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Ductless Heating and Cooling of the Hard to Duct Home

You are building a log home or a home that you want the rustic look of the floors above also being the ceiling of the floor below. You hate the thought of having to install ugly heating and air conditioning ductwork in your new home. For you there is hope. You can still have a comfortable home and have the look that you want.

The advancements in ductless heating and cooling has made it possible for you to have those wood ceilings, roof lines, wood walls, and everything you can think of. The new ductless HVAC units take up very little space on your wall. They can be placed almost anywhere with a little planning, and they are very efficient at both heating and cooling.

The many features do not stop with the heating and cooling. Most units have remote controls to run the unit. Many of these units can run multiple inside units from one outdoor unit. These units are so quiet that you have to feel the air coming from them to see if they are running. The installation has been simplified to the point that they can be installed very quickly by an experienced professional.

If you are concerned about the looks on the outside, that too can be fixed rather easily. The piping and wiring going to the indoor units is relatively small and can be hidden in many ways by using a little imagination. Colored aluminum can be fabricated to cover the pipes. I have also run the piping through rain spouting and made it to look like just another rain spout coming off of the roof.

If you are looking to build or remodel and are worried about the look you will have on the inside, then take a look at ductless split heat pumps to give the comfort and the looks.

Good heating professionals can find many ways to make these units work for you. Make sure that you do not settle for something less than you want. You may need to look at more than a few companies to find the one that will give you the system that you want.

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How i change 2 by 6 beam in load bearing wall? I want to put timber wood back in place of loD bearing? What is the load on wall?


The load on the wall is determined by the type of structure and what is above the load beam. Instead of trying to replace the load bearing element, would it not be easier to cover the existing beam with wood as sheathing to give the rustic appearance you are looking for?

You can specify the thickness and finish, and when joined properly it will look fine. This will keep you from having to jack and support the adjoining ceilings on both sides, and avoid inviting possible further Damage to the structure.

It can be done, but it will not be cheap or easy.

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switch up or down for winter use?


I'm not sure that the manufacturers are consistent on which way to mount the switch (many are mounted sideways).

For summer, you want the wind to blow down on you. Hold a strip of paper in your hand and see which way it goes.

For winter, you want the wind to blow upwards. This will push against the ceiling, forcing the warm air to circulate down to the floor level.

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