Should you add central air conditioning to a historic home?

Owning a historic home is an exciting, unique and sometimes challenging home-owner experience. While it may seem necessary to go through an air conditioning installation with an older home, there are some factors to consider before beginning the process.

The biggest task many air conditioning service companies face when installing central AC in an older home is the lack of space for ductwork. While it’s not impossible, adding ductwork can often result in lowering ceilings, tearing up drywall and ultimately making major cosmetic changes to the interior of a home. Before beginning construction for ductwork, look in to air conditioning units that can be retrofitted for installation in the floors, walls and ceilings to prevent major work.

Make sure to consider the size of your house when picking a unit for a historic home. Historic homes often have less sophisticated electric systems which may be a factor when installing a new air conditioning system. Examine the voltage capacity of your home and consult with a local air conditioner repair company to ensure you’re purchasing the right size for your home.

When selecting an air conditioning unit for installation, proper placement outside the home is key. Even the quietest systems can be heard from inside the home, especially on older homes where insulation can be compromised. Pick a spot that won’t detract from the curb appeal, and won’t be noisy inside the home. Also check with your local home owner’s association, as they sometimes will have rules on where you can install a new system.

While installing a full air conditioning system can seem daunting, it can greatly pay off in your personal comfort during the summer heat, as well as increase potential equity in the home. Air conditioning installation companies are an important resource to rely on as you make this major decision. Contact Glacier today!