Installing an Air Conditioner to a Home with Radiators

July 21, 2017

Man fixing AC UnitMany Boston homes are older which means gorgeous crown molding, spiral staircases, hanging lanterns, and decorative windows; this also means you’ll be dealing with a radiator. While a radiator is perfect for heating a large home, you’ll need some additional ductwork for an air conditioner.

How Ductwork is Added to Your Boston MA Home

Ductwork is used to carry cool air through the home but it certainly is not a DIY project. Walls need to be opened, holes will be placed in the floors and ceiling, and dust gets everywhere. An installation typically takes 1-7 days and you’ll need to hire an HVAC worker as well as a carpenter to open up the walls and floors.

There are ductless mini-split air conditioners that are actually designed for homes with no ductwork. These ac units cool one specific room in the home and minimal work goes into installation.

Investing in a Window AC Unit

While window AC units are a quick fix, they’re extremely noisy which can be terribly irritating. If you live in a neighborhood that isn’t so safe you may not want to invest in a window ac unit. It’s easy for a burglar to kick in the air conditioner and sneak through the window.

Selecting the Right Air Conditioner for Your Boston MA Home

Ready to invest in an air conditioner? After doing extensive research on which method is right for you, it’s time to shop around for an air conditioner. First and foremost, you must look into each brand’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and then calculate how many years until you would break even.

It’s important to note that if you do live in a beautiful historical home, due to loosened windows, doors and gaps in the molding, there can be infiltration which also locks in moisture. You’ll definitely want to consider a premium air conditioning system that has a high SEER rating.

Winters® Home Services has been providing Eastern MA and the Greater Boston Area with air conditioning replacement, repairs and installation services for years! Give us a call at