Your ductwork is crucial to your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Good duct design will help ensure that your home remains comfortable no matter the weather. Proper ductwork also helps improve energy efficiency in your home and contributes to lower heating and cooling costs.
In today’s post, air conditioning installation expert Air Products & Services discusses some of the principles that are essential in creating a good duct design.
Balance. There should be a good balance between the volume of air leaving and entering your space, which will help maintain neutral air pressure in your home. Manual dampers are usually helpful in adjusting airflow to achieve the right amount of balance.
Clear path. Make sure there’s always a clear, unobstructed path for return air. This is especially important when central return vents are used in common areas. Residential AC experts recommend using jumper ducts and pass-through grilles, as these can help maintain unobstructed airflow.
Proper sealing. Duct segments should be properly sealed using metal foil tape, mastic or a combination of the two. Leak testing should also be carried out by a qualified HVAC technician before making final connections to the rest of your heating and cooling system.
Ducts in unconditioned spaces. Ideally, most or all of your ductwork should be contained within conditioned spaces throughout your house. In unconditioned spaces, make sure the ducts are properly insulated.
Proper ductwork. Ensure your contractor isn’t cutting corners during duct installation. Closing up wall voids or creating ceiling joist channels can reduce your home’s energy efficiency in the long run. Lastly, metal and/or fiberglass are typically the only recommended materials for ductwork.
Air Products & Services has been serving the local community since 1979. We provide a full range of services, which include residential and commercial AC maintenance and repair. Call us at (818) 989-2030 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We serve customers in Tarzana, CA, and the surrounding areas.