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new construction HVAC

vudswa
June 1, 2017

HI,

I am building a new construction single family ranch in bay area california. The house is a single level 3200 sqft with 9 ft ceilings in most room and 14 ft ceiling in family living area.

I am working with an architect and trying to decide between having the ducts in the attic vs crawl space. Is there any feedback from home builders in CA ?

thanks

vud

Comments (12)
  • tigerdunes

    I assume you live in a moderate climate both for heating and cooling. I prefer crawl space and for a home this size, I think 2 units over one for best comfort and control. But if one system, I would want home broken out into 2 distinct and separate zones with zoning controls.

    IMO

  • PRO
    Austin Air Companie

    I prefer nice big open attic. Sorry, I am not crawling around in a crawl space to fix nothing. (what ever you put in, is at some point in time going to break down... plan ahead.)

  • mike_home

    An unconditioned attic is the worst place to install HVAC equipment in my opinion. Is there a possibility of a partial basement? If there is then I recommend installing the equipment in the basement area and running the ducts through the crawl space. If that is not feasible then the crawl space needs to be tall enough to lay the furnace or air handler on its side for servicing.

  • PRO
    Austin Air Companie

    If the attic is 'PROPERLY' ventilated it doesn't matter. I live, work and play in the AC capital of the WORLD. (Katy, Texas)

    Oh there he goes again with all this 'PROPERLY' talk.

  • sktn77a

    Given that you are in California, with a generally dry climate, I would put them in the crawlspace. The attic will get VERY hot there while the crawlspace will be much cooler. In the south and southeast, we have problems with damp crawlspaces but you should be relatively free of that.

  • SaltiDawg

    "I prefer nice big open attic. Sorry, I am not crawling around in a crawl
    space to fix nothing. (what ever you put in, is at some point in time
    going to break down... plan ahead.)"

    lol

    This from a "PRO" that posts his contact info for anything that is near his/her location. (Something that most all forums forbid in their Terms of Service, and something most all "Pros" would not consider doing. Seemingly OK here.)

    Wow!

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    Austin Air Companie

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  • PRO
    Faith Heating & Cooling Chicago

    It really dependa in what your plans are regarding your attick and basement. Since you are in a warm climate area I would go with the attick sincewarm air rises and it will help with your cooling. But making sure it is properly insulated is very important.

    http://www.heating-repair-chicago.com

  • JeCrigler

    Hey Ray, I just subscribed to your YouTube channel. Good stuff, watching videos now!

  • ionized_gw

    Attic or crawl space is the choice? Choose the one that is sealed off from the outdoors and coupled to the living space.

  • Amir Fish

    Another question - What is recommended for bay area - furnace + A/C? or mini splits? mainly wondering about operating costs.

  • sktn77a

    "Another question - What is recommended for bay area - furnace + A/C? or mini splits? mainly wondering about operating costs."

    Depends on energy costs. Generally, in Northern CA with PG&E or SMUD electric rates, gas is way cheaper.

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