We have been having a lot of issues over the past year with our HVAC system. Our current one consists of a boiler, baseboard heating, and a dehumidifier that is hooked up in the basement. It is a pretty straight forward way to heat our home throughout the winter and attempt to keep our old stone basement dry. Yes, I said, stone basement. Our home was built in the early 1900’s as a boarding house for migrant farm hands. There was not a lot of thought put into a finished basement at that time. Previous owners added the basement which was dug by hand and only deep enough for the owner at that time to stand up in it. The ceilings are very low and we only use the space to house the boiler, hot water tank, and a few other items as it is always damp. We had a technician from the local HVAC company come out to see what could be done to make our boiler work better. He, sadly, told us that the moisture in the basement had taken a toll on the unit and we would need to replace it. My wife had been waiting for this day to come! I say this because she has always had dreams of having a forced air system that would include air conditioning. Her hopes were dashed quickly when the technician explained that we did not have any ductwork in place and it would be, not only expensive to install it, but, nearly impossible due to the construction of the house. Walls would have to be opened up and contractors hired to do the repair work. We ended up just buying a new boiler instead.