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  1. #1
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    Question Need to know whom to contact - what type of HVAC contractor

    I am NOT a DIYer. I am a homeowner in need of guidance. I have tried to contact HVAC contractors (from the phone book) book but none could help me with my problem. I think I need some sort of specialist but I have no idea where to start. So I will present the situation and would greatly appreciate some advice regarding a potential solution for the problem and the type of contractor that I should contact to assess and install the solution.

    My situation:
    I live in a multifloor condo and the two rooms on my third floor do not have windows. In the summer these rooms are too warm to utilize. Although my home has central air these rooms do not have ductwork installed so the air does not reach these rooms. The closest vent is in the hallway on the staircase but it does not give off enough cool air to impact these rooms. What are my options to cool these rooms? Would a split a/c system solve this problem? I have had a few contractors evaluate the space and none have been able to figure out hoe to install ductwork that would tie into the current central a/c system.

    As we have a small space, not using these two rooms in the summer is very problematic and I need to resolve soon as I plan to turn one of the rooms into a room for our infant.

    Both rooms have roof access (b/c they are on the third floor). One room has a skylight that does not open, I am willing to remove or change the skylight.

    Help! If anyone has any ideas please respond to this post.

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    Might want to check into a mini split for those 2 rooms.
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    There are several mini splits on the market that would work well for that application. There are also several configuration options for the evaporator fan sections (the part inside)
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    Question Follow-up Question

    I know this is going to sound really stupid in a professional forum but how can I find a HVAC contractor in nortehrn NJ with knowledge and experience with mini splits?

    As I mentioned the HVAC contractors I have contacted thus far have not been able to help me. How can I locate someone who has done this type of work before? Is there some sort of professonal organization that I can contact for references?

    I serached the internet for mini-splits but I only found sites selling them. I need a contractor any tips for locating one in my area?

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    Be aware that the lack of windows limits egress from the rooms - and using them as a bedroom is frowned upon. I'm not your Dad, just saying...

    Potential installers "might" give you some resistance because of this issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larobj63 View Post
    Be aware that the lack of windows limits egress from the rooms
    And egress from these third floor rooms would be considered "beneficial", if a window were to be added?

    Does your facility have a sprinkler system?
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    Go to the manufacturers websites, and look up contractors in your area.
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    Red face

    Quote Originally Posted by dan sw fl View Post
    And egress from these third floor rooms would be considered "beneficial", if a window were to be added?

    Does your facility have a sprinkler system?
    Unfortunately both rooms are totally within the building (not near an exterior wall) so I can't install windows. The condo is a converted municipal building and they did not change the structure at all when they converted they just built around what was already framed out.

    There is a sprinkler system installed in the common areas but not in the individual condo units.

    Thanks for the advice. I will seek out a local contractor to evaluate the space and suggest options. But it sounds like I may just have to move...I bought the place when single and it was gigantic..now it is a matchbox with loads of renovation challenges.


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    Mini-split alternative?

    Not sure whether this is an HVAC solution or not. Could a whole house fan work for my unique situation? As I mentioned I already have central air but no vents in the two rooms I am trying to cool off in the summer.

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    Most likely not if you intend to utilize your AC. Whole house fans are just that. They exhaust large volumes of air, ergo what goes out must come in. Infiltration of air to replace the exhausted air would necessitate the introduction of makeup air from the outside, hot, humid pollen laden air, open windows and such.
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    Might be time to reevaluate you entire home layout. Maybe existing storage space can be converted into living space, and use that 3rd floor as storage space.

    I would not want to use a isolated room without windows or fresh air ventilation from as a nursury. Yikes!

    Might be time to move on before you sink too much money into that place. Might even make sense to rent a home for a while until you can afford the ideal property.

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    Check here ;

    http://www.tjernlund.com/newproducts.htm

    Look for Aire Share,this moves air from your conditioned rooms to unconditioned rooms.If there wasn't and attic above your unconditioned rooms it wiould work better,check it out.

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