To design ductwork correctly for a new home or room addition is just as important as selecting the right heating and air conditioning equipment to match the loads required by the size and layout of the house. Properly designed and installed ducts will let the HVAC equipment run at optimum efficiency while keeping every room in the house comfortable.
Contractors design ductwork to provide air at the right temperature to every part of your home without putting a strain on your heating and cooling systems. Even if your system was designed right and installed well when your house was built, your ductwork could be reducing your energy efficiency and home comfort today due to some of the following factors:
- Flex ducts can kink or get crushed by surrounding objects if they’re not well supported and kept protected.
- Insulation inside ducts can deteriorate and fall apart over time due to age and moisture. Loose insulation will restrict airflow in ducts and allow energy losses through duct walls where it has come loose.
- If external insulation is missing or damaged where ducts run through unconditioned spaces like the attic, you will have significant energy losses from the ductwork.
- Dirty filters and blower fans will restrict airflow in ductwork, making your system work harder than it should to keep your home comfortable.
- Furniture, drapes or rugs blocking return air registers will decrease the airflow and upset the pressure balance in your ductwork, making it hard to keep affected rooms comfortable.
- Leaks in ductwork caused by gaps between duct joints or deteriorated sealants will cause energy losses when unconditioned air is sucked into the ducts or conditioned air leaves the ducts before its intended destination.
- Zone dampers that get stuck or that do not fully open can block airflow in and leave rooms too hot or too cold while your HVAC equipment works overtime to get those spaces to reach their desired temperatures.
Call us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing for help diagnosing problems and repairing ductwork anywhere in the Grand Traverse County area. Our expert technicians will help you find ways to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient in every season.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ductwork and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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