An energy efficient home is not just for new construction. There are many ways to keep the charm and originality of the historic home while also saving fuel, electricity and potentially a lot of money.
“Many historic homes may have oil boilers or steam systems that have become inefficient after years of use,” says Ryan Williams, general manager of 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric. “Older homes that have forced hot water for heat traditionally tend to have a unique layout which makes it tough to install central A/C. Historic homeowners now have the option of installing a more energy efficient ductless cooling and heating system called a mini-split system without troubling ductwork.”
To retrofit ductwork in an existing home requires taking and cutting away space to make way for the ducts. However, unlike ducted systems, the footprint of a ductless system is minimal.
The ductless cooling and heating systems have two main components: an indoor unit that is mounted either on a wall or ceiling and an outdoor unit for the condenser. The ductless system can reduce a homeowners’ average oil tank use from six per year to just one annually.
“We wanted to heat and cool our Charlestown brick rowhouse that was built in 1935,” said Jonathan M. Mazzarella of Charlestown, Massachusetts. “It was impossible for us to install ductwork in our home and maintain the historical charm. We decided on the ductless mini-split system and it was the best decision we ever made. We were able to add energy efficient climate control to our home without disturbing the character.”
For Boston area historic homeowners with questions about the ductless mini-split, the professionals at 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric are ready to assist.
128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in Wakefield, Massachusetts more than 25 years ago. Since their start, 128 PHCE has expanded and grown to become Eastern Massachusetts’ most trusted and consistent plumber, heating and air conditioning service company with over 750 reviews online.