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Want central A/C in a circulated hot water house
I just moved into a modest 1917 colonial here in Michigan (after living in the north-east all my life) and I have a standard gas fired hot water boiler and circulating system with a combination of standard baseboard units in some of the rooms. But in the main spaces (bedrooms, dining room, kitchen) I have hydronic fan coils, i.e., when the thermostat calls for heat, not only does the boiler come on, but also does the fan in each of these units blowing air over the hot coils in each room.
I would like to have central A/C, but since I do not want the expense of running air ducting for a central air unit, I was wondering if I could install the air conditioning compressor unit with a heat exchanger that uses the water in the boiler to circulate cold water to the hydronic fan coils in the summer time.
Has that ever been done? Would it work? Would you think local heating/cooling specialists be able to accomodate this request? Thanks.