Most furnaces last between 15 to 20 years. If repairs are significantly less than the cost of a new furnace, opt to fix. However, if the furnace is at the true end of its life cycle, avoid extra repair costs and replace with a more efficient model. Another factor? If the furnace is not sized correctly for the home, replacing it with the correct size will save you money and make the home more comfortable.
Designers maximized the stylishness of this space by using green technology and the home's infrastructure to conceal some of the home's less attractive features. To bring the fireplace into the space, designers used an eco-smart, ethanol fireplace that requires no venting or special accommodations, giving the home the warmth and elegance of a fireplace without needing to vent it to the outside. Then, HVAC ducts were hidden behind the faux chimney and plasma TV.
The full renovation of this modern 1959 rancher included the seamless integration of an environmentally friendly HVAC system. The landscaping was replaced with drought-tolerant species that blend into the surrounding hills.
This modern home was brought back to life by opening up the spaces, adding windows and moving/adding doors. The HVAC chase that originally divided the family room was removed to create an open floor plan that now houses a cozy sitting area.
This elegant master suite overlooks the gorgeous city of Boston. With its custom-built platform bed and bleached Sycamore cabinets, this room has plenty of storage, and conceals the space's utilities, such as a beverage fridge and HVAC air returns, created an elegant, sophisticated space.
The HVAC chase that originally divided the family room in this home was removed to create an open living area. The updated windows flood the space with natural light, a stark difference from the room's dim beginnings. Sleek furnishings and a subdued color palette lend to the living room's modern vibe.
To achieve an open floor plan in this pie-shaped condominium, designers removed walls to give a clear line of sight to the public spaces in the home, creating a spacious and open downtown entertaining space. To maintain the stylish, modern design, HVAC vents were concealed in the columns in the space, keeping the home functional and sophisticated.
The raw, rambling third floor had one well-sized room, but the rest of the space was a jungle of trusses and HVAC ducts. The designers turned that space into a home office, wet bar, two bedrooms, a full bath and an elevator lobby. Here, the largest room was created into a home office. To create a focal point, the bottom section of the ornate fireplace (originally in the great room) was placed on a wall that is flanked by bookcases. The fireplace is not functional, but it creates a handsome backdrop behind the homeowner’s desk.
Your heating and air conditioning system makes some perfectly normal noises from time to time, but they should not include banging, thumping or squealing. Loud, unusual sounds may indicate problems with belts, the blower motor or the compressor and should be investigated immediately by your HVAC technician. (And don’t forget your twice-yearly checkup to keep things running smoothly!)
Ants scurrying on countertops or mouse droppings in HVAC grilles are signs that you have openings in your house that need to be closed, says Steve Gladstone, owner of Stonehollow Fine Home Inspection in Stamford, Conn. Check places like exhaust vents, condensate lines, pipes, ducts, utility access panels and garage doors — you’re looking for obvious gaps, signs of chewing or nesting, or ripped screening. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking at or don’t feel confident you can solve the problem yourself, call a professional exterminator. Mouse and bird droppings in particular can be hazardous to your health.