Where the heck do I start?
Next month I’m moving into a five bedroom 100+ year old Victorian in LaGrange, IL. My large gas furnace is working but old. I noticed some of the duct work in basement has duct tape on some spots. I think this guy fixed everything with duct tape.
We would like to replace the unit with a more energy efficient unit. We wanted to add central air at the same time. Someone mentioned they have units that are heat and AC in one? I’m not sure where to start? Any advice you can give would be great. Thanks so much.
Call a contractor
Look up a good contractor here www.aireserv.com would be a good start.
Call up a few contractors and see what they have to say.
Aire Serv of SW Connecticut- Gas heat, dual fuel and central a/c systems installed and serviced
Where to start? Probably insulation & new windows! Love them old houses! Mines a 1910 model.
Freezeking2000 is right...get some eyeballs out there.
If you can't push; pull... If you can't pull; GET OUT OF THE WAY!!
Well said. Old houses tend to breathe, which wasn't a bad thing way back when, but is a bad thing if you're planning on installing modern HVAC. Unless you want an oversized HVAC and massive utility bills you'll want to address insulation, air sealing, and probably windows (although you might want to keep the old inefficient ones for aesthetic reasons) before you pull the trigger on HVAC. For the record, I'm not an HVAC pro, just a homeowner.
Originally Posted by hvaclmnop
On a related note, have any of you pros worked on a mini-duct system (I think also referred to as "High Velocity") before? It seems like an interesting new technology, especially for retrofits like the OP is looking at:
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Not really new.
Originally Posted by PikeyDawg
Well, maybe just new to me
Originally Posted by bootlen
Are they any good?
Out with the old, in with the new
If I where upgrading my system in a house that olderI would consider a furnace and condensing unit for heat and cool and a separate cooling unit for the upstairs with duct work it the attic. I am not sure where you live but here in the mid west you can not cool the 2nd floor of a old house with one unit. Heating is usually not a issue.
Just something to consider,