I just relocated to San Francisco and we bought a small house (whew!
everything is so expensive in SF!).. This old house that we got has a
downstairs in-law units which has VERY LOW ceiling mainly due to the
huge furnace pipes and therefore we are only using the whole area for
washer/dryer. I'm really thinking of converting this area into a
computer room, but we have to do some remodeling or upgrades for the
furnace (at least the huge pipes) I guess. I have shot some photos
with my digital camera and the photos could be found at here:
Could someone please post some advices about what I could/should do
with this huge and old furnace system?? I know very little about this
type of furnace system (not even sure whether it is gas, water, or
electrical).. I think it is still working, but it seems that it only
works for upstairs units but not the downstairs in-law units. Few more
(1) Generally speaking, is it possible to have two seperate switches
for the heater for both upstairs unit and downstairs unit??
(2) For this kind of old furnace system, should I remodel/upgrade it
right now? If not, how should I "maintain" this kind of old furnace
(3) Could anyone please estimate how much it might cost for
remodel/upgrade this furnace/heater system??
by the way, I found that the downstairs unit is very humid even in
winter, and one of the walls (newly painted 6 months ago) that is
facing the garden, is starting to get some "wrinkles" on the surface,
which looks really ugly and I believe that it was caused by either the
humidity or the wet garden soil outside of the wall. Is there anything
I could do about this??
Here is a photo of how the wall looks like (the last photo):