You have a beautiful older home in the Charlottesville area. Your desire is to preserve as much of its vintage charm as possible, but you also want a cooler, less humid indoor environment for the summer months. When renovating that older house, what’s the best way to upgrade the air conditioning? Investigate two choices in HVAC: central air and ductless mini-split systems.
If your older home already has ductwork in place, the decision is easy. Look into a new Carrier Factor central air conditioner. These modern, energy efficient systems send cooled air through existing ductwork while controlling home humidity levels for maximum climate comfort.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that new HVAC units reduce energy usage by 20 to 50 percent over older air conditioners. With seasonal maintenance by trained HVAC professionals and regular air filter changes, central air systems operate efficiently for years.
If your home has no ductwork, you could have it installed, but this is may be an unnecessary expense. A great alternative is a ductless mini-split system. With no ductwork, a mini-split system is less obtrusive in an elegant older home, distributing cooled air into selected rooms.
This type of cooling system can be very compatible with the traditional style and decor of an older home. The condenser and compressor are outdoors while the individual air handling unit is place inside. This portion may be suspended from a ceiling, wall-mounted, placed into a suspended ceiling or even set on the floor.
Learn more about W.E. Brown, Inc.’s air conditioning options, or contact us today at (434) 295-1177 to schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC experts!
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