It may be something to be proud of when your family has lived in the same house for generations. However, changes in weather conditions may sap their ability to provide warmth and comfort. In an article for Old House Journal, writer Dan Holohan says:
“Your house is old and gorgeous, as are those wonderfully ornate cast-iron radiators, but these days, energy prices are anything but old-fashioned. Fortunately, there are new ways to conserve fuel without ruining the classic look of old radiators. Some of these products may involve significant changes to a heating system, but all of them work behind the scenes so that your home keeps its historic appearance. Only your fuel bills will notice the changes.”
Long-established homeowners in Rancho Cucamonga, or the Inland Empire in general, may feel the chill where it wasn’t evident before, especially among those living in well-maintained houses. Some long-standing houses date back to old times, such as the John Rains House and China House. If your house stood before or shortly after the city’s incorporation and the window is finally open for a heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) system upgrade, experts at HVAC in Rancho Cucamonga like the crew at Day Aire are ready to work with you.
Old houses often have gravity-based hot water systems circulating the heating load all over the dwelling and linking the radiators to it through large pipes. However, the pipes’ size also results in the system being forced to use so much energy to heat the water, even with the thermostat regulating the heating load at the source to no more than 180 degrees Fahrenheit. The radiators themselves may even be smaller than standard, especially if the house occupants were more comfortable with opening the window.
Have a Rancho Cucamonga air conditioning repair contractor conduct an ocular inspection of the system and its ductwork, but prepare for their recommendations (which can be explained in a detailed quote). One course of action will be to replace the original boiler point-blank with advanced units such as modulating-condensing boilers and dry furnace units. Both systems require lesser tubing and are of smaller size.
Your old house deserves to be a welcoming, comfortable place for your family’s succeeding generations. HVAC contractors such as Day Aire understand your needs to the letter and will act on them as soon as possible.
(Source: Cool Ways to Heat Old Houses, Old House Journal)