HGTV is a monster network with highly-rated shows such as Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, House Hunters, Holmes on Homes, Love It or List It, and Flip or Flop. Before Chip & Joanna, the Scott brothers, and Tarek and Christina, there was Bob Vila, Norm Abram, plumber Richard Trethewey, builder Tom Silva, and landscaper Roger Cook, stars from This Old House.

Debuting on Boston’s WGBH-TV on February 20, 1979, the show was an instant ratings hit. This Old House continues to reach tens of millions of people each month. According to Nielsen, it boasts a ratings number double that of its biggest competitor, Fixer Upper. To date, This Old House has earned 18 Emmy Awards and 83 nominations, made celebrities out of its hosts.

People love an older home’s charm, grace, and craftsmanship. They love seeing it renovated, retrofitted, and reclaimed to its glory. You simply can’t get that in new construction. 

Older homes may have charm but are notoriously challenging to heat and cool with inefficient HVAC systems. If your home is over 50 years old and if you start to sweat in the summer or get chills in the winter, it may be caused from your energy bill! You’re more than likely wasting 25 percent or more in energy costs than a comparably sized new home.

If you’re cooling your old home with inefficient window-unit air conditioners, you’re using too much electric and will have higher uitlity bills. Not only do they cost more to operate, they also generate inconsistant temperatures in rooms. One room may be too cold and the other is too hot. Window AC units are noisy. Try watching TV when the compressor turns on. Your older home’s current heating and cooling system wastes energy, costs more money, and deprive you of the comfort you deserve. It’s time for an HVAC upgrade. Here are your options.

Coming home to a warm house in the summer or a cold house in the winter isn’t very peaceful — especially when you’re paying for it to be comfortable!

Which type of air conditioning and heating system will work best for this (old) house?

A customer recently emailed us and asked us about cooling and heating her older home. Many older houses were built long before air conditioning was the norm and lack the infrastructure (ductwork) needed to accommodate modern forced air cooling systems. Traditional central air conditioning systems is not always the best options for older homes. You may consider installing a traditional central air conditioning system but if you do that you may lose valuable living space. For your family’s comfort while still keeping the house’s charm and usable square footage, a mini-split HVAC system (ductless air conditioning) is a wonderful option for historical homes.

Why Choose a Ductless Mini-Split HVAC for DE, PA, & MD Homes…

Because You Can Both Heat & Cool Your Home with ONE system.

As the name suggests, a ductless mini-split HVAC does not require ductwork installation, making them  a great option for older homes. A ductless system heat pump provides year-round comfort, are up to 40% more efficient than traditional AC systems, are extremely quiet, and offers complete control to your home’s cooling and heating needs. It’s never been easier to keep everyone in your house comfortable, without spending a fortune on your energy bills.

Cooling Mode: When you want to get cool on hot days, the ductless heat pump operates much like a central air-conditioner, absorbing heat from inside your home and expelling it outdoors.

Heating Mode: When you want to get warm on cold days, the ductless heat pump process reverses and the pump absorbs heat from the outside air and delivers it indoors to heat your home. A mini-split can be coupled with a gas furnace, something known as a dual-fuel system.

In addition to older homes, ductless systems are great for:

  • Additions
  • Garages
  • Apartments
  • Bonus Rooms
  • Sunrooms
  • Man Caves

Hillside is a Diamond Contractor in DE, PA, and MD. We can help plan the perfect zoned system for any space to bring you personalized comfort. For more information call us at 302-738-4144 to talk to our expert today.

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Call Hillside at 302-738-4144 (DE&PA) or 410-398-2146 (MD). We’ll come to your home and give you an HONEST & FREE ESTIMATE for any Ductless Heat Pump Repair, Ductless Heat Pump Service, or new Ductless Heat Pump Installation.

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