Learn the Best Ways to Heat and Cool Historical Architecture

Whether you are buying an historic home or you are refurbishing your current historical architecture, there are many elements for you and your HVAC company to consider. With proper planning, however, it doesn’t have to be a major dilemma.

Historical Architecture Takes Careful Planning

You certainly want to fully preserve as much of the historical architecture as you can while making your home comfortable in terms of temperature and indoor air quality (IAQ). What follows are points to keep in the forefront of your mind throughout the process.

  • Eliminate the accidental introduction of moisture and plan for humidity control.
  • Consider the impact of modern HVAC equipment, such as grilles, air registers, drop ceilings, ductwork, and access panels.
  • Prevent damage or removal of historical architectural features.
  • Make accommodations for insulation and air sealing.
  • Consider the weight and size of modern HVAC equipment.

HVAC in Historic Buildings

Historical architecture presents different issues and challenges. Some homes may need an all-new HVAC system installed. Some homes may have historic HVAC systems already installed that may be utilized if they can be restored and brought up to modern-day code.

Bear in mind that you may need to work with a host of experts and professionals. Mechanical and electrical engineers are needed to address code issues. You may also need to hire a preservation architect and consultants with knowledge of your home’s historical architecture.

HVAC System Options

If your historic home has a hydronic radiator system already installed, you may be able to utilize it and greatly reduce the introduction of new HVAC equipment. If this isn’t possible, your choices are a new central air system and furnace, a ductless system, or possibly a combination of both.

Whether you’re able to institute a small duct system and/or a ductless system, your new HVAC system needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Includes access for maintenance and service.
  • Includes humidity control.
  • Emits a low level of noise.
  • The system is aesthetically pleasing while keeping the current historical architecture.
  • The system is installed with structural limitations in mind.

For more information about HVAC systems and historical architecture, please contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

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