Hidden Bend Retreat, Romney West Virginia

Romney, WV

Friday, June 25, 2010

Heating and Ventilation Work Continues

More work completed this week on the HVAC. Cold air returns and supply lines were placed on the second floor and loft and the holes were cut for many of the supply vents on the first floor. The bathroom vent fans were also installed and the ducts were routed outside the house but not yet to their final locations. A pine tongue and groove ceiling will now be installed in the bathrooms to hide the vents and ducting, just like what was already completed in the second floor bath.

You can make out the exhaust vent hoses in the last picture just over the second window from the left. If you're old enough to remember, they might remind you of the arms on the robot from "Lost in Space".

The next few weeks should see the completion of all the supply and return lines and the setting of the heat pump in the basement. We're using a geothermal heat pump system and the 5 150' wells to support the system will probably be done in the next couple of weeks as well.

Speaking of utilities, we contacted our local propane supplier, Amerigas, and purchased a 1500 gallon underground propane tank. On a day to day basis, we'll use propane for our cooktop and a gas grill but the tank is so large because it will supply the back up generator. We wanted at least a 3 day supply of fuel so went with a large tank. Surprising to me, they don't have the tanks in stock and had to order it so won't be here for 4 or 5 weeks. We decided to purchase the tank outright this time so we could have some control and flexibility on where we buy propane and because the price per gallon is cheaper when you're not leasing the tank. Since we plan for this to be our long term home, we decided the up front cost of the tank, about $1600, is worth it over the long term. Hopefully, our electric supply will be stable and a tank will last a long time.

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