Would You Put a Mini Split in a 100-Year-Old Home? - Ask the Expert Episode 203

Today's question comes from Phyllis.

"Hey Dan, we bought a 100-year-old brick house with broken steam heat radiators. The boilers don't work either. There is also no ductwork in the house. It is a 1,600 square-foot home with two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, dining room, and a bath. Would mini split units be an effective option to replace heating and cooling in the house?"

The short answer is yes.

A hundred years ago, they didn't really build houses with ductwork in them. That was before the air conditioning revolution. Almost no one had air conditioners in their house.

You can retrofit ductwork if you wanted to, but it never really works that well. So, ductless mini splits are a pretty good option there. You can get multi-zone ductless mini splits. They don't require ductwork. So, you don't have to worry about cramming ductwork into like a really small floor space.

Now, if you live far into the north, you might want to think about options for heating that aren't mini splits. Multi-zone mini splits typically aren't great heaters below freezing. But if you're located in the South, then you're fine. I wouldn't even worry about it.

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