We love working with people who have older homes and would like to replace existing equipment or add additional systems.
Because we started as an oil service company, most of our customers had older homes with hot water boilers with baseboard or radiator heating systems that were equally outdated -- some as old as 50 to 60 years old. Many of these boilers were as a big as a small car and are extremely inefficient, and we have replaced many of them with new high efficiency units a third the size. In a lot of these cases, we installed an indirect domestic hot water tank and have seen reductions in oil usage as high as 40 percent.
Many of these same homeowners also wanted to add central air conditioning systems to their homes, but without any existing ductwork, this presents a challenge.
Conventional central air systems uses large ductwork that can be difficult to run in older homes without taking up precious closet space, and most times may require additional modifications to the home. For these reasons, we looked at alternatives to these systems and started to engineer and install Unico High Velocity air conditioning systems
These systems use small two inch ducts that work at higher flow rates than regular systems. This makes them ideal to install central air conditioning in older homes without changing the integrity of the home, which is very important to most homeowners. These systems can also be installed with a heat pump to act as a hybrid heating system to be used in conjunction with existing oil and gas fired systems. The newer heat pumps are very efficient and can be used effectively down to temperatures of 30 degrees.
Another option for older homes is the use of ductless mini-split systems, like the ones from Mitsubishi. These systems are comprised of an outdoor unit and indoor unit(s) with no ductwork. These systems can be used for both heating and cooling and are highly efficient . You also can zone your home quite easily and not have to heat or cool areas of your home that you are not using, which decreases energy usage and associated costs.
Whether it is a farmhouse in Bucks County, a Victorian in Montgomery County, Rowhome in Philadelphia, or a 100-year-old home in Chestnut Hill or Mt. Airy, we have successfully solved the HVAC needs of hundreds of these type homes, and you could be our next satisfied homeowner.
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