Historical Renovations

wall, window and ceiling in a renovated historical building

Supply grille blends into the background so it doesn’t take away from the beauty of the wood

If you live in one of the many vintage homes scattered across Pennsylvania and New Jersey, you probably cherish the historic charm of your property. What you may not be crazy about is the historic HVAC and plumping systems that come with it. By enlisting the help of the experts at Cooper Mechanical, you can easily enjoy modern comforts in your period home. With more than 40 years of HVAC and plumbing experience, you can count on us to provide contemporary upgrades that will make you fall in love with your older home all over again.

Updated HVAC

Many older homes were designed and built before the invention of centralized heating and cooling. As a result, these structures lack the space required for modern air ducts. To meet this unique need, Cooper Mechanical offers a few different solutions that won’t take away from your home’s vintage feel.

High-velocity HVAC

renovated guest room at Joseph Ambler Inn

Courtesy Joseph Ambler Inn

This method uses flexible mini-ducts that are connected to an HVAC unit to heat and cool your home. Thanks to their compact size, these ducts can easily wind over your ceilings and through your walls, resulting in minimal cosmetic alterations. Plus, with grilles as small as traditional CDs, this unobtrusive system will preserve the period feel of your house while providing welcome heat and cooling.

 

 

Ductless mini-split HVAC

Joseph Ambler Inn front view

Courtesy Joseph Ambler Inn

If it’s not possible to add ducts to your home, Cooper Mechanical can install a ductless mini-split HVAC system to help keep it cool or warm. This solution connects one or more sleek-looking air-handling units to an external heat pump, making only a small hole to accommodate their connection. Not only will they preserve your home’s original walls, but these units can also be used independently, maximizing your environmental control and your energy savings.

 

 

 

 

Radiator retrofit

renovated bathroom at Black Bass Inn

Courtesy of Black Bass Hotel

Since radiator heating reached peak popularity in the 1800s, many older homes have them. But don’t worry, plenty of these systems can be put to good use with just a few updates. For example, the Cooper Mechanical team could install a new modulating-condenser boiler to provide you with hot-water heating that’s both energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Plus, if certain elements of your radiator need to be replaced or upgraded, our highly trained team members can add discreet components that expertly blend into the background, maintaining the classic integrity of your home.

State-of-the-Art Plumbing

In most modern builds, supply and drainage pipes are made from PVC plastic, copper, or polyethylene. However, cast iron and brass, which have shorter lifespans than these newer materials, were popular choices in the past. As the owner of a home with older pipes, you’ll likely see the day when they need to be replaced. But when upgrading these old systems, pipe access can be made more difficult by formerly favored stone and plaster architecture.

bathtub in renovated bathroom at Black Bass Inn

Courtesy of Black Bass Hotel

The experts at Cooper Mechanical have the experience and know-how to reach your home’s plumbing system with minimal structural invasion. Plus, when installing your new and improved system, we’ll use innovative problem solving to develop and execute a plumbing design that offers worry-free, modern comfort for your vintage home.

Historic HVAC and Plumbing Experts

No two historic homes are exactly alike. That’s why the hard-working team at Cooper Mechanical evaluates the specific needs of every space to develop the best HVAC and plumbing solutions. If you’d like to learn more about how we can update your cherished older home, contact Cooper Mechanical today.