Originally, older homes did not contain modern conveniences, like air conditioning. Installing ductwork and electrical infrastructure for air conditioning can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. Read on to learn more about the top three air conditioning options for older homes.
Variable refrigerant flow systems, also known as VRF systems are a great cooling solution for older homes. They are similar to central air conditioning systems, in that they have an outdoor condenser and air handlers that are contained indoors. But the reason why they’re great for older homes is that they can be installed without ducts. Instead, use efrigerant lines to connect small fan coil units throughout your home.
Because there are many of these small fan coils installed in your home, you control different areas, or zones, individually. This means you can keep only the occupied areas of your home cool and save on your energy costs. VRF systems are extremely energy-efficient and operate quietly, which means you get consistent and cool comfort throughout your home.
With the advent of modern technology, you can control the different zones with a smartphone, tablet, or another smart device. Just because your house is older doesn’t mean you can’t use smart technology to conveniently boost your comfort! VRF systems are also preferred because they break down less frequently than other cooling systems. But before you install a VRF system within your home, it’s important to find an experienced installer. These systems are quite intricate, and if installed incorrectly, may not perform properly. In the long run, hiring an expert will bring you reliable comfort for years to come.
A high-velocity HVAC system is another great choice to install in older homes because it’s specifically designed to fit in spaces that don’t have room for large ducts. These systems include smaller ducts that are flexible and only around two inches in diameter, making them perfect for any space. These flexible ducts can be fed through walls, and in many cases, the circular vents are only about five inches around. This means you can install an air conditioning system without the need to tear apart your walls and ceilings.
Because the ducts are insulated, they are quite quiet despite having a high velocity of air moving through them. The entire system takes up little space as the air compressor is usually installed outside of the home.
Ductless Mini Split
Split systems have two main components: the outdoor unit, which consisted of a condensing unit and the compressor, and the indoor unit, which consists of an evaporator coil and an air handling unit. As their name implies, ductless mini-split systems don’t involve ductwork. The outdoor unit and indoor unit connect through a conduit with electrical lines and refrigerant.
Install the outdoor unit beneath a window and mount the indoor unit on a wall or ceiling. Not as efficient as other systems on this list, these systems cool one or two rooms throughout your home. They can be a smart idea if you’d like to add air conditioning to space like your attic.
Which Option Is Right for Older Homes?
When choosing an air conditioning option for your older home, it’s best to consult with an HVAC specialist, so you can get their expert opinion about what type of system might work best for your unique needs. Coastal Mechanical Contractors is happy to help residents of the Houma, LA area find HVAC solutions that work for them. Contact us today to learn more.