anyone have central air? mine is 1800 squ.ft house. one level.4 brs.
i'm now using one small window unit..want to go ----- cool... any help??
One compressor into 2 or 3 or 4 split units certainly is an option and they are available in Santiago and Santo Domingo... maybe even a little cheaper than the one suggested (as an example above).I have seen the tri or quad zone system like this Sanyo in a 3 bedroom condo in Santiago. Place was about 1350 sq. ft. and system was more than needed to cool the whole condo.
QUAD ZONE 12+7+7+7 kBTU AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM KMS1272/KMS0772-3/CM2472
Was that in DR? It could work if you're a little more in the country.It works, I've built and used them. If done correctly, along with shading, insulated windows, etc, you won't be able to leave it on all nite. You'll freeze your, uh.....you'll be cold.
Earth cooling tubes are likely to perform poorly in hot, humid areas, because the ground does not remain sufficiently cool at a reasonable depth during the summer months. Moreover, dehumidification, another equally important aspect of cooling, is difficult to achieve with earth cooling. Mechanical dehumidifiers will most likely be necessary.
The dark and humid atmosphere of the cooling tubes may be a breeding ground for odor-producing molds and fungi. Furthermore, condensation or ground water seepage may accumulate in the tubes and encourage the growth of bacteria. Good construction and drainage could eliminate some of these problems.
Make sure to shop around for pricing on the 24,000 btu unit. Often the price here will include installation, compare that to price from outside plus installation plus hassle at customs PLUS you often void any warranty ....I think green. i like the cool tubes...(but) I'll probably go for a thru the wall 24,000 btu unit.
$$500. plus shipping, electrician-new outlet etc...$100. window modification probably another yard.
They coulkd work, but would have to go very deep.Cool tubes won't work here. As also suggested on the web site mentioned earlier... humidity (again) will create issues of excessive condensation and mold, allergies, fungus and even bacteria.
You can build up your house on an "above ground cellar" like they do in Spain or most of the US's South. Creating an OPEN crawl space 2 or 3 feet high from which cooler air can be pulled up and exhausted again thru chimney escapes, creating a cool to warm circulation.
It's NOT A/C but smarter building.
Best idea. Also vines on the walls. Hibiscus makes a nice living fence and Bougainvillea is a nice vine for walls. There are also special windows that can reduce the amount of heat entering the house.Plant trees around the house and then install widows units depending in the size of the room, this is the cheapest way to make it cooler...
I am afraid they could still encounter the same issue of condensation, CB.They coulkd work, but would have to go very deep.
Geo-therm would be an option, but drilling deep into the rocky DR ground is a challenge...and expensive.
Geo could work, but the up front cost makes the payback long, like other forms of alternative energy. Here the problem is drilling an adequate hole through rock.I am afraid they could still encounter the same issue of condensation, CB.
As deep as you chose to install them, they don't FIND cool air, they DO cool air that is supplied thru them from above ground... in most OUR case (we don't all have the privilege to live up in the mountains) here in the DR, that would be HUMID air. As that air cools down in the buried pipes, that humidity condensates and eventually may start to accumulate at the bottom of your pipes and grow "stuff" which may create undesirable odors, even health issues.
Rocky ground which would "siphon" that condensation at the bottom, may however be a solution... but that would be a good luck kind'a thing to find and be able to drill.
"Cool pipes" are for Southern Spain, parts of Australia... and Arizona maybe... hot and DRY situations, but probably not worth the effort in this Tropical climate.
Build your homes over 3 feet of empty space, keep your roof overhangs large and low, double layer your roofs with an airspace, locate and orient your homes so you take full advantage of the breeze THROUGHOUT the it, arrange airflow so cool air can migrate from the shade from the bottom up and hot air escape at the top sucking new cooler air from bellow.
'Cos it's cheaper than making "whoopee" with EdeNorte.