Older homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have character, details, and beauty that many newly built homes can’t match. When you live in or buy an older home, however, there are challenges you have to consider that you wouldn’t necessarily have to worry about with newer homes.

Energy Efficiency

Many older homes weren’t designed with energy efficiency in mind. These homes are more likely to have leaky windows, doors, and dated HVAC infrastructure. Consider having a home energy audit performed on your home to see where you are losing valuable energy. Replace the windows and make sure to seal any leaks in the home. You may need to spend some money to upgrade your HVAC system, but it will be well worth the added savings over time.

Indoor Air Quality

With older homes, it’s important to have the indoor air quality tested and to keep a carbon monoxide alarm in your home, especially if you have an older furnace. Another concern for older homes is asbestos. Many homes built before 1980 have asbestos in them, and it’s not a huge issue as long as you don’t mess with it. If you are concerned, hire an expert to come in and remove the asbestos. Never try to remove it on your own.

Outdated Plumbing

When renovating older homes, you may find that the plumbing system is old and worn. These are challenges when planning future renovations if you want to make major overhauls to existing rooms. The home inspection is of particular importance in identifying these problems and any potential plumbing issues that could prevent you from renovating your home.

Older homes do come with particular challenges, but they also bring charm and character that you may not get with a newly built home. If you need to upgrade your HVAC system, Custom Aire can help. Call (215) 638-1800 to speak to an experienced professional about upgrading your system.