thanks in advance for any advice. We bought our 100-year-old house last summer, so this is our first winter in it. The walls are not insulated, so we can tell where the heat ducts run not only because of the placement of vents, but also because we can put our hands on the walls and it will feel warm if the duct is behind it. In the living room, the wall has always looked patchy in front of the duct (like patched plaster), but recently a new crack has appeared--still hairline, but it definitely wasn't there before. It runs vertically, parallel to the duct.
Is this due to the temperature difference between the cold and warm parts of the wall? Why is it just happening now after many years of this heat system being used? Should I be concerned?