I have a 50+ year old home and would like to install central heat and
CY: Excellent idea.
Home is located in Southern CA and is about 1800 sq. feet, single
There is no current system other than a gas wall heater. I have room
attic to run ducts and a closet at the end of a hallway in the center
house for the forced air unit. The closet area is about 34 by 34
closet will have to be demolished to build a new closet specifically
CY: You sound serious. Good job, sir.
My questions are:
Will the closet need a dedicated outlet or can I tap into an outlet on
other side of the wall (which would be a kitchen counter outlet).
CY: The heating plant/ air handler should be on its own 15 amp
How large of a unit should I need for about 1800 sq ft.?
CY: Not being there, I can't be sure. However, I'd guess 60,000 BTU
heating, and two tons cooling.
Can rooms or sections of the house be "zoned". (I have a 400 sq ft
family/game room that does not need to be cooled/heated unless it is
CY: Should be able to get vents that close.
Will I need to pour cement to level the area for the compressor? Their
already is cement on the side of the house but it is sloped 10-15
CY: The compressor needs to be level. How you do this depends on you
and the contractors.
Will a new flue be necessary for the heater. The existing flue for the
wall heater is about eight feet, (down the hall) from the closet so
CY: If you get a 90 percenter, the installers will use PVC pipe for
the flue, which is relatively painless technique.
Since the house is old (built 1951) will I need another power drop.
Currently the house does not have a 220V outlet. Their is a natural
running through the current closet area going into the kitchen.
CY: It is possible that your house has 220 volt capability which was
not yet used. Your local contractor can answer that for you.
I'm thinking of a Carrier system like the Infinity 96. Any good or bad
CY: I've never worked with those.
What should I expect to pay??
CY: If you use illegal criminal border jumpers for labor, about
$3,572.14. If you use union guys who actually do the job right, I'd
Thanks for the help!!