I have just purchased a home in Seattle. We are moving from Long Island, NY. For a variety of reasons I need some extreme A/C in our new home. Specifically, we will want to keep the bedroom (about 13 x 17) at under 58 degrees, and preferably closer to 55 at ALL times (365 days/year). Here in NY I have an A/C "person" who has rigged a unit with special de-icing coils, "flaps" for the exterior vent areas, redone the thermo etc. on an individual unit. In addition, our main living area (about 1400 sq. ft.) has a 16 foot high "wall of windows" facing East (on Lake Washington Blvd, for those who know Seattle) and we would like to keep that area at around 64 degrees or lower throughout the year.
To complicate matters, I will be housing a book collection on the lower level of the house (the house has three levels...daylight basement entry, main living and top floor with daylight basement about 1600, main about 1600 and top about 1000) where I will also be working and would like that to be able to be as cool as 62 or so much of the time with extreme de-humidification. The top level of about 1000 sq. ft. can be around 70 most of the time (wife's work area and guest suite). Further complication is that we cannot have gas as a source. The final item on the wishlist is that the "system" (could be an assemblage of solutions) be one which is designed to prevent "unhealthy" situations from developing vis a vis ductwork etc.) Given how cold the bedroom would be, it would cause quite a bit of condensation on duct delivery vehicles unless properly insulated etc. In any event, what we have discovered is that, unlike NY, where "extreme" A/C seems to be encountered more frequently due to 100 degrees and high humidity, most of the people in Seattle treat A/C as an "option" and thus I am seeking an A/C genius!!
We are remodeling the home and both our architect and GC have indicated that they have worked with contractors in the past, but none who might know special "tricks" and "fixes" or "rigs" to get the degree of cooling in the bedroom, and also to approach a very challenging overall projects. I have found this forum (which I find to be truly amazing in the quality of exchanges) and as a "newbie" and for my first post, please try and guide me towards the kinds of help I am seeking. Thank you!! Seth