The Cross House
When I purchased the Cross House in 2014, it was blessed with newish three-zone central AC, with three “towers”, as I call them.
Tower #2 was in the corner of the library. Which meant that the room now had a boxed-in corner. Oh, the horror. So, I relocated the tower into a closet.
In the dining room, one side of the ceiling had a dropped soffit to cover a trunk line. This made the room…lopsided. Oh, the horror. So, I relocated the trunk line.
In the foyer, just above the elegant mantel, there were two flexible ducts which dropped down from between the ceiling joists, ran visibly above the elegant mantel, and then vanished back up into the ceiling. The visible bits would need to be boxed in with a soffit. Which would look awful. Yep, more horror. So, through some artful engineering, and significant expense, I managed to get the ducts fully IN the ceiling. And I am quite proud of this.
These latter ducts supply the round bedroom. And this room was the furthest from any tower.
I am terrified of the snake because is is SO long and SO winding. All the length and all these twists & turns = reduced efficiency. Which might mean: the round bedroom may never be properly cooled.
And this would be very bad. I have nightmares of the house being beautifully restored but with…an AC unit sticking out of a window in the round tower. Yep, an unimaginable horror.
To assure that my nightmares would never come true, I replaced all the flexible ductwork with rigid ducting, which is considerably more efficient.
This seemingly simple job proved otherwise. For, I had to remove all the just-installed sub-flooring on the landing. Then I had to remove the just-installed ceiling in the stairhall niche below. Geez. I am a dink.
But, after much silly ado, The Snake is now more, ah, curvaceous and this should make a bit of difference in assuring maximum comfort in the round bedroom.
I now have the sub-floor reinstalled. This week I will reinstall the niche ceiling, and finish installing flooring on the remaining landing.
In the years to come, the round bedroom will, pray, be comfortable all summer and nobody will know anything about how much friggin’ effort and money was expended to assure this acme of coolness.