While older homes were designed to be heated by fires and cooled with open windows, HVAC systems are far more practical options today. Retrofitting an old house with modern heating and cooling appliances can be challenging, but it’s possible with the following options.
Heating & Cooling Tips for Older Homes
1. Ductless Systems
Ductwork is uncommon in older homes, making it difficult and costly to install central HVAC systems. Fortunately, ductless mini-split systems offer solutions that are energy-efficient and cost-effective.
With a ductless mini-split, you can install an individual unit in each room, providing modular heating and cooling controls where you need them. Because they’re ductless, they can be installed virtually anywhere with access to electricity.
2. Heat Pumps
Despite their name, heat pumps can be used for both heating and cooling. Like air conditioners, heat pumps use refrigerant to draw hot air out of your home in the summer, leaving only chilled air behind. When used for heating, they operate by pulling heat out of the air or ground and drawing it into your home.
One of the biggest advantages of a heat pump is there’s no need to install separate systems for heating and cooling, saving you money when outfitting an older home. Because they rely on heat transfer rather than burning fuel, they’re also highly efficient and more eco-friendly than traditional furnaces.
3. High-Velocity HVAC Systems
While older homes can be outfitted to accommodate central HVACs, in some instances, there isn’t enough room to fit the required ductwork. In this case, high-velocity, small-duct systems are ideal solutions for providing powerful heating and cooling without renovations.
The flexible ducts can be installed through your existing framework by feeding them through walls, ceilings, and floors to accommodate the unique layout without large duct installation, wall units, or bulkheads.
Upgrade the heating and cooling in your home by contacting Jon’s Plumbing & Heating in Mount Vernon, OH. Since 1998, our team of state-licensed plumbing and HVAC contractors has provided high-quality services, including HVAC repairs, maintenance, and installations for retrofits and modern constructions. Contact us today at (740) 392-5667 for help finding the right air conditioner or heating system for your home, or visit our website to learn more about our services.