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Heating and cooling systems are an integral part of your home. Whether you're maintaining a heating or cooling system, or replacing one, you can talk about it on Hometalk. There are HVAC professionals in the Hometalk community who will jump into conversations about anything related to heating and cooling, just to be helpful. There are also homeowners and renters who have dealt with all kinds of heating and cooling issues. From ventilation or boiler issues to thermostats & air conditioners, start talking about heating and cooling on Hometalk.
I am about to put on a new roof, and I am putting in a subfloor in the attic to use it for storage ( for now). I would like to insulate the attic, but am unsure of the "best" way to do
so. One alternative is to "seal" the attic off using spray foam insulation, and the other alternative I am considering is to use a radiant barrier or reflective insulation. the radiant barrier (with a ridge vent) will be significantly cheaper, easier to install, and a lot less messy, but will it be as effective as using the spray foam insulation? Also, if I do seal off the attic with the spray foam, do I have to worry about problems with condensation from regular house air in a cold winter? Also, some time in the future I may want to finish all or part of the attic, and I would like for the insulation to be adequate so that I can reasonably heat and cool the space. I live in North Carolina, wher the summers are hot and humid and the winters do have occasional bursts of fairly cold weather. Any advice would be much appreciated.
I live in a pretty old apartment with an air conditioner that's probably been here since the 70's. I'm not sure what kind of maintenance it has received, if any. Is it necessary to do regular maintenance like changing coolant or something?
I would like central air conditioning for approx. 1400 Sq.Ft house. 2nd floor is a loft open at both ends. Structure is insulated but no furnace exists. Is there such a thing as a Heat Pump that only cools?