Old homes have a certain charm that newly-constructed homes just don’t have. But beneath the charm and history of an old home is a slew of potential issues, particularly if the heating and cooling systems haven’t been updated. If you’re considering investing in an old Florida home, here are four HVAC-related things to consider first.
1. Older homes can have an outdated HVAC system.
The constant humidity in South Florida often causes the internal parts in HVAC systems to corrode. This deterioration can lead to noisy air conditioning systems that become an annoyance. Regular maintenance can help to find these deteriorating parts before they cause a breakdown and can help to reduce the noise from your HVAC system.
2. Older HVAC systems offer poor performance.
HVAC systems in old Florida homes may become sluggish, putting out less cool air when it’s most needed. These systems may require a tuneup and cleaning to allow them to run more efficiently. This maintenance can help to save on energy costs, as well as provide better indoor temperature control.
3. Mold and mildew can be a problem for older homes.
Mold and mildew can be a constant problem in Florida, especially during the summer months when heat and humidity are constant. Older homes can be especially susceptible to mold and mildew growth, particularly in the bathrooms or kitchen areas. Installing a dehumidifier can help remove excess moisture from indoor air.
4. Older homes can worsen allergies.
Poorly maintained HVAC systems can also increase allergy problems. Dust, pollen, molds and other contaminants can settle in ductwork and increase the risk for headaches, nasal irritation and itchy eyes. Improving ventilation throughout the house can help these problems. Installing UV filters and dehumidifiers can improve indoor air to keep allergy sufferers more comfortable.
Call Engineered Air for South Florida HVAC Services
Old Florida homes can be among the most architecturally interesting structures in the country. Ensuring that the HVAC system in these homes is well-maintained and efficient can keep these great residences comfortable and more cost-efficient. Call Engineered Air for a thorough inspection and advice on the best ways to maintain your system.