Tips for Air Conditioner Units in Old HomesOld houses have such charm…the woodwork, the architecture, the history. They also usually have a few headaches. If you live in an old house, you’ve probably suffered through a hot-spell with little relief from an air conditioning system, but there are ways to cool down. Here are some tips for making a decision on a new air conditioning system in an older home.
CENTRAL AIRA central air conditioner can be easily installed by an HVAC professional into an older home, provided the home has ductwork. No ductwork? It can be added into an older home if you’re willing to spend the extra time and money to have it installed properly. Many times homeowners add the ductwork during a major remodel project, while some floors and walls are exposed. The idea of installing an entirely new HVAC system in an older home puts some homeowners on edge because older homes are generally limited in space, and the prospect of installing bulky ductwork is overwhelming. If you’re not up for that kind of home improvement project, there are retrofit system options for all types of older homes.
MINI-SPLITA mini-split, or ductless system, places individual units in each room, connected by a thin refrigerant and power line that leads to an outdoor air conditioning compressor and fan. The mini units can be pretty inconspicuous because they are:
- Mounted on a ceiling
- Flush-mounted in a drop ceiling, like recessed lighting
- Hung on a wall