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Is High Velocity Air Conditioning for You?

historic-homesWere you recently told that your home is too old to accommodate an air conditioner? What does that even mean, anyway? Older homes weren’t designed with as much space between the walls and floors, making it difficult to install central AC systems—unless you want to pay excessive remodeling costs. Luckily, the little-known high velocity AC system might be the perfect solution for you:

You Own an Older Home

You shouldn’t have to tear up your classically styled, traditional home just to install some air conditioning. In some cases, it’s not even a matter of choice—the cost required to accommodate your home for a central air conditioner might be totally unfeasible.

High velocity air conditioners are made almost specifically for this purpose. The system has several components similar to a central AC heat pump—it has ducts, vents, and heating/cooling functions. However, the ducts are much smaller and more flexible, meaning that it can fit in homes that won’t play nicely with the traditional, bulkier central AC systems.

This problem could also be solved by a ductless mini-split system. However, these systems are more expensive upfront, and it might not actually be wise to install one based on the size and configuration of your home. You’ll want to check with a professional air conditioning company in Grand Rapids, MI to be sure.

You Want to Be More Efficient

High velocity AC systems tend to be more efficient for a few reasons.

Heat Pump Technology: Heat pumps are more efficient because they don’t generate heat, they just move it from one place to another. They also use electricity instead of gas or fossil fuels.

More Even Cooling and Heating: High velocity air conditioners push out air at a much faster rate, which creates air currents in your home. These currents help distribute air more evenly than a traditional central AC.

Less Air Loss: Traditional duct systems can be become worn out and form leaks, thus wasting some of your energy. Due to the simpler construction of the ducts involved with high velocity systems, these leaks are less common and easier to repair when they do appear.

Aesthetics and Comfort


High velocity air conditioners also have the added benefit of blending in more with your home’s design. Their air registers are small holes with many different aesthetic options, so they can blend into almost any home’s design. They can also be installed in the ceiling near the corners of the room, pushing them out of the way as far as possible from being noticed.

As an added bonus, high velocity air conditioners blow air much more quietly than their traditional counterparts.


We hear it all the time, but we’ll say it again. “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” For those moist summer months, the airflow from a high velocity AC is actually very effective at removing moisture from the air. Not only will this keep you feeling several degrees cooler, it can help mitigate any problems related to mold and mildew growth.

Is high velocity air conditioning right for you? We can do a home assessment to help you find out. Contact Westshore Mechanical today to request an estimate.

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