Hi, I am new to this site and to HVAC issues. I am the owner of a 1923 colonial, three floors, and want to install central air. We have no duct work. I have just gotten a bid from a highly respected contractor who has nothing good to say about high velocity systems. He said it will be less aesthetically pleasing and probably more expensive than the traditional system (with hard duct work). Running the system he suggests will take some of my closet space and there will be a build out in one room.
I wonder if someone would be willing to give me the pros and cons of these products. Before speaking to this guy, I was thinking that the high velocity system was probably the way to go.
The problem with some people is once they have their mind make up they will do what they want even if its not right.
However, here is some advice from an old timer that is in this business (46 years plus)
From My experience those systems are not that great. Have the contractor install the duct in corners of the rooms or across the ceiling or Thru closets. If the duct is installed in the corners of the rooms or across the ceiling have a carpenter box it in with sheet rock to make it look like part of the wall.
A Note of caution: Have the contractor install the duct a bit larger that he would if running it thru the wall. Because many homes do not have sufficient air to upstairs rooms due in large part to the small space the duct is in in the wall. I do this all the time and customers love the fact that they are getting plenty of air to the rooms, it makes a satified customer.
Good luck with your choice.
Keep in mind that good air supply to the rooms is as important, or maybe more important than the equipment size.
[Edited by 42yrs exp on 08-30-2005 at 05:44 AM]
Your highly respected contractor has probably never been trained on HV systems. They have been around for many years and as with all systems need to be installed properly. Do a search here on Unico, Space-Pac or High velocity. I would also search heat load/loss and the importance of instillation.
It has been a long hot summer but dont jump into this to fast. Do your homework. It will pay off for many years.
Sounds like contractor may have your best
Originally posted by kathylou
... 1923 colonial, three floors, and want to install central air. ... no duct work.
... it will be less aesthetically pleasing and probably more expensive than the traditional system
Running the system he suggests will take some of my closet space and there will be a build out in one room.
interests for reliable, economical A/C in mind.
No duct work ... also means no existing heating?
How much Insulation do you have in ceiling and walls?
Age of Windows? Infiltration?
Are you planning on having a blower door test to determine infiltration? I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND test on an
83 year old house in order to have the A/C sizing
selected appropriate to your specific needs & conditions.
It is highly likely that without adressing
infiltration the A/C design and instllation
may NOT be adeqaute. Contact local air balancer and/or utility to discuss testing.
Note: Very few A/C firms provide this service.
What does your ACCA Manual J load analysis tell
you about the overall A/C systems requirements
No Square Footage for each floor was mentioned
so a realistic perspective on Your situation
can not be provided.
How many rooms on each floor (4, 5, 6, 7 ?)would indicate the complexity of the air distribution.
3 floors may mean 3 (2 minimum) unique systems
to address a small-medium 1923 colonial.
The 2nd floor may be a candidate for a high velocity system. Feasible air handler locations have to be determined first.
Unico & Spacepak are the two most noted mfgs.
_ One may be able to make it fit without a build-out or less chases and soffits.
_ Local techs may not be familiar with Hi-Velocity system.
Need more specific advice ...
you may e-mail me.
[Edited by dan sw fl on 08-30-2005 at 02:12 PM]
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I use them,but really would rather duct a house,I just feel I have more options.They do work well and we have fixed a few by others that did not work well or were noisey. This system is best installed by people who do them alot. They are a diffrent animal.
It's NOT the BRAND,it's the company that installs it!!!!!
Good advice. 42yrs exp
I too am an old timmer, your just a kid I have 45 years in the trade.
good to see old timmers posting here.
42 years? do you see a lot of the trade fading as we all die off?
seems like when the old timers go they take alittle of the trade with them.
I would like to talk to you.
Installed properly, high velocity systems work great and are not noisy. The equipement is more expensive but unico is a well made product, its the only brand i have experience with, and yes if installed improperly they suck, just like any other system.