Aren’t heating and air conditioning ducts the same in all homes?
The short answer is: usually. Unfortunately, that may not be a good thing for your home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states: “about 20-30 percent of the air that moves through a duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. When the ducts are in an unconditioned space, the result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter where the thermostat is set.” In high humidity areas, duct leakage into unconditioned space also results in increased humidity in the home…
My ducts seem ok, why change/
upgrade ducting now?
If the ducting system is not designed and installed properly, your heating and air conditioning system will not work properly. Often duct systems were not designed properly and the return duct and/ or the supply duct are undersized. If that is the case, your duct system may need to be redesigned and/or repaired or replaced in order to get the air where it is needed. Replacing or repairing undersized or leaky ducts and/or duct insulation may allow a professional heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor to downsize your HVAC equipment. Thus, saving on the price of the equipment. A homeowner’s benefit in upgrading the ductwork is the increased comfort, followed by energy savings.
How can repairing ducts make my home more comfortable?
Heated or cooled air is transferred from your HVAC equipment to the rooms in your home through the duct system. If the correct amount of air at the correct temperature does not make it through the duct to the rooms, these rooms will not be heated or cooled properly. Thus, you will have hot and cold spots and drafts in your home. Additionally, there needs to be a proper path for the air to return to the HVAC equipment. Unfortunately, many homebuilders still ignore the return ducting requirements in order to save on the installation cost. The result is stuffy, uncomfortable rooms, and uneven heating and cooling in the average home.
Are there other benefits to duct upgrades and repairs
“Improved indoor air quality and enhanced health” are big claims!
If you currently have good indoor air quality, you may not see
Are energy savings really going to show up on my utility bill?
If you have
“Sold!” Who is the best person to contact when I need to decide on HVAC upgrades that include duct repairs?
Look no further than your professional HVAC contractor! Professional HVAC contractors can evaluate, design, install, and/or repair ducts. An excellent time to have this work done is during an equipment change out. That way your duct system will work with your new higher efficiency equipment to make your home more energy efficient. Additionally, once the duct system is repaired or replaced, and balanced based on