Dampers solved my ductwork air flow problems

I love my old house, but it is really starting to show its age.

Some parts of the foundation have settled into the ground quicker than in other places, causing walls to develop distinctive cracks that I fill, sand smooth, and paint whenever I find them.

Just patching aesthetic changes doesn’t address the greater problems at hand, the very things that are structural and have reverberating effects on other parts of one’s house and one’s life. My uneven foundation is nothing compared to my grandparents’ old house that was swallowed by a sinkhole in the years after they sold it to an investment company. In that situation the two of them kept getting increasingly worried about the house as problems were arising all over the place. Interestingly enough, at no point did either of them stop and wonder if their house was built over a sinkhole. They both claim to have never heard of sink holes before they saw the story being reported on the evening news five years after their sale. Thankfully no one was inhabiting the house at the time. Right now I’m in a situation where I’ve been using fans for years to improve the air flow from room to room, but it feels like a bandaid for a bigger problem. I asked my heating and cooling technician about my airflow issues and he decided to inspect the ductwork himself. He told me that my house was already old when the first air conditioner and ventilation system were installed in the house decades ago. The ductwork was assembled in a tiny amount of free space, giving no flexibility to where one column could be placed. There are sharp turns that push a lot of the air back into the front of the house. By putting damper valves inside the ductwork, the technician can redirect the air to the places it’s intended to go.

 

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