There’s something about old homes that make them stand out over their modern counterparts. They have unique architectural details that add charm and character. But despite their historic appearance, many homeowners find it challenging to keep the interiors of these structures cool without causing a significant spike in energy bills. Acker Heating & Cooling, your trusted residential and commercial HVAC contractor, shares tips for cooling an old home efficiently.
Schedule a Home Energy Assessment
Heat gain is one of the most common issues in many older homes. Poor insulation can cause air leaks around the home’s energy envelope, increasing the workload on HVAC systems. This, in turn, leads to higher energy bills. Determine if this is the case for your old home by scheduling a home energy assessment with a certified energy auditor. They’ll conduct a walkthrough to analyze specific elements contributing to your home’s energy performance. They will also perform a series of tests to check how airtight your home is, and provide recommendations to help improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Have Your Air Conditioner Inspected
Get in touch with your trusted HVAC contractor for a comprehensive inspection of your existing heating and air conditioning system. This is to find out its overall condition and whether it’s still fit for use. The technician will check if the ductwork has signs of leakage, making the necessary repairs to make sure that cool air is distributed evenly throughout your home. They will also inspect the interior components of the system to see if they are still functioning well or would require replacement. Before calling the contractor, replace the air filters if they are filled with dirt, dust, and debris.
Invest in an Alternative Cooling Equipment
If your current AC system is due for a replacement, consider picking an alternative. We are talking about a ductless air conditioner, which doesn’t require any ductwork like most conventional cooling systems to keep your older home cool. Your chosen contractor will install it easily – mount the indoor unit high on the wall and connect it to the outdoor unit.
Acker Heating & Cooling provides exceptional HVAC services in Clarke, Elbert, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe counties. From repairing heating systems to maintaining cooling units, you can count on our team of experienced technicians to get the job done efficiently. No job is too big or too small for us. Call us now at (706) 425-8774, or fill out our contact form to request an appointment.