We have been dealing with heating and cooling issues in our great room ever since we first moved into this house a couple of years ago.
I love the great room because of its high ceilings and the beautiful chimney and fireplace that’s made out of river rock from one of the rivers in the area.
It’s a really beautiful part of the house and I especially love the fireplace there during the winter and over the holidays. But the fact is that there really are heating and cooling issues in the great room. In the summer, it gets really hot in there because the A/C just can’t keep up with all of that open space and the high vaulted ceilings. In the winter, even though the wood burning fireplace helps out with the heating a little bit, the fact of the matter is that no matter what you do, heat rises. And in that great room with the giant high ceilings, the heat rises right up to the top of the house and out the roof! I’ve been doing a little bit of research about it and I came across a couple of different HVAC websites with what I thought were some good ideas that might help with the heating and cooling problems in that room. One of the things that was mentioned was something called a ductless mini split air conditioning system. With an HVAC system like this one, you don’t have to worry about installing extra ductwork. Wall mounted HVAC units like these don’t need any additional ductwork run in order to work.