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    Question about installing ductwork

    My wife and I looked at an old huge house today that we could see a lot of potential in updating and living in. One of the big issues is that there is currently no central air or ductwork and it uses radiators to heat the house. We would want to have that installed if possible, and I was wondering if anybody had any experience with a project like that or information about what something like that would cost? It is a 3000 sq ft house with 5 br/2 bath and three full floors above the basement...



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    I can send you a quote. Just IM me if you are interested.



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    I got a quote for $10,072.



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    If you have 3 floors above the basement and want good air movement in all areas/rooms, it is going to be spendy getting ductwork in all areas. My folks have a house that had radiator heat as well and it is a two story. It was always hot unless you had a couple window air conditioners on each floor. This last year dad put a central air unit in the attic and blows it down through the ceilings on the second floor which worked very well upstairs but was still warm on the main floor. This year he installed some ductwork so he has two vents going onto the main floor. It is a pretty open floorplan so hopefully that will make a big difference. I don't know how you could make it work with 3 levels below the attic though.

    I doubt you are able to touch it for $10 grand if you want it done right.



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    If you have 3 floors above the basement and want good air movement in all areas/rooms, it is going to be spendy getting ductwork in all areas. My folks have a house that had radiator heat as well and it is a two story. It was always hot unless you had a couple window air conditioners on each floor. This last year dad put a central air unit in the attic and blows it down through the ceilings on the second floor which worked very well upstairs but was still warm on the main floor. This year he installed some ductwork so he has two vents going onto the main floor. It is a pretty open floorplan so hopefully that will make a big difference. I don't know how you could make it work with 3 levels below the attic though.

    I doubt you are able to touch it for $10 grand if you want it done right.
    The "attic" in this house is actually a full floor with a couple of bedrooms and the second story and main levels below it, floor plan is pretty wide open...



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    I remember looking at a house like that when we were house hunting. It still had steam heat with radiators, which isn't necessarily bad, you just want an updated boiler system that runs fairly efficiently. The former owner (who I'm pretty sure just flipped it) added central AC by putting vents in the ceiling. I was told it was cheaper than adding full ductwork, and it let the AC work better than forcing it to use floor vents. No idea what any of this costs, though.



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    You should look at "Ductless Split Systems", such as this...

    Fujitsu Ductless Mini-Splits: Products



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    Quote Originally Posted by becrisgreg View Post
    You should look at "Ductless Split Systems", such as this...

    Fujitsu Ductless Mini-Splits: Products

    Interesting...do you have any first hand knowledge with these? Any idea what they would cost?



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    I have a 1916 house with radiators. Best type of heat... hands down (even, radiant, no dust movement, silent, no drafts). I updated the boiler with a 94% modulating high efficiency boiler (NTI). It rocks. My house has 9 foot ceilings, is white stucco, and has a full walk in attic... which adds up to very little need for central air. I cool my entire hours (4000 sq ft) with 3-4 window air conditioners that I use sparingly. While I do admit the look of a box sticking out the window looks bad for 3-4 months a year, it's very cheap and allows for zone control. I paid ~$2100 for the boiler about 4 years back... think it runs about $3000 now minus any rebates. I did most the labor myself and paid a professional for final hookup / check.

    If you want central air however, then I agree it's best to stick with one system... although forced air heat is inferior to radiant.



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    We definitely would like to do central air...does anybody have any experience with those ductless systems? It looks like it'd be a good deal if I got a bigger one for each floor that would be able to heat/cool the entire floor but I'd feel better about it if I knew a couple people that had used them and liked them...



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    Quote Originally Posted by tigershoops31 View Post
    ...does anybody have any experience with those ductless systems?
    On vacation out west a few years ago, the cottage we stayed in used this style of system. We used the AC during the day but then turned on the heat at night and the system worked great. Granted it was only heating/cooling a 700 or so square foot cottage, but I was impressed. The unit was built into the wall at ceiling height, so it did not detract from the look of the room.

    So I've had 7 days of experience, not much, but I liked the system.



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    Quote Originally Posted by C.John View Post
    On vacation out west a few years ago, the cottage we stayed in used this style of system. We used the AC during the day but then turned on the heat at night and the system worked great. Granted it was only heating/cooling a 700 or so square foot cottage, but I was impressed. The unit was built into the wall at ceiling height, so it did not detract from the look of the room.

    So I've had 7 days of experience, not much, but I liked the system.
    Better than nothing, thanks for the information



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    Re: Question about installing ductwork

    I'm sure the estimates are free. Why not have some contractors take a look at it?



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    Quote Originally Posted by isuno1fan View Post
    I'm sure the estimates are free. Why not have some contractors take a look at it?
    If we were dead set on buying it then that will be our next step...the issue is that we wanted to get an idea on what some of this stuff will cost before we make our decision on whether to buy the place or not...



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