There are some benefits to purchasing an older home.
My husband and I really appreciate the hardwood floors, staircase and moldings.
We love the charm of our front porch and the big windows. However, there are some drawbacks to a home built in the 1800s. When we moved in, the water pipes were galvanized steel, corroded and leaking. The electric panel was not up to code and we had one power outlet in each room. The roof was in terrible condition and all of the windows needed to be replaced. There was no insulation in the attic or in any of the walls. Because of a lack of conventional ductwork, the previous owners had handled heating and cooling with portable options, including window air conditioners and electric baseboard heaters. Our house was freezing cold throughout the winter and horribly hot and sticky all summer. I hated the look of all of these various heating and cooling units. I wanted a centralized, permanently installed and more effective solution. I did some research and was surprised to learn about high velocity heating and cooling. This style of system is designed specifically to retrofit into older homes. It uses ducts that are only two inches in diameter and flexible enough to route through existing walls and accommodate obstacles without damage. The mini-ducts connect to vents that are only six inches wide and allow versatility for location. The system uses a process called aspiration, delivering heated or cooled air at a very high rate of speed. It can raise or lower room temperature quickly for shorter system run times. Plus the smaller ducts avoid the energy losses associated with conventional ducts. The high velocity system provides ideal whole-house, year-round comfort without draining our budget.