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Are there alternatives to using my forced air heating system?

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Dec 11, 2012 01:01 AM
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About 4 years ago, I got rid of my inefficient steam heat system and changed to forced hot air. I live in an old (1926) small, two-story duplex.The new system has no returns in the rooms other than the large return on the first floor. The vents upstairs are on the ceiling, and the vents downstairs are on the floor. Since getting the new system, my house is constantly dusty. I added on a Trane Clean Air Effects whole-house filter to help with this, but it rarely needs to be cleaned, which seems odd considering I have two dogs. I keep the fan on the "auto" position and wonder if the system doesn't cycle enough to actually clean the air. As well, the humidity became very low in winter, so I added a whole-house humidifier, which I no longer use since hearing that these are not very healthy. I have noticeably felt worse since this system was installed, and I'm wondering if there are any alternatives that I can use to keep warm in the winter. I wish I had only replace




 

 

About 4 years ago, I got rid of my inefficient steam heat system and changed to forced hot air. I live in an old (1926) small, two-story duplex.The new system has no returns in the rooms other than the large return on the first floor. The vents upstairs are on the ceiling, and the vents downstairs are on the floor. Since getting the new system, my house is constantly dusty. I added on a Trane Clean Air Effects whole-house filter to help with this, but it rarely needs to be cleaned, which seems odd considering I have two dogs. I keep the fan on the "auto" position and wonder if the system doesn't cycle enough to actually clean the air. As well, the humidity became very low in winter, so I added a whole-house humidifier, which I no longer use since hearing that these are not very healthy. I have noticeably felt worse since this system was installed, and I'm wondering if there are any alternatives that I can use to keep warm in the winter. I wish I had only replace<

I hate to say this, but the signs are pointing to a poorly installed system - especially as it relates to the ducts.

While you are bound to see more dust...


 

 

 
 
 

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