The owners of this beautiful, two-story home in Marlborough, MA, loved the charm of this older home but knew it needed some renovations. They decided to live in one part of the house and renovate the first-floor apartment.
By updating the apartment, they hoped to be able to get a long-term tenant and make a little extra money each month. The layout of the apartment provided an open floorplan throughout the kitchen, living room, and dining area, which they knew potential renters would love.
Unfortunately, the home had no central HVAC system and relied on a gas-fired forced hot water baseboard heating system during the winter. Throughout the summertime, the owners had been using window ACs to keep the rooms cool. These inefficient, noisy ACs cost a fortune to run and left hot and cold spots throughout the house.
Since they were already in the midst of remodeling, the owners decided to look into options for a new HVAC system to replace or supplement the existing gas baseboard heating. They saw some of the reviews written by previous customers of N.E.T.R., Inc. and knew that we could design a simple, effective solution for this apartment renovation.
Problem: This multi-family two-story home needed a new HVAC system in the first-floor apartment. Window air conditioning units and an old gas-fired, forced hot water baseboard system was already installed in the home.
Solution: N.E.T.R., Inc. installed a two-unit LG ductless HVAC system with an outdoor condenser unit to supplement the existing baseboard heat and eliminate the need for window ACs.
While the family was still renovating the apartment, Chip Moeckel met with them to discuss a solution for the home. He noted that the open floorplan would allow for better airflow throughout the house, which would help with the initial cost of installation, as well as the monthly bills.
Chip designed an LG ductless heating and air conditioning system with two-zones in the apartment. The first zone would cover the living room, kitchen, and dining room, while the second zone treated the bedroom. Both units would have remotes mounted to the walls for easy access, and each would operate independently, providing maximum comfort.
N.E.T.R., Inc. got to work straight away on this project, ensuring the installation process was completed before the family was ready to list their apartment for rent.
Installing a ductless system is much easier than other HVAC systems because it does not require any major modifications to the walls or rooms. All Chip and his team had to do was to drill a small hole behind the unit and mount each air handler to the wall. Then, the technician pushes a thin tube through the hole, inside the walls, and out to the outdoor condenser and heat pump.
In this case, the outdoor heat pump was installed on a poured cement pad beside the home where it was out of sight. Additionally, white line hide tubing was installed around the refrigerant piping to blend in perfectly with the side of the house.
Both of the indoor units were mounted high on the walls where they would be out of the way and provide optimal airflow throughout the space. Unlike traditional central HVAC systems, the ductless unit operates independently from one another. This design allows the owner or tenant to set the temperature in the living room a few degrees cooler than the bedroom with ease. Additionally, because N.E.T.R., Inc. was able to place the units properly, there will be no more hot and cold spots in the apartment.
Thankfully, these ductless units were simple to install, provide high-quality heating and cooling year-round, and are whisper-quiet, so the tenant won’t even hear them running.
This family was thrilled with the LG ductless system that allowed their tenant premium heating to supplement the forced hot water baseboard heating. This supplemental use of the ductless system will save the tenant and family big on their energy and gas bills throughout the winter.
Additionally, the apartment no longer needs window ACs to stay cool, which means whoever lives there can enjoy the natural light. Eliminating the window units was a big priority for the homeowners because of the potential security risk that they pose, especially when used on the ground floor. Burglars have been known to push window ACs in and gain access to a home through the window it is installed in. Thankfully, this family no longer has to worry about that, since the LG ductless units are located inside the home with only a thin tubing connecting them to the outside.
Another reason this family chose the LG ductless system is its dual-purpose features. As mentioned above, the ductless units will provide high-quality heating in the winter to supplement the existing system. In the summer, the entire system doubles as a highly-efficient air conditioning system, thanks to the LG heat pump design. By choosing LG ductless, this family was able to get both heating and cooling for the new apartment with a single installation.
In the future, this LG ductless installation can be expanded on easily, if the family decides to add heating and cooling to other parts of the home. Additionally, the entire system comes with a 12-year warranty and one full year of free labor for repairs and maintenance! Not only will this family be saving on their monthly bills, but they can rest assured that their investment in a new HVAC system will be well taken care of for years to come.
Is a Ductless System Right for You?
You don’t have to live with outrageous energy bills or uneven heating and cooling. Get relief from the summer heat and winter’s chill with a single system!
N.E.T.R., Inc. has years of experience helping families in and around Boston, MA, find lasting relief all year long with ductless heating and cooling. We offer highly trained and experienced technicians who will ensure you get everything you want out of your new HVAC system.
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