My husband and I both grew up in homes without air conditioning. When we look back on our childhood, we remember window fans and cold showers and hearty New England living cooling our homes. Sure, there were a few uncomfortable weeks, but nothing we couldn’t handle. My husband’s family lived a mile from the breezy ocean and my family lived in the deep woods under the cover of giant pines, all which protected us from the worst of the heat.

Today we live in a 100 year old home just south of Boston. We don’t have central air, and instead have two giant window unit air conditioners that we dread installing every year to cool our homes. We wait as long as possible to lug them up from our basement, and even when we do, we spend the entire summer in what we (not so) affectionately call our “submarine” – a dark house shrouded from any ray of sunlight. As a full-time work-from-home parent, my summer days are sweaty and uncomfortable. I rotate from chair to chair trying to find reprieve.

Forget “Hot Mom Summer” — I’m sweaty!

Hot Mom Summer pollA few weeks ago I polled our readers to see what other families are using to cool their homes. What I thought would be a poll that would prove to my husband that we are the ONLY ONES without central air proved to be the opposite: moms just like me are living in older homes and sweaty and uncomfy and ready to find a solution. Over 1,000 of you voted on my poll and I found that MANY of us are in need of a home cooling update!

I asked our partners at Rodenhiser Home Services what they’d recommend for those of us with older homes which are not equipped with ducts for central air. The answer was pretty simple, they said. Ductless Air Conditioning/Heating!

Ductless Air Conditioning

Mini-split systems can be a great option for homeowners like us who want to cool specific rooms with better efficiency and less clutter than window A/C’s and are far less complicated than traditional central air systems. Rodenhiser says that mini-split air conditioning systems operate on less power, as they are smaller than traditional forced-air systems, and because the temperature-controlled air is delivered directly into a room, there is no loss in efficiency.

While cooling is my personal goal, Rodenhiser says that ductless air conditioning reduces humidity while offering multi-stage filtration that can drastically remove dust, bacteria, pollen, allergens and other particulates in the air. And bonus for our tech-savvy families: many ductless systems can be controlled from a smart phone via WiFi, as well as traditional remote control!

In addition to cooling your house in the summer months, ductless systems can heat your house in fall, winter and spring days.

If you are interested in exploring ductless air conditioning, you can depend on professional installation from the local air conditioning specialists at Rodenhiser and a great warranty on your new system, including a limited seven year warranty on the new compressor.

Rodenhiser has been trusted in local homes since 1928. Enjoy a FREE estimate on how you can save on ductless air conditioning in your home by visiting their website here. For all your ductless air conditioning needs, call Rodenhiser today.

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Meghan Block
Meghan was born and raised on the South Shore and attended college in Boston. After college, she married her high school sweetheart and followed him to Charleston, SC, and Groton, CT, where he served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy. Military life was an adventure, and after six crazy years of service (and two babies later!), the pair decided to move *home* to the South Shore in 2016 and put down some roots. Meghan is the proud owner of Boston Moms and work-at-home mom to William, Benjamin, and Caroline, born in 2013, 2015 and 2019. She loves meeting new people, encouraging moms, celebrating motherhood, and supporting small businesses.