Air Conditioning Older Home

Should I Install Central Air Conditioning In My Older Home?


Hamilton is known for its beautiful architecture and gorgeous older homes. Many Hamilton residents flock to these beautiful wartime homes due to their intricate craftsmanship, tall ceilings, and the feeling of history throughout their bones. While it’s understandable why so many people love old homes, sometimes they lack the modern luxuries that we’ve come to expect like central air conditioning. If you own an older home and you’re thinking of installing central air conditioning to ward off the summer heat, here are a few things you should know to help make the decision.

The Benefits Of Central Air
Central air conditioning is the most common form of air conditioning in Canadian homes, and for good reason. Central air works alongside your home’s furnace to cool, then pushes air throughout the vent registers of your home. When installed properly, central air conditioning provides even cooling throughout the entirety of your home through existing ductwork, keeping you cool all summer.

Many older homes don’t have central air conditioning, and if they are heated with baseboard or cast iron rads, they don’t have the necessary ductwork to distribute cool air throughout the home. This often leads to homeowners having to spend more money than they’d like to fit their homes with the necessary equipment.

What You Need In Your Home To Install Central Air
Central air is a great choice for most homes, as it’s popular, efficient, and powerful. However, there are a few things that an older home needs in order to install a central air conditioning unit.

Firstly, in order to install central air conditioning, your home needs to have space for both an evaporator coil (installed above your furnace) and an outdoor unit. This usually requires space above or around your furnace, in your basement, and space outside in your backyard or the side of the home for the exterior system.

Secondarily, in order to install central air conditioning in your older home, you must have room in your electrical panel, typically the average air conditioner runs on a 20 amp-2 pole breaker. If you don’t have a minimum of 100amp panel it may require a panel upgrade or a rework

Thirdly, you need an existing ductwork system. If your home is already fitted with a furnace, then you have the necessary ductwork to install your AC. However, if your home is very old you may not have the ductwork you need or in all sections of the home, like in the attic.

Ductless AC: An Alternative To Central Air Conditioning
Unfortunately, some homeowners don’t have the proper ductwork to install their air conditioners and don’t wish to spend the extra money on installing new ductwork. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be stuck with clunky window air conditioners forever. Instead, many people with older homes choose to install ductless air conditioners.

Ductless air conditioners don’t require preexisting ductwork and they’re small and compact. They consist of one exterior unit and one or several interior units that distribute air. You can place them in rooms that are in need of air conditioning and they can be used to set the individual temperature of each room as opposed to one uniform temperature throughout the whole house. Ductless AC is a great alternative for older homes that don’t have existing ductwork.

If you’re interested in installing central or ductless AC in your older home,
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