We are about to get started renovating a small (1800 sq ft) hundred year-old colonial-style house with 2 floors plus a finished attic. The house has hot water heat with radiators and no a/c.
Our current plan is to replace the radiators on the 1st floor with in-floor radiant heat and to install a whole-house a/c system. After reading this forum for a while, I'm leaning heavily toward installing a split a/c system -- either standard-split or VRV -- using Daikin or Mitsubishi equipment.
I'm wondering if I can get advice on 2 issues:
1. My architect thinks ductless interior units are ugly. Is there a disadvantage to using the ducted or recessed units rather than ductless ones? I've scoured the forum posts but haven't found much discussion about this so I would REALLY appreciate professional opinions on the subject.
2. Could someone recommend a contractor who really knows their stuff and has substantial experience designing and installing this kind of system? We are in Westchester County.
Thanks in advance ...