Old homes come with a lot of charm, but usually with very little space for an air conditioning system also. This means that if your house was built before air conditioning was the standard, you might have difficulty finding room for a traditional AC unit. Luckily, there are some great ways to keep your house comfortable without major renovations. Here are the best solutions for keeping your old home comfortable all year round.
Ductless Split Air Conditioner
This is also referred to as a mini-split AC system. It is comprised of two parts: a wall mounted unit inside the home responsible for delivering air and a compressor unit outside the house. A small hole is made in the wall to allow refrigerant lines to run between the two units.
How it works:
It works by producing cool air in the outdoor unit that is pumped into the house. A fan on the inside unit then distributes the cool air throughout the room while sucking out hot air from inside.
These types of units are generally less expensive to run than other ductless systems. While window units are cheaper initially, mini-split systems will save you the most money in the long run. They are also much nicer looking than bulky window units and have nice, sleek appearance inside your home.
Ductless split AC units can also have as many as four indoor fans connected to the outside compressor unit. All these systems can be controlled with a convenient hand-held remote which can set each room to a different temperature.
Small Duct, High-Velocity Air Conditioning System
In an older house, every inch of space counts. This is why many homeowners go for small duct, high-velocity air conditioning units. These kinds of systems work in similar ways to traditional AC units, while only taking up a fraction of space.
How it works:
Regular ducts that deliver air are large, bulky and take up a lot of room in your home. Comparatively, a small duct, high-velocity AC has ducts that are around two inches in diameter. To make up for their size, they must push out air faster and harder than traditional AC units. Many who are short on space prefer these units as they deliver the same comfort as traditional systems while only taking up a fraction of the space.
The obvious pro to these kinds of systems is the space saved. They use less room than traditional systems, making them ideal for your older home. Since they push out the air at such a high velocity, your house will also cool faster. Additionally, these kinds of units are great at removing humidity, so air will feel drier and cooler.
If you have any questions on the best way to keep your old home comfortable, call Climate Design today. Our experienced technicians will be more than happy to discuss the best way to improve your homes comfort.