4 Ways to Heat an Older Home

Many older homes throughout the Chicago area aren’t equipped with the newer doors, windows, and insulation that keep a home warm in the winter. Upgrading your heat system can be expensive. However, there are numerous ways to effectively heat your home, enhance your heating system, and improve energy efficiency without breaking the bank.

Seal Your Home

Most older homes have fireplaces that might not be in use. Even if they are in use, many of them are not in the best condition, and let in a lot of cold air. Opt for effective ways to seal fireplaces and chimneys that are not being used. Chimney caps and chimney balloons can provide effective barriers. Similarly, ensure any cracks in windows or doors are sealed using material such as weatherstripping or caulk.


Adding insulation is another way you can seal your home. Older homes might lack insulation or sufficient insulation, making them frigid even with the heat is on constantly. If this is the case with your house, insulation will make a lot of difference in preventing loss of much-needed heat. In addition, using insulation properly will help to reduce your heating bills. Your attic and basement are generally the most vulnerable spots, but your contractor can help you to determine what areas could benefit from adding insulation.

Radiant Floor Heating

Another option for old homes is radiant floor heating, which uses electric or water-filled coils under the floor. These coils provide constant heat throughout the day, as opposed to traditional systems that turn off and on based on the indoor temperature. Not only that, but radiant floor heating results in lower heating bills and provides a better distribution of warmth that no other system can.

Ductless or Min-Split Systems

Ductless systems are perfect for an older home because they require little room to install. The piping for mini-ducts is only about two inches wide, which means it can easily be retrofitted into tight areas. It is a great alternative for homes with no room for traditional ductwork.

Keeping an older home warm in the winter is crucial for comfortable living and lower energy costs. Call Hollub Heating, Inc. today at (312) 829-8000 for more solutions that will keep best option your home comfortable this winter season.

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