Are you considering central air installation in your home but worried what the construction will do to the character and feel of the house? At Wyckoff Heating & Cooling, we have successfully installed air conditioning in numerous homes over a hundred years old – all while maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the home’s original design. By simply utilizing hidden rooms, attic space or otherwise unused space, we are able to add value and comfort to the home of your dreams.
A common misconception, many believe central air cannot be installed in homes over a certain age. However, Wyckoff ensures that even with home additions, air conditioning can be discreetly added to all parts of your home, no matter the age.
How can this be done? In order to avoid lowering ceilings or removing original plaster or wood floors, Wyckoff considers different installation options, for example, knee wall installation in the attic. First, we simply go through knee wall attic spaces to various adjoining spaces and add supply runs. From there, we can either terminate the run or continue the installation through existing closets to access the main level. Ninety-nine percent of the time, all of the installation can be completed without altering the cosmetic feel of the home.
In fact, there are several retrofit air-conditioning systems that do not require bulky ductwork. In addition to knee wall installation, mini-split systems use individual cooling units placed room by room, which require only a thin refrigerant and power line connecting them to an outdoor air-conditioning compressor and fan. Another alternative, high-velocity systems, use insulated air-supply tubing to deliver chilled air. This tubing can be snaked through existing walls and ceilings in an old home to deliver cool air where it is needed.
Other options to consider:
Though some homeowners opt for window-mounted air conditioning units to help lower temperatures, these aids take away from the homes natural ambiance and exterior charm. We recommend central air installation, with the promise of honoring your homes character and unique aspects.
Retrofit installations require skill and expertise. There are a number of factors involved in selecting an air conditioning system. In order to ensure maximum efficiency and keep your costs in check, you will want to choose the right size and method of installation. Our certified experts at Wyckoff can help you make the right choice for your home.
Be sure to consider your home’s electrical system. Older homes do not always have sufficient power to handle more than the building’s lights and appliances. Central air conditioners require a 230 volt circuit and 20 to 50 amps, potentially making an electrical service upgrade necessary.
Remember, no matter the age or circumstances of your home, Wyckoff Heating and Cooling can discreetly install central air while still maintaining the original character of your home. The comfort and value-add to your home will be an asset for years to come. Let Wyckoff walk you through the process and make the best selection for your home.
For more information on central air installation, contact us today.