If your ductwork is not properly designed and installed, your HVAC system will never be able to live up to its potential. Your ductwork plays the huge role of distributing conditioned air throughout your house. So if it never gets there, it doesn’t matter how efficient your air system is supposed to be — you simply won’t get optimal results. The key is to focus on ideal ductwork design and sealing when dealing with a new installation.
The intent of your ductwork is to establish an airflow of your conditioned air from the supply vents through your home so that it reaches all the corners of your home and then gets back to the return vents. This will ensure that your HVAC system doesn’t get overworked and you can maintain a stable temperature throughout your home.
Simple constructional features in your home can hinder this airflow and must be accounted for. If air ends up traveling to an area where it can’t escape — such as a the space in a vaulted ceiling — your HVAC system gets overworked and your energy costs will rise. Partnering with an experienced HVAC contractor is key to making sure you get the ideal ductwork design for your home’s needs.
While the theory behind the design is important, the actual execution is of course the most vital part. The connections between all of the ducts need to be as airtight as possible so that conditioned air doesn’t escape before making it to your supply ducts. If they aren’t, you can lose up to 30 percent of your conditioned air before it ever reaches your supply vents. This must be done carefully before the installation is complete because much of your ductwork will become inaccessible in your floors or walls and will be costly to repair.
To learn more about the importance of ductwork design and a reliable installation, contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioningtoday.
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