This beach house is truly old and has an ancient HVAC system.
Well, honestly, I am not sure how old the system entirely is.
It works definitely well, so it is possible that the heating and A/C units have been replaced. What I mean to say is that the air duct and air duct grate covers are truly old. The vents are all located on the floor of our beach house and the air duct covers appear to be made of real steel. They aren’t cheap aluminum like the new ones are. Instead of close together, slanted grates, it has grates that are almost an inch apart and they are just straight. This causes things to fall down inside of the air duct all of the time! Usually the stuff that falls is not worth bothering about: a cheap earring, chips, and pens have all fallen victim, but the other day I accidentally dropped our keys down the vent. I knew I couldn’t leave them so I got a screwdriver and detachd the grate to retrieve them. It did not take long before I had our keys back however after that both of us saw that there was other stuff in the HVAC grate that did not belong to me. I found a gold ring. I had time to kill so I opened up every grate cover in the beach house and took out everything that I could. I ended up finding a cell PC, a definitely old digital pet toy thing, and a lot of trashâ€¦ Now I definitely want to go to the other apartments and see what they have in their air duct but I know that I would come across as strange if I asked to do this.