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    Blue Collar Bar. Can't get it comfortable. Please help!

    Existing “5 ton” unit.
    Bar is 70’ x 20’ rectangle. Ceilings 10’.
    There are 6 vents where the air comes out. They are about 15” square. They are spaced one at each end centered and 4 in the middle squared. Like a 1-2-2-1 set up along the rectangle.
    The big vent where the air goes in is 20” x 25” and just about center of bar.
    The outside temp is usually 95 – 105 F July – Sept.
    One of the techs showed me the readings of air temp into the bar at 55/56 while the air in the return was 81/82. The thermostat in the bar is way to hot at 85+
    The temp in the bar has cut business by 50 during these hot summer days. My desperation and urgency got me 4 HVAC Co’s to come take a look. The suggestions were:

    Company 1: Replace with a 10 ton system ($)
    Company 2: Put in a 4 ton sytem with “exposed” duct running length of bar and use existing as backup ($)
    Company 3: Increase size of existing air vents ($)
    Company 4: Use existing 5 ton and run “exposed” duct length of bar ($)

    The cost is not the issue… I just want the right solution, and right now I’m confused as heck and can’t do anything.

    Please help. Hard working peoples comfort is on the line.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by beenthere; 08-19-2012 at 06:55 AM. Reason: prices

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