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4. Furniture Works

The converted furniture showroom was cold in winter and sweltering in summer, until owners decided to do a basic energy retrofit. The massive industrial heater was replaced with 4 Ductless Heat Pumps; rotting windows and doors were rebuilt and sealed against the weather. Simple fixes made a cavernous warehouse feel cozy!
4. Furniture Works

Energy-Efficient Retrofit by: Northwest Energy Team

The converted furniture showroom was cold in winter and sweltering in summer, until owners decided to do a basic energy retrofit. The massive industrial heater was replaced with 4 Ductless Heat Pumps; rotting windows and doors were rebuilt and sealed against the weather. Simple fixes made a cavernous warehouse feel cozy!

Ken Adney, owner of Furniture Works, called Thurston Energy and Northwest Energy Team for their expertise. Furniture Works is housed in a converted warehouse in downtown Olympia. There was little-to-no insulation. Drafts were whirling in around rotting window trim was rotting out. Cold air was constantly washing from the staging area through the showroom. The massive industrial heater, mounted 20 feet up wasn’t working so hot.

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Employees were uncomfortable: in winter they hunched at their desks wearing coats and scarves with space heaters at their feet. In summer, the heat got downright oppressive. Customers were uncomfortable: customers don’t tend to linger when their fingers and noseare chilled (or sweaty, depending on the season). It’s hard to visualize “cozy” when the couch is hard as a rock from the cold.

Clearly it was time to take action.

 

Regardless of the age and general vastness of the showroom and staging area, there were many simpleFurnitureWorksIntDoor.jpgsolutions for immediate results.

 

Reducing Air Leaks (which also improves air quality)

●      A sliding door was built to seal off the showroom from the staging area. Before, the two spaces were open to each other. Every time the staging area’s service door was opened, cold air washed through the showroom.

●      The windows were re-framed, caulked and re-trimmed (windows were reused)

●      An exterior door was also replaced along with a new frame and trim (there had been bad air and water leakage)

●      The roof was fully replaced because it was due to be done and replacing the roof also addressed air leaks along one corner

●      Ken wanted the paint refreshed so advantage was taken of this work to do some more sealing and caulking in the usual problem areas

 

Efficient Heat (and cooling too!)

●      Replaced the monster industrial heater with 4 ductless heat pumps (DHPs). A DHP expert was brought in to determine the best and most efficient way to heat the cavernous room. It was decided that 2 wall mounted units and 2 standing units would do the job. It’s working so far, so good this winter.

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