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5 Tips for Upgrading Your Historic Home

Old homes can prove challenging for modernizing and renovating. That’s why the experts at New…

  • September 8, 2019

Old homes can prove challenging for modernizing and renovating. That’s why the experts at New York City’s Petri Plumbing & Heating are offering some valuable tips.

“There is an undeniable charm to living in an older home, but it can also present certain challenges,” said Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating. “We’ve got a lot of older homes in New York, and a lot of them lack a lot of features and amenities that are standard today.”

A few upgrades Petri suggests for those looking to upgrade their older homes include:

  1. Ductless mini-split air conditioners – Many homes don’t have proper duct work, or they may not have modern ducts at all. Adding ducts is expensive, and ductless mini-split air conditioners provide a less expensive alternative that can efficiently keep the home cool and comfortable.
  2. Convert from oil to gas heating – Fewer homes are using oil as a heating source every year. Natural gas is easier to maintain, less expensive and more convenient. It also burns cleaner for more environmentally-conscious heating.
  3. Repiping – One hundred years ago, buildings and homes used different materials for internal piping and plumbing than is used today. If a home has pipes that are original to the building, they could be cause for concern as they tend to degrade and erode over time, losing water and money to leaks.
  4. Low-flow toilets– Not too long ago, homeowners and renters were advised to put a brick in their toilet tank to lower water usage. Modern toilets use much less water per flush than their counterparts from 20-30 years ago. A low-flow toilet is an upgrade to consider to lower water bills.
  5. Tankless water heaters– Space comes at a premium for many homeowners, and a tankless water heater can help achieve two goals at once. They heat water on demand and more efficiently, and they also take up less space than traditional storage water heaters.

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