Can I Add Central Air Conditioning in a Minnesota Home With Oil Heat?

There are many myths out there about oil heat, and customers considering a new heating unit often bring them up.

Many people who consider switching to oil heat ask the question, “Can I have central air conditioning in a Minnesota home with oil heat?”

There is a common misconception that the two somehow cancel each other out. However, the issue is not switching to oil when you have central air conditioning, but adding AC when you have ductless heating.

Regardless, even if the home does not have a forced air system, like those with hot water radiator heat, there are ways to add central air conditioning.

Granted, the easiest and least expensive way is a forced air oil furnace installed with a central air conditioning unit. This way, both units can use the same ductwork.

Moreover, choosing oil heat does have some advantages over other options. In fact, in many respects, oil heat tends to be less expensive than alternatives. Regardless, if you live in a home with existing ductwork, an experienced technician can make the two work well together.

If for some reason your home does not have existing ductwork, some investment will need to be made. In homes without existing ducts, you can retrofit the home by installing AC ducts.

You can also install a ductless split system in which the condensing unit is installed outside and multiple evaporator fan units are installed at various locations. A final option is a high-velocity central air system, which uses small, flexible, insulated ducts that are easily run anywhere you want them.


What haven’t we covered yet that is important to you? If you would like to talk about adding central air conditioning in a Minnesota home with oil heat, or need more information, please contact us.

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