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September 9 2019

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Finding The Right HVAC System For Your Older Home

Owning an older home is a dream come true for you, but the fairytale ending is not shaping up as expected. The retrofitting project plans for the new heating and cooling system have quickly turned into a beast! Now the features that drew you to this house, such as its beautiful architecture, historical significance and a happily-ever-after sized lot are getting lost in frustrations and complexities. Never fear, Rescue Your Air & Drain is here!

Don’t let the heating and cooling of your older home become a wickedly unbalanced trade-off between the home’s structural integrity and your comfort.  Here are a couple of great heating and cooling options for older homes we’d like to share. 

A Ductless Mini-Split System

 One heating and cooling option to consider is a ductless mini-split system. These systems are designed for homes that don’t have existing ductwork. Ductless systems consist of an outdoor compressor, indoor air-handling unit and a conduit containing the power cord, refrigerant line and condensate line.  

A great advantage to multiple air-handling units is their ability to cool individual area locations. Additional advantages include quieter running noise, compared to conventional central HVAC systems, easier installation and higher efficiency ratings than other AC systems. 

A High-Velocity System

A good option for an older home is a high-velocity system. This system consists of a high-velocity air handler that easily fits into tight spaces. It was designed for homes that lack existing ductwork or the space to accommodate large duct installation.

The air handler unit distributes air through a network of two-inch flexible ducts attached to air vents. The diameter of the ducts makes it easy to install in ceilings and walls throughout the home. Additionally, the size of the accompanying air vents is inconspicuous enough to make both products desirable for older homes. 

There are a couple of significant advantages to installing a high-velocity system in the home. These include having consistent even temperature throughout and using the superior air-flow capability to cool rooms faster.  

While either option is viable, it’s best to start with a recommendation from a professional HVAC vendor. 


Don’t let the challenge of heating and cooling your older home stop you from appreciating the beauty and significant features that inspired you to buy it. We can help you determine which system is best for your home. We can assist by adding new components to an existing system or building a new system from scratch to fit your needs. At Rescue Your Air & Drain, we want to be your HVAC & plumbing heroes!

We love a fairytale ending, don’t you? We’d be happy to help you live happily ever after in your dream home. Please call Rescue Your Air & Drain for a free consultation on your heating and air system. Our phone number is 870-735-1588. Or, schedule an appointment online for a consultation or free estimate on a new system anytime.



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