My house was constructed sometime in the mid 1700’s as well as is nearly 3000 square feet.
- It has more than nine foot ceilings, big windows as well as the original hardwood floors.
When all of us moved in, the house was just about impossible to heat as well as cool, not only was the oil furnace as well as extremely aged, however the ductwork was full of holes as well as leaks at the seams. The windows were single pane, painted shut as well as allowed drafts inside. None of the exterior doors shut tight, allowing outside air to come in as well as heated/cooled air to escape. There was no insulation in the walls, ceilings or attic. It has taken us nearly more than nine years to make all of the necessary improvements to the thermal envelope. There are 25 windows in the house as well as they all needed to be replaced, and most of them are unofficial sizes as well as required special order. The expense added up actually suddenly. The walls as well as ceilings in the house were the original plaster as well as lathe. Many of them were cracked as well as crumbling, then one by a single, all of us gutted every single room in the house, chopping down to the studs. This allowed us to replace electric lines, plumbing pipes as well as ductwork. It provided us the opportunity to carefully as well as thoroughly insulated. The two of us took out a apartment improvement loan to update the aged oil furnace as well as as well as spent extra to get a high efficiency, variable speed system. The up-to-date heating as well as cooling method allowed us to take advantage of zone control. The two of us now have independent thermostats in each room, providing the ability to customize temperature. We’re no longer required to maintain perfect comfort in unoccupied areas.