If you have an older home, then you know that it’s tough to keep the interior temperatures comfortable. Architectural differences between older and newer homes make it a challenge to efficiently cool an old house. The good news is that you can enjoy the beauty and history of owning an old home without paying a fortune to keep it cool. Here are a few tips.
Embrace Non-Traditional Cooling Systems
In modern homes, the ductwork is typically tucked away in areas where it cannot be seen. If this type of infrastructure wasn’t included during the construction of your home, it may not have the space to add it. This means that a high-velocity cooling system may be the best option for your old home. High-velocity systems use mini-ductwork to keep your home cool. These are just three inches in diameter, so a heating and cooling company may be able to install the system over your ceilings and throughout the walls of your home. The vents are small, too, so they’ll have less impact on the interior aesthetics of your old home.
Use Ductless Mini-Split Systems
If there really isn’t room for any kind of duct-based cooling system, you can install a ductless mini-split unit. This type of system doesn’t require you to install ductwork, making it a cooling option when you can’t install ductwork. Ductless mini-split systems use an outside heat pump that connects to an interior air handling unit. The system will then emit cool air throughout your old home’s living areas. One unit can support several inside units, but the capacity will depend on the model you choose. A major benefit of a ductless system is that you’ll have access to zoned heating and cooling because each handler can be operated independently. This saves energy.
A Company That Knows Old Homes
At David White Services, we offer a variety of heating and cooling services, including options that are perfect for old and new homes. We also help homeowners in Lancaster and Athens with their indoor air quality and offer water heater solutions. To learn more, contact us today.