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perpetual98 02-28-2008 11:11 AM

Central air for house with no forced air?
Well, I know that you can't install central air in a house with no forced air, but are there other options? We have radiant heat for heating, and there's a wall mounted A/C unit in the dining room. We're concerned that the bedrooms which are on the opposite end of the house are going to be really hot in the summer. There are cathedral ceilings in 80% of the house, but there's some attic space above the central hallway and bathrooms. I think there's adjacent "attic" space to all of the bedrooms. Is there an A/C unit that I could install in the attic and then pipe the cool air to the 3 bedrooms with some ducting through the walls?

Leah Frances 02-28-2008 03:04 PM

Look at Small Duct High Velocity (SDHV) systems. System design and installation is the KEY so think twice before DIYing and ONLY hire someone who has alot of experience with it.

SpacePak and Unico have competing systems.

Can't wait till I can afford one. Two zone installation in our big house (masonry walls) is going to run in the 30K ballpark!

PS. That 30K will use a heat pump that will also get us a supplemental heating system so we don't have to buy so much got-dang oil for our boiler next year. And because it is an air handling system we will be able to 'balance' the feel of the house and add central filtration.

perpetual98 02-28-2008 08:06 PM

I looked up Spacepak and that looks pretty slick. The rep for Southern Wisconsin is actually local to us too. :)

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