Installing a Water-Cooled HVAC System

Project: Miami Beach Condo, Episode 6, Part 3

The bathroom gets a contemporary update that includes a sleek new toilet, chrome-finish faucets, a shower spa with multiple sprays, and a vanity sink.

Heating and cooling systems are established by way of a closet HVAC installation. The self-monitoring, water-cooled HVAC unit has an automatic shutoff valve that prevents damage in case of malfunction.
Part 1: Installing a Toto One-Piece Toilet
Part 2: Touring a Pierce Allen-Designed Apartment
Part 3: Installing a Water-Cooled HVAC System
Jeff Akers of The Air Authority explains how heat is recovered from the water that flows into the apartment and fuels the condo's heat pump.

The HVAC unit is housed in a utility closet to be concealed by a louver door. The ductwork in the building must be fiberglass or metal, not flex, and all seams must covered with mastic to prevent leakage (as mandated by Florida energy policy).

Akers then shows Bob the Energy Star thermostat, which poperates without wires or mercury. And all settings can be locked to avoid tampering-- a feature that is critical for a vacation getaway that is frequently unoccupied.
Part 4: Installing Moen Faucets in the Bathroom Vanity
In this condo renewal project, Bob and the crew demonstrate how to use space, color, and choice finishes to make the most of a small space.

The kitchen is converted into an elegant dining space looking onto the living area, while a closet is transformed into a bar with recessed lighting and glass shelves. And the small bathroom turns into an oasis with luminous glass tile, a wash of color, and sleek new fixtures.

Pocket doors with an antique-look are installed so as to separate the living and sleeping spaces, and furniture is selected to reflect Miami's unique personality.

Finally, the outdoor space overlooking Biscayne Bay is made practical and, perhaps most importantly, comfortable.