There’s a certain charm that only homes that have been around for a while seem to have. Older houses always tend to feel a bit more homey, cozy, and welcoming — likely because they’ve been welcoming people for decades, if not centuries. From the creaking wood floors to the crown molding around an antique-looking fireplace, older homes definitely have a certain flair that makes them so popular.
However, just because the architecture and building materials have been preserved, that doesn’t mean that everything about older buildings should be kept as in. In fact, there are several aspects that you should consider replacing and upgrading in order to ensure your home is safe, efficient, and comfortable.
Windows can account for a large amount of energy loss in your home, especially when they are older, thinner, and uninsulated. Further, if it’s been a while since the edges around your windows have been recaulked, you could be allowing treated air to escape through small cracks and gaps.
Replace old windows with newer ones that offer more insulation to reduce energy loss. Once they are replaced, remember to recaulk your windows once a year to ensure air won't escape from your home.
This is a bit of a larger project, but it’s also a very important one. When homes were built decades ago, there wasn't really as much of a demand for electricity as there is today. With large appliances, entertainment systems, smart devices, and more, they all require power to function. If your home’s electrical work is from the 1970s or earlier, it likely isn’t able to handle your needs, which could result in frequent cuts to your power or even fires.
Replace your current electrical to ensure your home is able to meet your needs without posing a threat to your home or family’s safety.
Your HVAC System
Way back in the day, most homes didn’t even have full HVAC systems. Instead, they relied on breezes from open windows, ceiling and standing fans, and window units to keep cool. Pellet stoves and radiators were often a source of heat. While those methods sufficed at the time, they don’t cut it these days.
Even if your home uses window units and radiators to keep everyone comfortable, these are not nearly as efficient as more modern units. You’ll want to speak to a heating and cooling professional about your options for an HVAC replacement.
If your home already has ductwork, you will likely be able to upgrade your HVAC unit to a more efficient model. However, depending on how old your home is, you may not have ductwork to begin with. If that’s the case, you likely will have to turn to other forms of heating and cooling.
One option that is great for older homes are ductless units! These units function without the need for ductwork and only require a small hole in the wall for outdoor access, and can be placed essentially anywhere to allow for custom cooling in each room.
Your Water Heater
While your older home likely isn’t without a water heater, it may be a unit that is well past its prime. Water heaters typically last for around fifteen years or so. If yours is any older than that or you're using an older form of water heating, it's a wise idea to upgrade and replace your current unit.
A great option when it comes to heating the water you use in your home is a tankless water heater. Unlike tank-based units, tankless systems heat water on demand when you need it so there's no waiting around for the shower to warm up, no risk of a tank leak and no wasted water.
Come Home To Comfort In Fairfax County
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your HVAC system, replace your water heater, or improve your indoor air quality, the team at Air Treatment Company is here for you! Since 1958, we’ve been proud to serve Fairfax County and the surrounding areas and always provide our customers with fast, affordable service.
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