Homeowners are wise to evaluate their homes’ ductwork design, whether they are planning for a newly constructed home or assessing comfort problems in an existing home.
Why does duct design matter? The typical home’s ductwork efficiency often falls well under par, wasting energy and hurting home comfort. An inefficient duct system can lead to a host of problems, including:
- Air leaks, which cause HVAC equipment to work harder and consume more energy
- The installation of oversize systems to make up for energy losses
- Poor home comfort, with some rooms that are stuffy and others that are hot or cold zones
- Improper pressure balance, which creates an uncomfortable home and forces your HVAC system to consume more energy to try to overcome losses through air leaks
- Poor indoor air quality, as a leaky system creates an entry point for humidity and contaminants such as dust to gain access to your home
- Low airflow rates throughout the home, which also can create undue hardship on your HVAC system
Many of these problems result when ductwork is designed as an afterthought. It pays to take the time to develop a well-thought-out plan for your home’s ductwork design. Among other benefits, good ductwork design:
- Allows the ductwork to meet the cooling and heating loads of the home
- Ensures proper equipment sizing and meets airflow requirements
- Optimizes airflow through a well-sealed system
- Guarantees maximum indoor air quality, and prevents contaminants from gaining access
- Ensures that supply and return ducts create a balanced pressure throughout the home
- Prevents energy losses with adequate duct insulation
While you might think that retrofitting ductwork is too costly, many homes can significantly benefit from even minor adjustments in ductwork design. The payoff of energy savings usually makes the service worthwhile.
To get the most out of your investment in your home-comfort systems, and to maximize home comfort and energy savings, your home’s ductwork design should score high marks. If it doesn’t, contact Jon Wayne Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re happy to visit your home and conduct our comprehensive duct evaluation and develop a whole-house strategy to improve yours. Serving the San Antonio area, we’re always happy to help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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