Ideas for Heating Old HomesYour house has been in your family for generations. You love it and the history it carries. The only problem is keeping it warm. It’s pretty drafty, and may not even have ductwork to accommodate a modern HVAC system. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help get you through the cold, Indianapolis winter.

Here are some tips for heating old homes more efficiently:

Heat pump

A heat pump is a great way to keep your home comfortable year round, for a fraction of the energy costs of a traditional furnace. It takes the heat energy from the air outside and uses it to heat the air that is then circulated throughout your home. Moving heat, rather than generating it, can make your house comfortable without using as much energy.


Generating heat through hot water or steam, a radiator is a great option for heating old homes. They’ve been used since the Victorian era, but modern ones are more efficient and effective, as well as being easy to install. A good radiator can heat your home surprisingly well, for not a lot of energy.

Radiant Floor Heating

Installing hot water pipes, or a similar heating element, under your floorboards, is a great way to keep your house warm and comfortable. The heat rises, warming your entire home gradually from the ground up. Note that it can take a couple of days for the heat to spread through your entire home, so it might not be ideal for a vacation home or other residence you plan on spending a lot of time away from.

Fireplace Upgrade

Modern fireplaces are often gas or electric-powered, making them easy to turn on and off. But if your home is older, keeping a fire going may be a bit more involved. Fortunately, there are simple upgrades you can make. An electric heat insert gives you warmth at the touch of a button, without needing to vent smoke.

For more tips on heating old homes, contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing today. We’re Indianapolis’ trusted source for quality HVAC solutions.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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