The Best Way to Cool Older Homes

Many people in the Seattle area have beautiful older homes, but dealing with the heat of summer can be a problem. At Black Lion Heating & Air Conditioning, we understand their difficulties. Depending on their age, some buildings were not fitted with ductwork when they were built. This makes it less convenient to install the same type of central air conditioning system most homes now have. Fortunately, there are steps these homeowners can take to reduce the temperature inside when it starts to get hot outdoors. There are alternative types of cooling equipment for older homes as well.

Keep the Sun Out of Your Home

Direct sunlight through your windows can greatly increase the temperature of your home. Taking steps to block it is critical. Awnings can be a great way to block the direct sun while still letting in enough light to see. Planting trees outside of large windows can provide pleasant shade throughout the summer months. Shutters and blinds on your windows are also highly effective at blocking the sun’s rays. You can adjust them to let in the right amount of light for your room.

Keep Air Circulating

Installing a variety of fans throughout a house can keep warm and cool air mixing and prevent hot spots. Attic and ceiling fans are great options for house-wide circulation. Individual fans in the rooms where you spend the most time can add extra cooling as needed.

Don’t Add Unnecessary Heat

Cooking hot meals inside can add a lot of heat to your kitchen and the surrounding rooms. Summers are a good time to eat meals that require minimal cooking. Try to avoid baking whenever possible so that heat doesn’t escape from your oven. Barbecues are a great option for cooking hot meals without using your indoor kitchen.

Alternative Cooling Systems

Sometimes, ductwork can be added to an older home that lacks it. When this is not possible, there are still ways to install AC equipment. A ductless mini-split system can be added with only small holes drilled. You might wish to consider this type of system.

Cooling Specialists You Can Rely On

Black Lion Heating & Air Conditioning in Kirkland has been serving the heating, cooling, water heater, and electrical needs of Seattle area residents for more than 20 years. Our technicians are fully NATE-certified and ready to help with any installation, repair, or maintenance job. For your peace of mind, we’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and we’ll help you to keep your home comfortable. If you’d like to discuss cooling solutions for your older house, give us a call today.