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Jules1

01:03PM | 08/07/04
Member Since: 08/06/04
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I'm going to be renovating a four floor 6000 sq.ft. brownstone in the New Jersey in the next couple of months. At present the property only has steam heating, which I understand can't be zoned. This has me a little worried as we won't be using the whole house all of the time and the bills I'm sure will be huge. We will be installing a/c and a couple of people have recommended a German system, which apparently has very narrow ducting, ideal for this type of house. However, I was wondering whether it made sense to invest in a complete new HVAC system while we are doing the work. Any suggestions on systems that can use narrow piping and offer multiple zones would be appreciated!

Jules1

05:44PM | 08/07/04
Member Since: 08/06/04
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Thanks for responding however, while the the renovations will be quite extensive I'm not sure under floor heating will necessarily work.We have period wood flooring in most of the rooms and it's one of the things we want to keep! I think the reason people have referred to a "German" system is that apparently it uses really narrow ducting and so can be used to install a/c reasonably easily in old houses. What I don't know is can it be used for heating as well.
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