furnace and water heater to sit on.
Because it is where the furnace draws the air from the home, it is as you might imagine, connected to the inside of the house. And, as you can see in the second picture where the technician is looking into this plenum, there is a nice structural chunk of pressure treated wood, concrete floor and some moisture damage.
Pressure treated wood probably isn’t the best thing to have in your duct system, nor is dry rotted plywood, and this plenum is very much a part of the duct system.P1060858
It’s also not sealed. That means the garage is connected to the duct system and, therefore, to the home. Indoor air quality is important, and it should start with the air handling system. Stay tuned till next time!



Looking like a hero…

April 23, 2011

What a sad state of affairs.  Some of the work we run across is simply atrocious.  Insulation with no air-sealing–a complete waste of money.  Poor windows, installed poorly!  And furnaces and air-conditioners installed without adult supervision.  It’s easy for us to look like heros by simply doing things the right way and fixing the terrible work of those who’ve gone before.

Wow. At least they used tape, eh?

The above is a Virginia example, run across by the folks at Energy Efficient Solutions, our partner in the Yorktown area of Virginia. I ran out of fingers counting the visible problems here. I shudder to think what the rest of the construction details look like.

Most of the time, Chuck and company are able to fix this and leave the homeowner tickled with the huge improvement.  It this case, unfortunately, it’s a bank-owned property, and apparently they’re not interested in having it fixed.

Sometimes, you just gotta shake your head.

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