When renovating a much older building especially in urban areas such as Florida, adding modern conveniences can be quite a challenge. One of these conveniences is air conditioning. Most older buildings do not have space for ductwork installation and the electrical systems present may not be sufficient to handle the AC equipment load.
Upgrading the electric can be quite expensive and finding a space for the air conditioning equipment is a much bigger problem. If you don’t get this right, you may end up damaging the original floors, plaster, and woodwork. Even when you consider the best case, you may still have to give up your closet space or lower the ceilings a little bit in order to make room for the equipment.
The way out on this is to consider alternative air conditioning systems suitable for your older home.
Ideal AC Options for Older Homes
There are three options you can settle for when updating air conditioning for your home and these include:
These systems are one of the best contemporary AC solutions for older buildings. VRF systems consist of an outdoor condenser unit as well as indoor air handlers. This is much like the traditional central AC systems. The beauty with these systems is that you can install them without ducts. What they use instead are refrigerant lines which connect many smaller indoor fan coil units throughout the space.
The new VRF system technology provides both cooling and heating in different areas within your indoor space at the same time. By using multiple indoor units, you can zone the different spaces and control them individually.
The other advantage with VRF systems is that they operate quietly and in an energy-efficient manner since they variable speed compressor only runs at the required capacity for the load at hand.
Using this system ensures that your home cools or heats evenly without cold or hot spots. When coupled with mobile control technology, you can control the various settings right from your smartphone.
Ductless Mini Splits
The reason they are called split systems is because they consist of two major components: the condensing and compressor unit. Both the indoor and outdoor units are connected via a conduit of electrical and refrigerant lines. Typically, the outdoor unit is installed under a window or where available, a mechanical room. The indoor unit is wall mounted or stored in the ceiling.
Because of their size and cooling capacity, ductless mini splits are mostly used for cooling one or two rooms.
High Velocity Systems
This is one of the smartest HVAC systems for older homes because they are designed for spaces which do not accommodate large ducts. The high velocity system includes flexible ducts that measure only about 2 inches in diameter and which can be fed around obstacles and through walls without the need to cut big holes in the ceiling and walls. To reduce noise, the ducts are also insulated.
Sometimes choosing the right option for your home can be tricky and this is why you require advise from HVAC professionals.