Skilled, Experienced Installation Ensures Lasting Performance and Better Output
Looking around at the residential communities in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, we see many beautiful, ranch style homes, charming spilt-level residences and even some stately colonial homes. This eclectic mix of structures adds to the charm of our unique Pennsylvania landscape. For over 40 years, Bi-County Air Conditioning has served homeowners across the Bux-Mont area and we take pride in helping customers maintain their traditional homes.
While you may love your older home’s existing structure on the outside, you have likely made several improvements over the years to make the indoor environment more comfortable, convenient and in tune with the times. Part of getting your home updated is also an effort to become more energy-efficient and reduce your home’s carbon footprint. Perhaps you have changed some appliances for new ones, replaced older lighting with LED and CFL light bulbs, invested in low-flow toilets, installed energy-saving doors and windows, and so on. One of the biggest expenses on your home utilities budget, however, is your home comfort system, i.e. your heating and air conditioning units.
The Complexity of Installing a Central Air Conditioner in Your Older Home
Retrofitting older homes with central air conditioning can be a challenge due to the ceiling height and limited space to install traditional ductwork for an HVAC system. Even if your home does have adequate space, you will need to tear out old plaster ceilings and walls in order to install the ductwork. DIY installs may not be up to code and can turn messy. What if you damage your original hardwood floors? What if you end up having to replace your gorgeous wainscoting features? A general handyman may also struggle in the absence of existing ductwork. Not to forget, you may need to update your home’s electrical wiring before installing the new central AC. Older houses typically have 110-volt, 60 amp systems, while a central air conditioner may require as much as 230-volt circuits and 20 to 50 amps of power to run. And we can use as little as 1 sq. ft. of space within a closet, thus minimizing loss of room space for the installation!
The team at Bi-County Inc has years of experience and knowledge of all makes and models of ACs. Retrofitting your older home with a central AC unit is easy for our trained, certified and efficient HVAC technicians. The team assigned to your project will personally visit your home for a survey to identify the best natural pathways for the unit to be installed.
- If you live in a single-family home, usually a single-zone system from the attic is sufficient to cool your entire home.
- If you live in a ranch-style home, the option above will typically work for you too.
- For homes that are split-level or colonial style, you have 2 options:
- A single-zone system in the attic with natural pathways to cool your home
- A two-zone system: one from the attic for the upper level and another from the basement for the main floor.
consume a lot of energy in the summer. However, more energy-efficient models offer a higher EER rating (energy-efficiency ratio). Newer units feature an EER of 10 while older units have 7 and lower. If your air conditioner is 20 years or older, you may want to opt for a timely upgrade.
If you want to retrofit your older home with central air conditioning, call the team at Bi-County today at 215-822-0515 or contact us online. We can help your old home upgrade to a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system for the whole home