I don't even know where to begin... We are looking to possibly have central air installed. I am totally for it but it is something I have to convince my boyfriend of. He never had it so he doesn't realize what he is missing. I had it almost my whole life, and it was one thing that was on my list of must haves when we were house hunting. His must have was a finished basement... Well here we are in our first home, and he has his "man cave" and I am without central air, but this home was one we could not pass by. I am sick and tired of the window air conditioners. It take up a window, and they are sooooo loud. This is something we need to save for so probably within the next few years.
We are located in Western Ma, and our home is a one story standard ranch 960sq ft. Three bedrooms, one bathroom, living room, and kitchen.
We are not sure if we should do an overhaul on the whole heating system and add air conditioning to system or just have the central air installed through the attic. The heating system we have is circulated hot water baseboards. So no duct work for central air. I believe our furnace is about 19 years old. It is a Smith cast iron boiler. We had some work done on it last year...but I have not clue what the average lifetime is. I believe if we did a whole overhaul it would be switched to forced hot air, and then we would be able to add the air conditioning.
Any suggestions as to what we should strive to do here, and any rough estimate as far as cost???
One last thing my rafters in the basement go from front to back and there is a drop ceiling without much clearance for duct work... how does this work???
I guess we just need some direction and how much we are looking to spend so we can save. I hate to bother an HVAC contractor for a quote as we are not ready to do this anytime this year.