How can I narrow down what component of our HVAC system is causing health complaints?

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How can I narrow down what component of our HVAC system is causing health complaints?

In addition/renovation project in CT, two Carrier high-efficiency forced air heat pump systems were installed. The original heating system (hot water) was completely removed and brand new ducts were installed throughout.

About six months after moving in, strange smells began to be circulated with the hvac system. Eventually, Carrier replaced coils on both units, which did help with funky smell. But something continues to be circulated whenever heat or air conditioning is on and is causing chest pain and pressure, shortness of breath, and itchy eyes. It was so bad that we actually had systems turned off for over a year and heated with only plug in radiant heaters.

Most recently, we had blower test performed with horrible results. Decided to go with aeroseal as best method to deal with such extensive leakage. Another blower test confirmed that the aeroseal did its job; yet, the health symptoms persist.

We are nearing the point of selling the home because we can't live in it, but we are heartsick. This addition/renovation came on the heels of going through cancer treatments with a young child, as well as many moves over a short number of years. We intended to stay here for the duration and the thought of selling (likely at a substantial loss) breaks our hearts. There MUST be some way to fix this since it is so clearly related to the hvac system. Please help!

Asked by leslie hazen
Posted Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:00
Edited Thu, 12/27/2012 - 14:59

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