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Old 01-26-2009, 08:45 AM   #1
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I was watching the this old house hour/show the other day and seen something that looked pretty cool. They were fitting an older home with a HVAC system and the ducts throughout the house were very small in size (in my opinion) wrapped in a insulation material. So I was wondering if it would be worth it to do something like that to a house that alread has a system installed? I was thinking it would force the air out better traveling through a smaller area, and the insulation would also be a benefit. Another reason for wanting to ask this question is because the celing in my basement is barely 6'6" and I was looking to open some room with a smaller duct system running which ever way.

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That was a cool only system. Not made for heating.

Used where there is boiler heat and no basement.

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hmm ok...didn't see that in the video, should have paid more attention
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That would be a high velocity system.

You probably also missed the larger duct those smaller runs connected to.

Along with it needing a high velocity air handler, that has a price tag that can bring a tear to your eye.
I can buy 3, yes 3 standard 2 ton air handlers for the price of 1 high velocity 2 ton air handler.

If not installed improperly, they are extremely.
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LOL...

Have you ever seen This old house, use any cheap price product?
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That would be a high velocity system.

You probably also missed the larger duct those smaller runs connected to.

Along with it needing a high velocity air handler, that has a price tag that can bring a tear to your eye.
I can buy 3, yes 3 standard 2 ton air handlers for the price of 1 high velocity 2 ton air handler.

If not installed improperly, they are extremely.,,,,,,,NOISY

Jeeze....now we are finishing each other sentences (spooky music) that's scary.
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LOL...

Have you ever seen This old house, use any cheap price product?

Yeah, I agree.

let's see them go into some REAL neighborhoods. Hell, they'd get jacked so bad they'd be lucky if the hoods let them keep their underwear!
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LOL.. Yea.

I'd like to see what they would do, at a $185,000 house, where money is a big object. ROFLMAO

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