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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

  • The guys that did my work were great!  They took their time and worked with me.  They came up with the best solution for the humidifier.  Thanks!

    - John R.( Cleveland Heights, Humidifier Installation, April 2019 )
  • I couldn’t be happier.  I wish everything I had done to the house would go this smooth!

    - Nancy M.( Cleveland Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, April 2019 )
  • Great job!  Terrific technicians!

    - Karen, N.( Cleveland Heights, Boiler Installation, March 2019 )
  • I want to thank you for making this process so easy and manageable.  Replacing my old furnace was giving me a lot of anxiety, and the professionalism and reach-ability of everybody at Verne & Ellsworth Hann made it a great experience.

    - Patrycja, A.( Cleveland Heights, Furnace and Air Conditioning Installation, April 2019 )
  • Exceptional work done in a timely fashion.  All questions answered, especially after installation, to clarify new but normal furnace sounds.  Have been satisfied customer since mid-90’s.

    - Kathleen S.( Cleveland Heights, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, March 2019 )