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Addition AC: Options?

Hi,

This is somewhat of a complex (and long question). Sorry.

I am a Homeowner. We live in central Virginia. We have a 2000sqft home that is well insulated. We have hydronic RFH. For cooling we have a slightly unusual system. We have a 2 ton chiller (Aquaproducts)which feeds cooled fluid to a 2 ton Spacepak high velocity system and small diameter ductwork. The chiller also cools water that is circulated in the radiant system for some degree of radiant cooling. The system is just barely adequate. I think that the fault is that the chiller is too small, as the fluid temperature into the Spacepak system can be as high as 55F. Because of this the chiller runs continuously during the summer. The house is just barely OK except for runs of several days over 95F.

Anyway, we want to build an addition. It will be 3 stories, with each floor being about 320 sqft (a little over 1000sq which includes a finished basement room). We have now gotten 2 proposals for cooling the addition and helping the rest of the house. I am also wondering about other options.

Proposal #1: Increase the size of the chiller (5 tons)Unico and add an additional 1.5 ton Unico fan coil/distributor. Cool the addition with high velocity ductwork. The estimate for this is expensive (>$14k)

Proposal #2. Increase the size of the chiller to 4 tons (Multiaqua). Use some of the chilled fluid to a) feed the current Spacepak, b) feed chilled water to 2 air handlers in the addition situated in such a way as to primarily cool and condition the Addition as well as help the rest of the house and c) supply cooled water for the radiant system. I have gotten a quote for this and it is expensive (>$10k).

Other ideas (mine):

1) 2-3 zone Mini-split system to cool and condition the Addition (and some of the house). This would hopefully take some of the load off of the current system.

2) Install a small conventional heatpump/AC with conventional ductwork in the addition which would hopefully also take some of the load off the house. Right now the plans do not take into consideration conventionally sized ductwork, but I imagine we can change that.

I do not know if anyone has done a Manual J calculation (but will be asking)

Thanks for letting me ramble.

Bart

Comments

  • don_192don_192 Member Posts: 45
    Wow!

    Wow! sounds like a great project you have going.

    If I may ask...The chiller you speak of is it aircooled or
    water cooled?

    Also what are you using now for humidity issue with your floor panels?
  • Bart NathanBart Nathan Member Posts: 6


    > Wow! sounds like a great project you have

    > going.

    >

    > If I may ask...The chiller you speak of

    > is it aircooled or water cooled?

    >

    > Also what

    > are you using now for humidity issue with your

    > floor panels?



  • Bart NathanBart Nathan Member Posts: 6
    Chiller

    The chiller is air-cooled (I'm pretty sure). It is one of the ones from here Aquaproducts chillers

    The air in the house is conditioned (ie. humidity decreased) and cooled by the chiller feeding the Spacepak high velocity air handler. The radiant cooling contributes to the cooling, but the majority of the cooling load is done by the chiller/Spacepak.

    Any thoughts on which of the options (from the original message) would be best?

    B
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