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    1000 sq ft house__better off just using 2 window shakers?

    i currently live in a small 1000 sq foot house. Would i be better off just using 2 through the wall units? The lr/dr and kitchen are all open to each other and about 600 sq ft. my thoughts were just install a nice big unit for the lr/dr kit. and a small unit for my bedroom. I would leave the 2nd bed and single bath alone. What do u guys think? I ould save alot of money.any thoughts?

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    before making a decision you should at least pay for a load calculation to determine what type of system would be best.
    There is a good chance you are right but a load test is cheap and accurate
    what if you put in the window units and they run now stop?
    or they only last 5 years and you got to buy new ones every 5 years?
    on the onther hand
    Maybe a split wont fit
    or you will have to many upgrades to make it worth the cost

    either way you should get your place sized up
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    How long do you plan on keeping the house?

    If more than a couple years, a simple 13seer straight cool/ele heat (I wish 10seer was available) split will add value to the home and improve comfort, air filtration and movement over window a/c's. Plus bugs get in around window a/c and air leaks in too.

    I guess heat is not really an issue?

    You will get your money back when you sell the house and get the extra comfort for years for free.

    Having said that, I've been low in funds and know that window units will suffice.

    To the pro's,,, anyone ever compare the latent capacity of the 10 seer to the 13? Given the same low end blower, 10seer was better.

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    i plan on staying a while( although i planned on staying a while in the last 2 houses over the last 10years). I currently have a hot air system, so installing a cac would be easier than not. I dont know if i could justify the price though. I could pick up and install myself a properly sized unit for the main living area for under $500. while having a cac installed will cost probably 7 times that. There def is an advantage to the cac( resale value, along with mor comfort and quietness throughout). I have a hard time spending that much more though when i can achieve similar results much much more cheaper. I have the next 2 seasons to make the descision. I guees if anyone has any other thoughts, let me know. thanks

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    Get quotes prior to making assumptions; you may only require a small 1.5 ton unit depending on your climate and building envelope.
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    Depending on what area you live in.
    You might be able to justify, installing a dual fuel heat pump instead of just a CAC on that furnace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amd View Post
    Get quotes prior to making assumptions; you may only require a small 1.5 ton unit depending on your climate and building envelope.
    That are my thoughts exactly. This sounds like a small house to me. Just for your information lets say your load calcs only calls for just a one ton unit I was just told that Coleman actually makes a 13 seer 1 ton central air conditioning system. I thought that was odd but it might be cheaper than going 1.5 ton. BUT depends on load calculation. Get qoutes.

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    York/Luxaire/Coleman UPG, came out with the 1 ton units a little over a year ago. maybe 2 years now.
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    The condenser I install the most is the Texas Furnace Spartan series (texasfurnace dot com, model 2AC13 series). Nominally, they have a 1.5 ton system. I've never checked ARI btu ratings, but from experience, it usually only pulls about 5.5 amps. So, I'd guess it's a "light" 1.5 tonner.

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    Aesthetics is a major problem using room units & fans

    Quote Originally Posted by suzook View Post
    i currently live in a small 1000 sq foot house. Would i be better off just using 2 through the wall units? The lr/dr and kitchen are all open to each other and about 600 sq ft. my thoughts were just install a nice big unit for the lr/dr kit. and a small unit for my bedroom. I would leave the 2nd bed and single bath alone. What do u guys think? I could save a lot of money.any thoughts?
    If you go for window room A/C's you will need fans to circulate the air from, & back to the room unit.

    On the first floor, I use two 18" Wind Machine 3300 fans with a half-ton unit for 850-sf plus. The fans have a vertical adjustment & three speeds & really do the job.

    Even with an occasional 104F heat index, my situation works perfect with a half-ton on the first floor & with another half-ton on the second floor of my 1937 farm home. For one bedroom, hallway & bathroom, I use two smaller fans on the second floor.

    Aesthetics is a major problem for most people using room units & fans! Without additional air moving fans small A/C room units will not cool, because they merely begin to recirculate the cooled air near them back through the units.


    A couple of one ton systems would add a lot of value to your home as compared to the room units. The ductless systems have more tonnage choices than ducted split-systems, & they work very well but are not cheap.

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