When my fiance and I obtained a historical cabin in Orland Park, my good friend and I were glad by the hardwood floors, doors, molding and staircase, then my associate and I looked forward to resting on the wide back porch and enjoying the view of a pond with ducks.
My associate and I didn’t realize some of the particular difficulties of a historical home… Our apartment was built in the 1760’s and retains several of the original features.
My associate and I soon realized that the electric wires and panel weren’t up to code, and there was rarely more than a single outlet per room… The seasoned plumbing caused problems with water pressure, drainage and water quality. One of our greatest challenges was temperature control. The apartment has no conventional air duct. In Orland Park, the weather is severe just about year round. My associate and I deal with hot and cold temperatures in the high eighties and excessive humidity in the summer, and during the winter, sub zero hot and cold temperatures aren’t a surprise. The wind chill makes conditions feel much colder and my good friend and I set records for snow accumulation, and springtime and fall are unpredictable, providing anything from torrential downpours, hail and high winds to intense heat. Trying to get by without centralized heating and cooling was horrible. The former owners had used a collection of window a/cs, box fans and electric baseboard heaters; With one electrical outlet per room, this was especially inconvenient. Plus, our cabin was warm and sticky for half the year and freezing for the other half. I constuled with a local Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C contractor in Orland Park and learned about the opportunity of high-velocity heating and cooling. This type of system utilizes adjustable mini-ducts that were able to be routed through our plaster walls without causing harm.