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Heating and Air Conditioning Needing Heating and Air Conditioning Upstairs

Oct 16, 2016

Heating and Air Conditioning-- Needing Heating and Air Conditioning Upstairs

In many older homes there is a shortage of air flow on the second floor. If you have an older home and need heating and air conditioning on your second floor, there may be options available to you. A ductless mini split system may be the right choice. Older homes are beautiful. The distinct character and class that comes with a century old home is truly unsurpassable by most of their contemporary counterparts. Unfortunately, one of the characteristics most older homes embody is energy inefficiency. Although, owning an older home can be a real joy, however it is not necessarily filled with the modern conveniences we all enjoy. Often times, older homes are lacking in some of the most basic elements of energy efficiency. This is due to many factors. Those factors include older single pane windows, no or little insulation, and poor heating and air conditioning. Chiefly among those is heating and air conditioning; especially on the second floor. Having air flow on the second floor is crucial when the summer or winter temperature becomes extreme.Although it is not uncommon for older homes to have heating and air conditioning in the form of central air and a furnace, sometimes it is not effective. The reason for this is because of the construction of the home. Often a century old home will only have duct work that supplies heating and air conditioning effectively to the main floor, because the construction of the home does not allow for duct work to go upstairs to the second floor. This means that the second floors of many homes receive very little air flow.In the past there were few options available to the homeowner of this type of home. Those options are usually a window ac or a free standing unit placed in a bedroom. These are usually poor choices for those people who would like to have a system that is more permanent and reliable. But, modern ductless systems are the perfect choice for homes that cannot utilize duct work inside the walls.Getting a ductless system installed in a second floor makes a great choice for many reasons. First and most importantly, it can provide relief from the hot and cold temperatures the same way that central air or a furnace works. But, with the ductless system it can be installed in an attic, on the wall or in the ceiling. So, that means there is no tearing down plaster walls or other costly renovations.There are many ductless systems on the market, that range from a single room use to multiple rooms. Multi-room ductless systems can heat or cool one to three zones depending on the type of system that you purchase.Of course, the ductless system is not cheap, however when one considers the cost of remodeling in order to provide the modern comforts to their vintage house, it makes quite a bit of sense. Getting heating and air conditioning in an old Victorian is no easy task, but with a ductless system it makes the job much more simple.