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High-Velocity vs. Conventional AC Systems for Older Homes


Air Conditioning, Older Homes

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When it comes to older homes, comfort, and modern amenities often come with a set of challenges. One of the most pressing concerns for homeowners in such properties is how to efficiently cool their living spaces without compromising the architectural integrity of the building. This is where high-velocity AC systems, such as the renowned SpacePak and Unico units, step in as a game-changer.

In this blog post, our experts at American Vintage Home will explore the advantages of high-velocity AC systems and why they could be a better option for older homes compared to traditional central air conditioners.

The Challenge: Cooling Older Homes

Older homes boast unique charm and character, but they frequently lack the infrastructure to accommodate modern HVAC systems seamlessly. Traditional central air conditioners often require extensive ductwork, which can be a major challenge in retrofitting these historical properties.

The installation of bulky ducts can damage the structure and mar the aesthetics of the property, leading to a dilemma for homeowners who desire comfort without compromising the home’s original features.

The Solution: High-Velocity AC Systems

High-velocity AC systems like SpacePak and Unico offer an innovative solution to the cooling conundrum faced by older homes. These systems operate on a different principle than traditional HVAC setups. Instead of large, rigid ducts, high-velocity systems utilize flexible, narrow tubes that can be snaked through existing spaces — including walls, ceilings, and floors — with minimal disruption.

Benefits of High-Velocity AC Systems for Older Homes

There are several benefits to using high-velocity AC systems for older homes, with some of the main ones being:

  • Property preservation: High-velocity systems allow homeowners to enjoy the comfort of modern cooling technology without compromising the charm and visual appeal of their older homes. The unobtrusive, small-diameter ducts are easily hidden, preserving the historical integrity of the property.
  • Installation flexibility: These systems offer a remarkable degree of flexibility during installation. The compact ducts can be threaded through the smallest of openings, making them suitable for homes where conventional ductwork would be impractical.
  • Zoned cooling: High-velocity AC systems can be easily divided into zones, allowing homeowners to control the temperature in different areas independently. This capability is particularly advantageous for older homes with varying temperature needs across different sections of the property.
  • Energy efficiency: The smaller ducts used in high-velocity systems are less prone to leaks and energy loss, contributing to improved energy efficiency for your home. This not only saves on utility bills but also aligns with modern sustainable practices.
  • Quiet operation: High-velocity systems are designed for quiet operation. This is especially beneficial for older homes, where loud HVAC systems could disrupt the peace and quiet that these properties often offer.

SpacePak: The Leading High-Velocity System

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SpacePak stands out as a leading choice in the high-velocity AC system market, having been refined to provide optimal comfort and efficiency for older homes. SpacePak specifically designs its systems to seamlessly integrate into your older home, allowing you to maintain consistent temperatures, reduce humidity, and ensure even airflow throughout your property. Additionally, SpacePak is as comfortable as conventional air conditioning, if not more so, and capable of removing up to 30% more moisture than traditional forced air systems.

Trust American Vintage Home With Your High-Velocity AC System Needs!

As the nation’s largest SpacePak installer, American Vintage Home is proud to be the go-to source for high-velocity AC services throughout the Chicago area. If you’re looking to reap the benefits of a high-velocity air conditioning unit for our vintage home, our team is happy to help. We’re known as the “Older Home Experts” for a reason, so you can trust our technicians to bring modern comfort to your home while still preserving its vintage charms.

 Call us at (847) 999-4595 to request an estimate for a SpacePak or Unico installation in the Chicago North Shore area today!

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