When you decide to purchase a home that is older and has a great deal of history and charm, you may not be completely prepared for everything that makes an older home unique compared to newer homes. Old houses, especially those built in the 1800s and early 1900s, were not built with air circulation in mind, at least not in terms of air conditioning or heating systems. If you are looking to add air conditioning in such a house, get to know some of the different options available to you so that you can get started on your home air conditioning installation as soon as possible.

Ductless HVAC Systems

One of the easiest options to better control the temperature in your older home is through a ductless HVAC system. Unlike standard central air conditioning systems, these ductless systems do not require any drilling into walls and floors to install ductwork for air to move through. This is especially beneficial in older homes because they tend to have thicker and more solid walls than newer homes (like brick or stone).

These systems still have the external air conditioning units but the vents for the air are wall mounted and attached to the main unit through tiny tubes that cool the air that comes out of these vents. In addition to being much easier to install than central air conditioning systems in older houses, ductless HVAC systems are also much more energy efficient. You can also customize which areas of your home receive extra cooling or heating by adding extra vents as needed.

Window Air Conditioners

Sometimes an older home is designed so that certain areas remain quite comfortable and cool while others are excessively hot. This is particularly true of multi-level homes and with upstairs bedrooms.

If you have certain areas of your older home that seem to get hot during the day and stay warm all day and night long, you may want to consider installing window air conditioners in these rooms. These smaller air conditioning units have the condenser and vent all in the unit that fits into a window frame. They are designed to effectively cool an entire room. Window air conditioners are removed during the winter and installed at the beginning of the hot season.

Window air conditioners are convenient because you can pick and choose which rooms to focus on or can supplement air conditioning systems that have already been installed in the home. This gives you more control over your home's temperature and can help you to better manage your home's energy use.

Now that you know a few of the options available to you for air conditioning in your older home, you can be sure that you are making the right choices for you and your home. For more information, contact services like HomeSmart From Xcel Energy.