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3 Air Conditioning Options For Old Houses

by Amy Henry

In newer homes, central air conditioning is often installed from the start, and if not, the house is usually set up to accommodate central air conditioning. Cooling an old home is trickier. Old houses often don't have the necessary elements in place for central air conditioning, and taking out walls to install ductwork is expensive and time consuming. However, that doesn't mean that your house has to be uncomfortably hot all summer. Take a look at some of the alternatives to central air conditioning that may work for your old house.

Window And Wall Units

Small window or wall mounted air conditioners are obvious choices for homes that aren't built for typical central air conditioning. These types of units are especially good choices if your home is very small, or if you only need to cool one or two rooms. These are also some of the cheapest home cooling solutions. Window air conditioners range from $100 to $300, and wall units are between $240 and $600 for a 150 to 400 square foot space.

Though wall units are more expensive, and will cost you more when it comes to installation, they're usually the better choice. Window units make the home less secure, as most of them can easily be pushed, which may allow a burglar to gain access to the home. Window units also block your view of the outdoors. However, if you're on a limited budget, you can avoid any installation costs by going with a window unit – installing them is a simple do-it-yourself job.

Mini Split Air Conditioner

If you have a medium or large sized home to cool, window and wall units aren't as practical. You would have to install them in every room, which could get expensive, and if they're being used often, your electric bill could skyrocket. A more economical option is the mini split air conditioner. These are also called ductless air conditioners.

Before you consider a ductless air conditioner for your home, you will first need to determine whether your home's electrical system can handle it. Most air conditioner systems require three wire systems with 230-volt circuits, but many older homes were not built with that high of a voltage in mind. Have an electrical contractor inspect your home's electrical system and update it if necessary.

Mini split air conditioners are great for homes that lack ductwork because they can be installed almost anywhere. The system consists of separate coils that are mounted in different rooms. Each room has it's own thermostat, so you can set different temperatures for different rooms, or even leave the air off in an unoccupied part of the house. While a mini split air conditioner is more costly to install than a window or wall unit, the mini split makes up for it by saving you money on your electric bill.

High Velocity Air Conditioning

If the mini split system isn't right for you, another good option is the high velocity air conditioning system. Like the mini split system, you may have to have your electricity upgraded in order for the high velocity system to function in your old home.

Instead of ductwork, the high velocity air conditioning system pushes air through two-inch tubing. It can be installed in places where ductwork is impractical. The installation is far easier than installing a conventional central air conditioning system, because it only requires one return vent. The only drawback of a high velocity air conditioning system is that it can be noisy. You may be able to hear the sound of the air rushing through the tubes. If you decide on this system, ask your air conditioner technician about installing additional soundproofing.

Living in an old house doesn't mean that you don't have air conditioning options. Click here and have your home inspected by an air conditioning contractor to find out which system is best for your home.