Installing central air in a 3-storey home with radiators
Hi everyone. I used to be active on Gardenweb but haven't been in a long time. Now, I'm looking to buy a house (after selling my old house with massive garden and then renting an apartment for 6+ years).
The house I am currently most interested in is a 3-storey Victorian twin (or semi-detached, depending on your preferred lingo). It has radiator heat, which I LOVE. But what I don't love are Philadelphia-area summers without air conditioning. It is very importantly to me to be able to have or install central a/c in any house that I buy. I know that there are small-vent systems available for older homes without the standard metal duct work.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has installed one of these alongside radiator heat - and hear about benefits, frustrations, how well these systems work, and COST. I'm also wondering if it will be difficult to install in a 3-storey house - there's obviously no attic or basement next to the middle storey, and I don't know if that would be a problem. It's also important to me that any a/c system *really* cools the entire house. Because I hate hot weather. Did I mention that?