04:47AM | 12/23/02
Member Since: 12/22/02
5 lifetime posts
Well I stepped up to the plate and bought my first house. 2 story with a large basement. It's a great house and I love it, but unfortunately it doesn't have any A/C and what's worse is that the heating system is a hot water (base board) heat and you guessed it there is zero duct work. If that's not bad enought the basement is 95% finished.

So the burning question (burning especially in the warm Colordo summer) is how the heck am going to cool my house in the summer without spending more money they I will ever get out of my house? It is a first house I guess but I really don't want to start thinking about buying another house just because I am sweating throught the summer.

I've already replaced all the windows and installed more attic venting to help with the heat. Help! Computer geeks like me aren't all that great with anything that doesn't have keyboard and a mouse as and input device!


06:54AM | 12/23/02
Member Since: 12/22/02
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Thanks for the info... I'm excited that I do have some options. I thought I was stuck but this does pop up an other question that hopefully won't take up to much of anybody's time to answer.

Will it be possible to get the ventilation or circulation to lower levels if I use the attic? It seems I have very limited space in the walls and the only way I could think of getting cool to travel the levels is to close of the exaust from the hot water heater in the summer and use the exaust vent since it runs right down the center of the house to each level but I don't know what's possible yet and I haven't called to get any estimates yet for fear of seeing the price tag on such a project.

It would be nice to have an engineers education on the physics of home heating but unfortunatly I wasn't born with the gift of that kind of intellect, and a lot of the time I don't really think the people that do A/C installs know much more. Is there a "certification" that I could look for that would tell me I working with a good company/technician?

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