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HVAC [Jun. 2nd, 2011|11:21 am]
Doug Ayen
Last night, I got a third, and as it turns out, winning quote for getting rid of the baseboard electric heat and window AC units, and putting in a central HVAC system. Since the house layout is straightforward, and it's pretty well insulated, it will actually cost less than half of what I've saved/budgeted for. The contractor comes recommended from a couple of acquaintances, keeps spares for the equipment he installs, and is local, so that's an overall win. I gave him the deposit, and he thinks they can start on Monday.

Since I'm under budget on this item, now the trick is to not spend the surplus on more toys^M tools.

Now to clean house so that they can do the work without having to deal with my crap.
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[User Picture]From: jesscurve
2011-06-02 03:50 pm (UTC)
how awesome!!!! :) yay!
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[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2011-06-02 04:18 pm (UTC)
Very interesting. If I might ask, how much is it to retrofit your house?

I've thought about it here, but the heat is well covered by the radiant, and I seem to be able to keep up with 3 window units and the built in over in the kitchen. Still, curious.

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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2011-06-02 05:35 pm (UTC)
$7,500 including 16 SEER York heat pump, insulated ductwork, 2 returns, programmable thermostat, and a total of 11 registers. Only one zone, though up to 4 zones can be added in (damper-based) if I decide I need the separation, and I've decided (for now) to skip the humidifier and other add-ons. The filter is in the returns for ease of replacement, and there's a UV sterilizer to combat mold/mildew.

My house is a ranch with a full basement, and we're running the ducts in there, so I'm saving a lot on installation. It also doesn't hurt that, according to my contractor, there just isn't any demand right now for new installations, so he's hurting for work, and the vendors are heavily discounting equipment just to make sales.
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[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2011-06-02 11:52 pm (UTC)
*wow*, that's a good deal. Granted my house is 3 floors and has the radiant, but still putting in the duct will take time and energy not to mention running the lines and mounting the pump.

Man that's going to save a lot on your electric bills. Good luck and take some pictures of it all going in.

C
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[User Picture]From: blackanvil
2011-06-03 05:12 pm (UTC)
Heh. Want his number?
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