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What Homeowners Should Know About Ductwork Installation

Dec 21

Ductwork installation is one of those things you might not think about until you need it while renovating or building a home. Room extensions, in particular, may have a significant influence on your ducting as well as your whole heating and cooling system. Even 100-200 square feet of additional climate-controlled area may necessitate costly ducting upgrades. However, armed oneself with process expertise will make your project go lot more smoothly.


The Definition Of Ductwork

The airflow from your heating or cooling system is distributed throughout your home via ductwork. The air is drawn from everywhere throughout the home into the heater/air conditioner, heated or cooled, and then pumped back into the living room through ducts. Air intake and outflow are essential for efficient ducting, as well as heating, cooling, and indoor air quality. The air pressure and balance of your heating and cooling systems will be off if you don't have correctly built return vents, and your home's efficiency and temperature control will suffer as a result.


Redefining Ductwork

Traditional heating and cooling ductwork is facing a significant opposition for the first time in its long reign. Split-system air conditioners and heat pumps employ zoning principles to improve energy efficiency across the home while also eliminating the need for traditional ducting. Ductless air conditioning and ductless heat pumps are now among the trendiest trends in the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) business. You'll need to consult an expert to see if such a system is appropriate for your house, but the potential benefits are well worth the effort spent researching. If you choose a ductless system, you may need to take additional precautions to ensure that your home has appropriate ventilation. Homeowners who improve their insulation or install replacement windows may experience increased ventilation. It's usually a simple remedy, but it's something that should be looked at and analyzed by a professional HVAC technician.


The Importance Of A Properly Installed Ductwork System

When correctly built, ductwork is an effective way to keep you comfortable and regulate the temperature in your house. However, improper installation might cause issues. Insulation is utilized to isolate the ductwork from locations such as attics or crawl spaces, and aluminum tape is used to seal the gaps between duct components. If one of these steps is not completed correctly, air leakage can occur, resulting in an inefficient system (which will cost you money), poor air quality, and potentially premature heating/air conditioning unit failure.

Sizing is another factor to consider while installing ductwork. To guarantee the most effective functioning, the size of your ductwork must match the size of your heater and/or air conditioner. A competent ductwork installer will be able to match the duct system to the equipment you're utilizing for a perfect fit. In addition, these experts will fine-tune your ducting for maximum efficiency, comfort, and longevity: Balancing is the act of adjusting dampers inside the ducts so that the proper quantity of air flows into each area.