Historic houses come with a lot of extra charm and personality, but unfortunately, they tend to be far more challenging to heat and cool. If you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat and using room heaters in specific areas of your home, it’s a problem that can be repaired more permanently with adjustments to your HVAC system.

What Makes Old Houses So Hard to Heat?

Heating and cooling older homes is often a challenge compared to the ease of heating newer homes. There are a few different factors that cause this. Many old homes have poor insulation, resulting in heavy losses of heat. Meanwhile, outdated HVAC systems lack the energy efficiency of the newer, higher-quality systems being created nowadays. Old homes also have a tendency to get drafty due to shifts in the house’s foundation.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to solve the problem of heating and cooling old homes so you can live comfortably.


Heating and Cooling Old Houses

Inadequate Insulation and Weatherstripping

Insulation and weatherstripping in old homes are often overlooked. However, if your home isn’t heating efficiently, there’s a chance that inadequate insulation or weatherstripping is a major cause.

When you want to fix your home’s insulation, a good place to start is getting an energy audit to figure out where most of your energy is being lost from. You’ll learn where the biggest issues are and what parts of your house you need to focus on.

Weatherstripping is relatively easy to replace, and you can even do it yourself with a few informational resources. Your attic or basement may also have gaps where there aren’t windows or doors ­­­– in that case, you can use expandable foam to fill in those spaces.

Effective HVAC Systems for Old Houses

There are plenty of HVAC system variations on the market today, from central HVAC units to completely ductless systems. However, some are more suited for old homes than others.

Ductless Heating Systems

As you might have guessed, ductless HVAC systems don’t require any ducts, making it ideal for old houses that would require a complicated set of retrofitted ductwork. Unlike a central HVAC unit, ductless systems utilize zoned heating and cooling – each individual section controls the temperature of a different room. While it does mean a more complex set-up, it gives you plenty of versatility to heat or cool each room to your liking. This is particularly useful if you have some areas of the home that are draftier than others.

High-Velocity Systems & Mini Ducts

Mini ducts, as the name suggests, are much smaller than normal ducts. Regular-sized ducts are often hard to install in older homes since they were not built for ductwork and don’t have the space available. Mini ducts give you the option to have ductwork in your home, even if it wasn’t built to hold ducts.

Retrofitted Systems

If you’re highly invested in fully restoring an older or historic home, full HVAC systems can often be fitted without impacting the historical value of the home. Max Heating & Air Conditioning works with renovators and other specialists to create start to finish HVAC solutions for virtually any situation.

Get HVAC Servicing from the Professionals

When you’re trying to install an HVAC system in an old home, it needs to be done right. At Max Heating & Air Conditioning, we want your HVAC system to perfectly heat and cool your home while still maintaining the historical value of the house. Contact us to discuss what our HVAC services can accomplish for your home.