Older homes offer the grace, treasure, and style you cannot get in modern construction. It’s probably the reason why some are still standing. Features like real plaster walls, rigid wood doors, and beautiful wood trims show off unique craftsmanship. There is always a downside to everything. In this case, old homes don’t have energy-efficient AC units. Which brings us to this title; Is it possible to install HVAC piping in old houses?
Adding an HVAC system to an old house
Retrofitting a forced-air system
As the need to add AC systems in old houses kept increasing, technicians gradually identified solutions. Installing a duct forced-air system pioneered the journey. Although the job is quite tedious, it solves the air conditioning problem in old houses. The technician will cut large holes through the walls and ceilings that should create paths for ducts to lay. If your walls are too hard to crack, the contractor can run the new piping inside closets, which only means that your precious closet spaces go. You don’t have to worry about the ugly marks as the technician will patch and paint when done laying the pipes.
No ducts? No problem
As technology continued to evolve, the ductless age was discovered. Today, most central air conditioners are split systems. What does this mean? The unit is split with the condenser located outside the house while the fan and coil system is situated in the house. However, the two units are connected with pipes that run up to each other around the house.
The ductless split HVAC systems are much easier to install because they don’t require ducts to complete the system. The contractor will install the central condensing unit outside close to the wall. He or she will then cut small holes of about two to three inches for the refrigerant lines to pass. Should the lines be forced to run up the side of your house, the contractor will cover them with taping that matches the theme and color of your home. Some ductless AC systems can serve up to eight separate zones from one condensing unit standing outside. Old homes benefit immensely from ductless HVAC technology.
To answer the question, yes, it’s possible to install an HVAC piping in old houses. You need the right experts by your side to advice best on proper techniques. Are you tired of paying escalated energy costs in your old home? Call us today at 408-295-2182 and let us find the right HVAC unit for your house.