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Replacement Options for Hot Air Floor Furnace

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    LESLIE: Noah in New York is looking to put his home on the market. How can we help you sell it?

    NOAH: Thank you very much. I have a 100-year-old stone house that I’m selling. I right now have a passive hot-air floor furnace and have vents for the upstairs bedrooms.

    TOM: Ah, you have a really old house.

    NOAH: Yeah.

    TOM: That’s how – actually, my house used to heated that way. You have a floor furnace that is gravity-fed and then you have, essentially, holes in the floor above and that’s how the heat gets upstairs.

    NOAH: Right. It really works well.

    TOM: Oh, it does.

    NOAH: In selling the house they want me to have central heat for the mortgage.

    TOM: So you’re trying to figure out the best option?

    NOAH: Yeah, I have the liquid propane up there.

    TOM: The best thing to do would be to put in a forced-air system …

    NOAH: Forced air, OK.

    TOM: … and that’s going to require running ducts. If you do that you can add central air conditioning at the same time, which would probably add to the value of the home. It’s going to be a big project but if you have a really good HVAC contractor, Noah, he can advise you on how you could run those ducts with a minimal amount of construction disturbance.

    NOAH: OK.

    TOM: And that’s probably the best thing.

    NOAH: Sounds great.

    TOM: Alright, Noah. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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