This lovely home in Centre Hall PA is a tranquil family retreat for the homeowners. The home is a place where the whole family can gather and spend time together, so comfort is really important. Like many homes in our area, this one was built without central air and has casement windows which aren’t suited for window air conditioners. With the increasingly hot and humid summers, the family was looking for a solution that would give them year-round comfort, reduce energy bills while keeping the beauty of their home- inside and out -intact.
Problem: This family retreat in a rural area used oil heating and had no central air. They wanted a solution that would give them year-round comfort, reduce energy bills, and not mar the beauty of their post-and-beam style home.
Solution: A three-zone Carrier ductless heating and air conditioning system, with an option to add a fourth zone, will give this family greatly increased comfort while reducing energy bills, making it a year-round favorite for the whole family.
When the homeowners gave us a call here at PBCI-Allen to look at options to keep their vacation retreat comfortable year-round, we knew we could help, and offer them a solution that could provide increased comfort. Once we looked at the home, we knew immediately that preserving the beauty, inside and out, especially with the post and beam construction would be essential on this job.
For homes without central air conditioning and casement windows like this one, window air conditioners are simply not a good option so Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems are always a good choice. Carrier ductless systems can provide both heating and cooling in any room where it is located, providing you the comfort you want, right where you want it most.
The systems consist of two main parts- an outdoor condenser unit and then indoor units. The outdoor unit uses high-efficiency heat pump technology, able to deliver state of the art cooling even when it’s 100 degrees outside, or supplemental heat even when it’s -15F outside. The indoor units, sometimes called heads or cassettes, are usually mounted up on the wall, out of the way. From that position, the Carrier ductless system uses state of the art sensors to monitor the heat and humidity in a room, and adjusts the comfort level accordingly, from a convenient remote control. The Carrier ductless indoor units are able to move the air efficiently through space, making sure every part of your room is equally comfortable- no more hot and cold spots that you can get with more traditional systems.
In this case, the homeowners wanted to make sure the main gathering spaces for the family were comfortable, so they opted for three zones of comfort for the family room, dining room, and bar area. They also opted to have us install an option to add a fourth unit at some point in the future for the master bedroom in the design.
This is one of the best things about Carrier ductless systems- it’s modular nature.
Each individual Carrier ductless indoor unit creates its own individually controlled zone of comfort wherever its located. That means Mom and Dad can enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar with friends with one level of comfort, while other family members are watching the game in the family room, and need a different level of comfort. Each zone can be adjusted independently, and the quiet operation means you’ll never have to turn the TV up to hear it over the air conditioning – it operates at just 29 DB- as quiet as a whisper.
Carrier Ductless systems can also expand to accommodate additional indoor units over time. That makes it even easier to decide on a system you can afford today, but build in the option to expand to additional indoor zones tomorrow. That way, you can also see the amazing effect Carrier Ductless will have on energy bills year-round, and decide to expand the system to include other areas of the home as budget allows. For this family, they opted to have us set up the system so they could potentially add an additional zone of quiet comfort to the master bedroom. We know once they get to experience all the comfort they get with Carrier Ductless, they’ll be glad they have the option to add on and get that same comfort for the master suite.
Best of all Carrier ductless systems are highly efficient. They can deliver state-of-the-art cooling at about a 30% reduction in energy use compared to traditional window air conditioners. And as supplemental heating, they’ll be able to add that touch of heat the family would love on frosty fall weekends at a touch of a button- using 60% less energy than traditional electric heating methods. That means the family will be able to spend less on oil heat and still get the same comfort level they want- and those lower energy bills will help any budget.
We know our homeowners will be happy with the look- and the comfort level – their Carrier Ductless system provides. If you have a vacation home, mountain retreat, rental property or even a sunroom or basement that could be more comfortable, just give us a call here at PCBI. We’ll help design a system for you that fits within your budget and gives you the comfort you deserve- every day of the year.