In beautiful Peachtree City and surrounding areas, we experience a variety of beautiful weather all year long. The seasons may change, but one thing that should not change for home comfort is the efficiency of your ductwork system. Ductwork should be built to last season after season, year after year. To ensure your family’s home comfort and energy efficiency, implement these five tips.
Correct duct sizing is important for both the performance of your heating and cooling systems, and for optimal and equal air pressure from the nearest to furthest air-supply registers. This may require reducing duct size, tapering, as it extends to far registers.
Your home’s design and location of your furnace should be assessed by a heating and cooling pro to determine the best ductwork design. It should implement unobstructed routes of ducts in the shortest possible fashion from air handler to air-supply registers.
Sealing and insulating your ducts will reflect on your heating and cooling bill no matter the season for many years. A single disconnected joint could cause substantial losses. The federal programs Energy Savers and Energy Star state that the typical home loses 20 percent of conditioned air through leaks, and another 60 percent of conditioned air may be compromised by conduction in uninsulated ducts in unconditioned areas. Simply put, seal your ducts tight with aluminum or butyl tape, or mastic and mesh.
Return grilles need to be located on each floor of your home (in living space), and centrally located. It’s wise to install jumper ducts to help keep air pressure balanced, which closed doors greatly influence.
Balanced air circulation for even heating and cooling is achieved by diligently following optimal duct design. Air-pressure and airflow imbalances burden the heating and cooling system, costing higher utilities and wear on components. It promotes outdoor air infiltration, as well.
Contact us at Powers Heating & Air today, and our experts will guide you step by step through efficient ductwork design, or for any other home comfort needs you have. We proudly serve the Fayette and Coweta County area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ductwork design and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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