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Return to Nowhere

Want to try and guess what this is a picture of? Chances are you’ll be wrong. And be horrified.

This is what is called a “return air” duct to your furnace. One of the older methods was to just box in a basement joist space and then feed it to the furnace. That’s right, the air that passes through this bat cave look-alike is feeding “fresh” air into your furnace and blowing through your vents. And in this case it looks like it’s been going on for more than half a century.

Have sinus or respiratory issues in the winter and attribute it to “dry air”? Well yes, dry air can be an issue. But if your return air make-up is a horror show than more than likely it is the primary villain.

This begs the question, why be concerned about the bottom line only when considering replacing your furnace? Does the least expensive contractor win?

What about the contractor who is looking out for your best interests? The contractor who knows not only the best suited equipment for your needs, but a contractor who is aware of the pitfalls of  old building methods.

Verne & Ellsworth Hann not only wants you to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer, we want you to breathe easy every day.

What People Are Saying

  • Excellent and prompt service.  The workmen were professional and helpful in their explanation of care and service of the equipment.

    - Charles S.( Cleveland Heights, AC Installation July 2017 )
  • I want you to know how pleased I was with the entire experience.  From the initial meeting with Chris through the installation of my new A/C unit.

    - Sondra S.( Shaker Heights, Air Conditioning Installation July 2017 )
  • Installers were spot on time at 8 am, took care not to track dirt into house, and were both courteous and friendly.  Excellent quality work to boot!

    - John S.( Cleveland, Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )
  • I have had several projects from Verne & Ellsworth, across boiler replacements, heating system installation, and air conditioning system set up and install.  Each of these times, Bill Hann takes a ton of his time to talk to my wife and I to learn about the issues we’re having, explain the root causes of those issues, and suggest fixes that we know will prevent the issues from coming back – not just paper over the issue temporarily.  Lastly, he always delivers on time – onsite when he says he will be, fishing when he says he will – and always makes sure every aspect of the job is completed, from material removal and set up, to equipment install, to clean up after the project.  A++ and highly recommended!

    - Mike C.( Shaker Heights, Heating and Cooling, June 2017 )
  • The unit is working very well.  The installers were very professional, showed me how everything worked, and cleaned the basement beautifully.  I would never have even known they were there.  Thank you again.

    - Michelle T.( Wickliffe, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, June 2017 )