As an HVAC company with 60 years in the industry, we have seen it all…or so we thought. We recently stumbled across a blog post from EnergyVanguard.com, “What’s That Ice Chest Doing in This Attic Duct System?” that even caught us by surprise. You read that right; an ice chest in the ductwork.
The homeowner took it upon themselves to “fix” their inefficient duct system. Their solution was to install a booster fan inside of an ice chest and attach it to their ductwork to help get more air to rooms downstream of that duct. The problem is that non-standard parts, like this ice chest booster fan, can wreak havoc in a duct system.
- A booster fan that big is likely to scramble airflow in the rest of the ductwork.
- This makeshift contraption is also a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Why? Unlike the rest of the ductwork, the ice chest was not properly sealed.
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If you ever find yourself with rooms that are not adequately heated or cooled, don’t try to fix the problem yourself. Call Minnick’s. We review all of the different parts and systems, along with entry and exit points such as windows, doors, and roofs, to make sure everything is working together.
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