Anyone have experience w/spacepac...

Old 07-22-08, 07:49 AM
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Anyone have experience w/spacepac...

or something similar?

No central air in our house. Built in the 30's. Window units are doing a fine job now, but this is our first house and after living in an apartment with window units as well for so many years I would love to have some type of central air.

I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to this stuff so forgive me if I don't use the right words or phrasing.

The house is pretty small (I don't know exactly, but I'm guessing around 1,800 sq. feet at the most) and I hate to take up lots of space adding ductwork. So I was thinking about spacepac or something like it. I understand it takes up much less space.

I've heard pros and cons -- what do you all think?

We're not undertaking this any time soon -- not in the budget right now. Just trying to arm myself with some information.


ETA: Sorry if I posted in the wrong place -- I just realized air conditioning has a whole separate forum...
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Spacepac is a high-velocity duct system and ALL high-velocity systems tend to be noisy unless very carefully designed and installed. If your lifestyle is such that there is always a fairly high level of background noise such as children, television, radio, barking dogs or you live next to a busy street you might not notice the noise. If you like quiet times and even the refrigerator noise is sometimes irritating I suspect that you will NOT be happy with a high-velocity system.

They can also create annoying drafts and will often limit furniture placement because of the concentrated blast of air. The parts other than the ducts are the same size as any system using more conventionally sized ductwork.
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If properly designed and installed SpacePak systems can be very quiet - in fact the system at high-end new homes in my area is often a combination of hydronically heated floors and slabs and a high-velocity systems AC such as SpacePak for cooling.

The key here - especially for retrofits - is the designer/installer.

One alternative if you have 2-4 rooms or spaces to cool is a ductless system, for example:

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