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Tips for Renovating an Older Home

From the structure of your home to the layout and floor plan, there is a lot to consider when factoring how much you are going to be putting into renovating your older home. Consider the following expenses when deciding how to renovate:
  • Structural Improvements - The home may need significant structural improvements, it is important to get an inspection in order to know the full extent of what these improvements will be.
  • Labor - Doing some labor on your own can be a great way to keep costs down and learn something new. If you aren’t up to doing the work on your own, you may want to hire a contractor, but be prepared for the higher cost.
  • Ductwork - There are a couple heating and cooling options for older homes. Installing a more traditional system with ducts can be a very expensive process and take up valuable space, but with these options you can preserve space while having a comfortable, cool home.
    • The first air conditioning option for older homes is to have a ductless or split cooling system. This system has two units, one inside (usually mounted on a wall) and one outside. Refrigerant lines are fed through the wall between the units. One advantage of ductless systems is that they are more efficient than window units, which means you will be able to save money. Also, with its ductless system, you are not losing valuable storage space in your home.
  • Furnace - A major issue with older homes is that the old gas furnaces are typically less efficient than newer models. There are some things to look out for when it comes to knowing if it’s time for a new furnace. You’ll want to pay attention to your gas bill; if your bill is going up, it may be because the furnace has not been properly maintained. Also consider how old the furnace is; if it’s over 20 years it may be time to start looking for a new one. Most furnaces over 20 years old have a pilot light. If yours has a pilot light, it might be time to consider the old gas furnace’s efficiency and what it’s costing you.
  • Air Conditioning - One thing to keep in mind with installing an air conditioning system in to an older home is the voltage. Older homes often have lower electrical capabilities than newer homes, and even ductless systems require a certain about of power. Talk to an electrician to make sure your home is compatible before you get too far into the HVAC installation process.

Heating and cooling options for older homes from American Standard

Older homes require extra care, especially since the electrical system may be out of date. It’s best to consult a professional when considering your old gas furnace’s efficiency and how it relates to your energy bills. Upgrading the HVAC system while renovating an older home is a great way to save money on energy bills over time. Contact an American Standard Customer Care dealer today to find out how much you can save.