I decided to start looking at older homes in my area after failing to secure a newer property for sale on my meager budget.
The real estate market is getting crazy all over the country and I have family members in a different state who are going through the same issues as I.
When I found a home that reminded me of my grandparents’ old house before they passed away, I decided to take it and view it as a slow renovation project. It’s not so bad if you can do a lot of the work yourself on the weekends when you have time, but otherwise it would have been me biting off more than what I can chew. I have had no choice but to break the renovation projects apart and do them step by step. Even though I want new kitchen appliances, there are other parts of the house that need immediate attention first. While the roof is now fixed, I have a window in the attic that needs to be replaced. When I was up there recently, I saw that there was some damage to my ductwork and realized there were visible air gaps where I could see light shining in from below. That’s when I decided to call my heating and cooling supplier, and he confirmed my suspicions about the damaged ventilation system. We went over options for new HVAC systems, and I opted for a new boiler heating system to bypass the ductwork. Running heated air through attic ductwork is extremely inefficient, even if there are no air gaps of any kind, because the attic is always going to be colder from having no climate control up there. Your warm air will immediately lose a few degrees of heat in the process.