The charm and aesthetic of a historic home are unmatched. Owning and living in a historic home comes with its challenges and limitations, though. Houses built back then differ vastly from the new construction of today, and that has an effect on how you heat and cool your home, and how easy a furnace installation will be.
Maybe the doors and windows have already been upgraded to cut back on the drafts, but how are you creating that warm air in the first place? Installing a new furnace in a historic home can be a tricky process, but you will notice the benefits almost immediately after upgrading.
First off, today’s modern units are incredibly more energy efficient when compared to older furnaces. A high-efficiency unit can provide as much as 90 percent energy efficiency, and a medium-efficiency unit provides between 80 to 90 percent energy efficiency. Conventional furnaces run about 75 to 80 percent energy efficiency but might fit well within the confines of a smaller home.
Difficulties might arise with the ductwork in your historic home. There may not be many options for laying out new ductwork, but you still might replace the old ducts. Just like that old furnace, the ductwork could be decades old, meaning it’s prone to leaking or other issues. The methods and standards used today are different and for the better, allowing more customized changes to increase airflow and efficiency.
You may also need to consider what type of fuel will run the new furnace in your home. Older systems likely used oil, but it could be possible to switch to natural gas. Natural gas is a more convenient and more cost-effective method of heating your home.
As mentioned before, your historic home has charm. You can preserve that aesthetic of your home’s interior with the right furnace. There are many designs to a new furnace, allowing you to fit it nearly anywhere without sacrificing its functionality.
If your historic home is looking for that much-needed HVAC servicing or upgrade, then call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (734) 425-1415. With our expert help, you can invest in a new HVAC system that will save both energy and money.