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Air conditioning systems for an NYC apt.

Posted by remodel_nightmare (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 30, 04 at 21:33

I just purchased a two story two bedroom apartment in NYC. It currently has central air that needs replacing. The current system is over 20 years old and the ceilings were lowered to put in the ductwork. I would like to restore the apartment to its original pre-war style by raising the ceilings.

I have considered a ductless split system that would not require ductwork. Does anyone have any ideas on what other options I have? Or if the ductless split system is a good choice? Thanks.

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RE: Air conditioning systems for an NYC apt.

I have an LG minisplit system in my 1885 house, works fine, no ducts. Mitsubishi makes a good one too,

ductless mini split unit

I am renovating an office that is in my garage. The space is about the size of a parking space (sorry - don't have measurements in hand). I'm a professor and use it only sporadically - most days in the summer, most days in January, and on and off the rest of the year, depending on what I'm working on. It currently has an ancient wall AC unit that barely works (though the brick garage stays quite cool in the summer and there are big french doors to the garden so I don't use it much anyway). It has ancient baseboard heaters some of which are hidden behind shelving units and cost a fortune to run (my January electric bill is the highest of the year). My contractor has recommended a mini split unit instead of a new AC unit and new, relocated baseboard heaters. My question is: is this worthwhile even if I don't use the AC very much? Also, I have read that the heat pump aspect of the minisplit unit doesn't really work in sub-freezing temperatures. January and February are exactly when I most need heat and in Washington DC it is certainly below freezing during those months. In other words, my main need is for heat not AC - it can be REALLY cold out there on a January morning! does it still make sense for me to install a minisplit? what do I need to know to get one properly installed?
Many thanks

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