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Old 07-18-2013, 10:30 PM
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is this ac/furnace any good for a shop? or should i sell?

this is on a old house i own.

is this something that would work on a shop?

or should i just see what i can get out of it? i'm not sure what exactly works or doesn't.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:28 AM
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It may, or may not work as a "shop unit". It depends on several factors - mostly the size of the area to be heated/cooled.

Maybe ask an HVAC professional to look at it and give his opinion.

When we replaced our old whole house AC unit and furnace, my wife asked if the old units could be used to heat/cool our sun room on the back of the house instead of just throwing them away.
Initially, the AC guy said "No, it will be too big for just one room", but after taking into consideration that the unit was so old and inefficient, he said "Let me do some calculations - this may work."

Long story short, he said that with a properly sized return and enough supply ducts, the AC "should work" - and it did. The old furnace was placed in the back corner of the garage (under the sun room) and is used just as a blower for the AC. The room is too small for us to use the furnace as a heat source for that room. (it wouldn't cycle properly - too much furnace for one room)

We were able to take a room that was unusable in the summer due to extreme heat and make it an enjoyable part of our home.
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