As the oppressive heat of summer turns to the welcomed coolness of fall, the memory of that noisy window air conditioning unit is still fresh in your mind. Unfortunately, this is the case with many older homes where an efficient central air conditioning system is impractical, not to mention very expensive to install. Ductwork for air conditioning for older homes just cannot be installed without the expense of lowering ceilings or building out walls to hide them.
However, thanks to improvements in the air conditioning industry, there are some systems available that do not need the kind of bulky ductwork that is often associated with them. Mini-split systems, for example, utilize individual units that can be placed in each room. These require only a thin refrigerant and power connection to an outdoor compressor and fan. High velocity systems are also a good alternative. These use two-inch insulated air-supply tubing to deliver the cool air and the registers can be placed unobtrusively around ceiling perimeters.
It is not actually necessary to spend exorbitant amounts of money to cool every room in an older home. With mini-splits, cooling units can be installed in one or two rooms which can be used as a retreat during those hot summer days. A professional installer can assist you in choosing the appropriate compressor that allows room for future expansion.
When selecting an air-conditioning system, size definitely matters. A unit too big or small can lead to problems with higher electrical bills and maintenance costs as well as inefficient dehumidification. For example, oversized systems tend to cycle off and on more frequently which can cause their parts to wear out faster.
While there are a number of factors to take into consideration when cooling an older home, an efficient air-conditioning system can be installed on a budget to keep you cool during the dog days of summer. Contact Sila Heating & Air Conditioning for information on our high-velocity air-conditioning & mini-split systems that are perfect for cooling your older style home.