My 1920's house has forced air, does a decent job heating, a middling job cooling the house, but at great expense -- essentially no zoning in these old houses. NYC area.
Baseboard hot water systems are great, as they can be infinitely zoned with ease -- by their very design, in fact.
But what about using the same for air conditioning (:"chilled water")? Large buildings use this system, and have internal plumbing for handling the condensate -- which can overflow, btw, with disastrous apt. consequences.
Is this do-able, practical in a house? How would long-ish horizontal pipe runs be handled? Just avoid? How to handle the condensate off vertical pipes?
I realize pipe insulation would of course help, but maybe not insulating the pipes and effectively catching the condensation would ultimately be more effective, more sanitary? With the pipes themselves acting to help the dehumidification process.
Just curious as to what I'd be looking at if I went this route.
The energy savings would be, in my case, substantial, but the installation cost would also likely be substantial, at the least.