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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

  • Your company did an excellent job!  We really appreciated how quickly your crew worked in order to get our heat back on as soon as possible.  Everyone seemed very knowledgeable, professional and excellent in their work!

    - George O.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • Thank you thank you!  For your amazing response and difficult repair – I really appreciate it!

    - Marianne P.( Aurora, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • Bill carefully examined the old boiler and piping, checked all the radiators and came up with a replacement proposal.  He explained two issues with the old boiler that other contractors did not notice or did not care to explain.  The first was what’s causing the rust in the boiler and how he was going to minimize the issue in the new system.  The second was how he would re-pipe the kitchen loop so the kitchen wouldn’t be so cold.  Bill addressed each and every question I had.  Although we received four bids that were comparable, we chose Bill Hann’s company because he was knowledgeable, thoughtful and detailed.  The work was completed in two days by a great installer team.  They were on time, professional and courteous.  The new boiler and piping work nicely without any issues and we now have a comfortable kitchen to dine in.  I’d highly recommend them.

    - Brian B.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, January 2018 )
  • I strongly recommend Verne & Ellsworth Hann without reservation.  Choosing the right boiler was important and proper installation was critical.  I was impressed with all aspects of the Verne & Ellsworth Hann organization.  Most importantly, Bill Hann earned my trust.  The installation team was excellent.  They were experienced.  They arrived precisely on time every day.  They explained every step of the process.  They worked as a team.  They treated my home with extreme care, as if it was their own.  The installation is a thing of beauty.  Every time I go into my basement I smile.  I now have a reliable, efficient system.  I don’t usually take the time to write recommendations, but in this case I am doing so because it is so well deserved.

     

    - Allen P.( Shaker Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )
  • Boiler has performed like a champ!  Install is neat and clean. Instructions for next 3 months have been followed.  New stat works well!

    - John R.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, December 2017 )