Among the most remarkable features of Greensboro, North Carolina, are the many historic homes in the area. Installing an HVAC system in a house that was built long before the technology came along can be difficult, but it’s possible. Here’s what you should consider when installing an HVAC system in a historic home:

Local Laws

First, homeowners must be careful to abide by any local laws governing the restoration and preservation of historic homes. These regulations may limit the kind of changes you can make if you wish to protect a house’s designation as a historic home. That’s why it’s important to work with a contractor who’s familiar with the challenges of installing an HVAC system in a historic home, such as the experts at Charlie’s Heating & Cooling.

Size and Placement

Next, you must take everything from the size and placement of outdoor units to vents into account. You’ll want to place all HVAC components as unobtrusively as possible so they don’t distract from your home’s character. Your system also needs to be the right size for your home. A system that’s improperly sized will cause unnecessary noise, frequent breakdowns and inconsistent temperatures.


Most modern houses were built with the bulky ductwork of a central HVAC system in mind. But older homes were not.

Installing central AC system in a historic home may require special ductwork designed to fit the house’s unique structure and space constraints. At Charlie’s Heating & Cooling, we offer our own sheet metal fabrication services so we can build your custom ductwork in-house.

For some older homes, a ductless mini-split system can be the perfect alternative to a central HVAC unit. As the name suggests, this type of system doesn’t requires ductwork. As a result, it’s easier to integrate it into older homes.

You don’t have to sacrifice modern comfort and convenience to experience the charm of a historic home. Instead, turn to Charlie’s Heating & Cooling for an HVAC upgrade. Call us today at (336) 629-5453 to learn more about our sheet metal services, ductless mini-split systems and other options for your historic home.

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