Tag Archives: HVAC

Mix and Match Heat

The path toward figuring out how to heat the house is really a one-step-at-a-time project.  Getting the wood stove installed was definitely a big leap in that regard, but it didn’t get us all the way there.  The big issue … Continue reading

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Wood Stove Installed

One of our longest home improvement struggles to date has finally (essentially) drawn to a close.  After a year and change worth of conflicting inspections, assessments and estimates from half a dozen contractors and vendors, we have a functioning wood … Continue reading

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Wood Stove Denouement

At this point the process of trying to get a wood stove installed is basically our biggest renovation fiasco. Considering we had an existing chimney and fireplace, it seemed like it should have been so easy. Not even close. But … Continue reading

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Duct Wrap

Fresh off one polar vortex and apparently heading into another, we’re back to fretting over the heat and the heating bill.  Our propane usage went up about 20% last month and the price per gallon has gone up 25 cents … Continue reading

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Draft Resistors

Ever since the news that the inside of the house equals the outside of our house, climatically speaking, draft elimination has become my number one domestic priority.  We could feel there was a ton of cold air coming in around the exterior … Continue reading

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Sieve Sweet Sieve

So it turns out the ignition problem that shut down our boiler last night was a result of no propane coming through the line.  The fact that no propane was coming through the line was due to the fact that … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays

With the trim finished, we’ve finally moved our furniture into the living room and even had time today to go out and cut ourselves a Christmas tree.  It’s the first time we’ve ever had room for a full-sized tree and … Continue reading

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Danger, High Voltage

Just after 5pm yesterday, our new heating system was finally installed and ready to come online.  For the prior four days we had been working on the living room with no heat, and it had gotten to the point where … Continue reading

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Utilities Work Begins

We took two big steps on our mechanical renovations today. First, our HVAC contractors arrived today to start work today. As of this afternoon, the old coal-then-oil furnace has been dismantled and carted off. Our new boiler, air handler, and … Continue reading

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HVAC Payment Plan

Other than actually buying this house, the cost of installing our new HVAC system is the biggest expense we’re taking on this year.  In fact, the HVAC costs come out to more than our down payment (but not as much … Continue reading

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