Residential and Commercial customers are wise to evaluate their ductwork design, whether they are planning for new construction or assessing existing comfort problems.
Why does duct design matter? The typical home or office ductwork efficiency often falls well under par, wasting energy and hurting 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 comfort, with areas that are stuffy and others that are hot or cold zones
Improper pressure balance, which creates uncomfortable zones 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 or work environment
Low airflow rates 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 ductwork design. Among other benefits, good ductwork design:
Allows the ductwork to meet the cooling and heating loads of the home or office
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, often you 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 comfort systems, and to maximize comfort and energy savings, your ductwork design should score high marks.
If it doesn’t, contact Service Smith. We’re happy to visit your home or office and conduct our comprehensive duct evaluation and develop a strategy to improve your comfort. Serving the Phoenix area, we’re always happy to help.