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Solving Common HVAC Problems in Older Homes

Older homes are chock-full of fantastic architectural details and history. Because of their outdated structure and design, however, they can be a challenge to heat and cool efficiently. To keep an older home thermally comfortable in any season, you’ll need to deal with any HVAC issues first. Applied Air Mechanical, the area’s trusted HVAC repair company, discusses some of these problems, along with possible solutions, here.



Leaky Ductwork

The duct system allows for a comfortable indoor environment by distributing conditioned air evenly throughout your home. Leaks may develop if the seals around its joints and elbows start to fail. Because cooled or heated air exits through gaps in the ductwork, it can blow behind your walls and ceilings instead, causing significant energy loss.


  • What to Do. If you suspect a leak in your ductwork, have it checked promptly by a reliable HVAC repair company like Applied Air Mechanical. We’ll have our trained, experienced technicians conduct a thorough inspection of the duct system’s overall condition and seal any leaks they discover to head off further problems.


Insufficient Airflow

If the temperature inside your older home is inconsistent. its existing ductwork may already be outdated, or perhaps there’s dust, dirt and debris building up inside the system, which may hinder proper air distribution. A thick layer of grime around the opening of your ducts is usually an indication of a possible blockage.


  • What to Do. Turn to Applied Air Mechanical, the area’s premier HVAC contractor, so we can upgrade your older home’s ductwork. What’s more, we’ll take a look at your ducts and clear them of dust and debris. This not only allows for proper airflow, but helps improve your home’s indoor air quality, as well.


Lack of Zoning

Older homes generally use a single, often outdated thermostat to control the temperature of all their rooms and levels. This ensures a consistent temperature in every room, but also leads to the consumption of more energy than necessary due to cooling or heating unused rooms.


  • What to Do. Invest in an updated HVAC design that allows you to designate zones with separate controls to conserve energy. You can, for example, keep your bedroom cool and comfortable as you sleep, but because zoned systems allow for better thermal control, you won’t have to do the same to an empty living room or kitchen because that will just be a waste of energy.


Keep your older home comfortable and energy efficient by turning to Applied Air Mechanical for all your HVAC needs. We proudly serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. Call us today at (817) 841-1720 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.


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