Discussing the Air Conditioning System & Breezeway Design

Project: Victorian Restoration, Episode 7, Part 2



A crew from Energy Guard is blowing in Green Fiber Cocoon cellulose insulation. Outside, Bob has a look at the new American Standard air conditioning condensers, before checking in with general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski and the workers who are building a "Romeo & Juliet"-style balcony on the second floor. Inside, Tim Woods from Internet Home Alliance explains more about the home's data and video wiring.
Part 1: Blowing In Cellulose Insulation
Part 2: Discussing the Air Conditioning System & Breezeway Design
Bob talks with Mike Donaghey (from American Standard) to learn more about the compressors, which are part of the barn's air conditioning system. The units have a powder-paint finish and ceramic-coated screws to prevent rusting, for safety and aesthetic reasons. Inside the lid is a little motor and a fan, and on the interior walls is a patented heat transfer agent (the copper pipe through which the refrigerant flows).

This a 12-SEER unit (Seasonal Energy Efficient Rating). The compressor and coil have 10-year warranties but can last much longer, depending on the part of country. Rusting-- especially with exposure to salt air-- is a major factor affecting life expectancy.

Next, Bob and general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski look at a couple of the old posts the architect intended to reuse in the breezeway. However, Charlie has discovered that the posts were reworked once before and are actually hollow. New posts will likely be in order.
Part 3: Structured Wiring Installation
Part 4: Blown-In Insulation
Located just five miles from downtown Boston, Bob's scouts discovered a Victorian-era house in a neighborhood of family homes on tree-lined streets that was past due for a full-scale renovation.

The home's new owners, a work-at-home family, have set goals to modernize the home's floor plan, update the building's mechanical and electrical systems, and add home office and work spaces for two busy professionals.

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