The Best Way to Cool Older Homes

If your home was built a long time ago, it probably was not constructed with air conditioning in mind. As a result, it probably gets quite warm when the temperatures begin to rise. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to beat the heat in old homes.

Window AC Units

If your home cannot accommodate a central AC system, window-mounted units can be an excellent alternative. These simple systems are fairly inexpensive and can be self-installed in a matter of minutes. The Alps Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. team can help if you run into any trouble. Once you get the unit set up, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the cool air.

Whole-House Fans

The technology behind whole-house fans has been around for decades, but it remains a clever and efficient way of cooling an old house. Basically, a fan mounted in a central location draws in cool morning and evening air while pushing out any warm air that may have settled inside your home. Whole-house fans use about 85% less energy than comparable air conditioning systems, so you will save a bundle on your electric bill too.


Sometimes, the simplest solutions are also the most effective. By shutting your blinds when the sun is shining, you will be able to keep a significant amount of the heat out of your home. The best part about this easy solution is that is won’t add a dime to your energy bills at the end of the month.

Ceiling Fans

If you are trying to keep one particular room in your old house cool, installing a ceiling fan can be a superb way to accomplish your goal. However, when you turn it on, you should make sure that it is rotating counterclockwise to enjoy a nice, cooling breeze.

Keeping Anaheim Cool and Comfortable

The Alps Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. team aims to keep the entire Anaheim community comfortable in their homes — no matter how old they may be. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you with everything from AC repair to furnace maintenance and duct design.