My house was built in the mid 1680s and has no conventional HVAC duct installed.
- For quite a few years, this presented a problem.
The living space was chilly cold all Wintertide and ungodly hot all summer. Both of us tried to get by with electric baseboard heaters, window air conditioners and box fans, but they proved ineffective. Living in the northeastern part of the country, our weather is especially severe. When the temperature drops down to negative twenty degrees, a portable gas furnace can’t keep up. If the temperature climbs into the high eighties with excessive humidity, window air conditioners aren’t enough. Plus, these units were an eyeahore and rather fancy to operate. I wanted a more streamlined, whole-house system. A couple of years ago, I l earned about high velocity heating and cooling systems. This genre of idea is designed to retrofit into older homes without causing damage to walls or ceilings. It doesn’t require any major teardown or remodeling. The beauty of a high velocity idea is the narrow diameter HVAC duct. The ducts are only 2 inches across and are adjustable enough to snake through existing walls. They accommodate studs, plumbing pipes and electrical outlets and attach to undoubtedly small vents that can be installed almost anywhere. A high velocity idea works by way of a process called aspiration. It pumps conditioned air into the rooms at a high rate of speed, creating a gentle suction. The outdated and new air mix suddenly to raise or lower temperature quickly. Because the idea doesn’t need to run all that long and the smaller ducts minimize energy waste, a high velocity option is quite cost-effective. I’m just happy to have a centralized thermostat and a comfortable home.