Washington, DC

July, 2011 photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

End of July seems like a good time to discuss A/C installation. My husband and I are starting to get quotes to install A/C in our 1,500 sq ft, 3 BR, 1 BA rowhouse. We will keep our radiator heating and eventually install a mini-split in the basement for A/C and heat.

There isn’t space on the main floor for conventional horizontal ductwork throughout, or a mini-split unit, so we thought high-velocity was the way to go–but were a bit surprised by Sila’s $25k quote (we were expecting $15-20k).

I found a thread on this topic from six years ago, and it seems like some people have installed a conventional A/C system using closets for ductwork to the main floor, so we’ll explore that option too.

Looking for updated HVAC company recommendations, and any other wisdom on this topic. Thank you!”


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