10:18AM | 07/14/99
Want central A/C in 97 year old, prairie style house (1600 square feet). We currently have one pipe steam with radiators and large removable window ACs (9.0 EER).

Neighbors have put in "SpacePak" works okay: expensive, still needed some ugly soffits. Not enough room to snake vents down 2x4 balloon frame.

Two completely new systems have been suggested: One for upstairs and one for downstairs.

1) Isn't it historically "evil" to ditch the radiators (even though we'd love to use the space)?

2) What are our options? Can any of the new technologies (such as gas, evaporative, water coolers) units work in Chicago's climate?


01:59AM | 07/20/99
Sounds like you're in a very similar situation as we are... 2700sq' two story prarie, 90yrs old... in Texas though. I have some definate ideas on how I'm heating & cooling including radiant heat & central air.

mail me at [mail][email protected][/mail] . I'd love to keep in touch with others that are in the same boat! *L*


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