Just got the new heating and air conditioning units installed. The upstairs heating units are suspended from the ceiling to free up floor space in the gallery area.
Almost every HVAC guy who came in to give us an estimate asked if we were going to insulate the ceiling, put a drop ceiling in or insulate the brick walls. Um…no. If we wanted such practical things as efficiency, good insulation and lower bills we would have bought a modern building. It's a trade off: keeping the charm of the old place means higher heating and cooling bills, but hopefully by converting from oil to gas and installing new, more efficient units, it won't be so bad (hey, I'm an optimist).