Coming from a place as mild as Southern California, it's hard for me to imagine a true need for central air and heat since the weather here is rarely extreme. My husband is from Oklahoma, and I know it can get very cold and very hot depending on the season. But is it really necessary to have central air and heat? I'd love your opinions on this. There are certainly other places we can live, but I am totally in love with this one because it has so much charm (built in 1938).
The home has the in -floor heating system to heat up the downstairs and then the owner (who has been living there or 8 years), said that they use space heaters. In the summer they have air conditioner window units that they put in, and would provide for us. The rooms all have ceiling fans.
Also, while I love the house because it's old, I am totally paranoid about some of the issues that come with that--what if the kids are exposed to lead? What if there is lead in the pipes and it comes out in the water? What if they used asbestos (wrong era though, if I'm not mistaken)? What if the electrical is poor because it's old(I don't even know if it is old, lol)? Etc, etc, etc. The house has been recently painted, and the owner said that when he purchased, it was wallpapered, and he painted directly over the wallpaper. So, I'm guessing the lead paint isn't an issue.
Thoughts? Would love your opinions on either issue. :) And of course, this is all hypothetical at this point, since we have only put the application in and there's no way to know at this point whether we will end up with this place or not.