Your air ducts play a major role in keeping your home cool in Fresno’s hot, dry summers and in chasing away the chill during winter. Duct sealing helps your ducts do their job more efficiently so you can stay more comfortable and lower your bills.
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The duct system is a branching network of tubes that convey cooled and heated airflow to the rooms of your home. The efficiency with which this vital function is performed plays heavily in your home’s efficiency and comfort. Consider the benefits of scheduling professional duct maintenance and make your Fresno home more efficient.
In order for the ductwork in your home’s forced-air cooling and heating system to play its expected role, the ducts must be kept clean and free of dirt and other debris. The good news is that in most homes, a well-maintained HVAC system goes hand in hand with clean ductwork. Regular air filter maintenance will keep contaminants from collecting in the ducts, and properly sealed and connected duct sections will keep dirt, dust and other material from entering the system from outside. Annual preventative HVAC maintenance also will help ensure clean ducts.
Designing ductwork for your new home or renovation isn’t something a homeowner should do on his own. To design HVAC ducts properly, professional know-how is necessary. Otherwise, you’ll risk having inefficient, non-effective ductwork in your home, and once ductwork has been designed and installed, it’s tough to fix if the design is faulty.
The HVAC ductwork hidden behind your home’s walls and ceilings is essential for distributing the air your family breathes, so keeping it free of contaminants is very important. Here’s how to prevent ductwork contamination and to keep your air supply free of pollen, mold, dust mites, bacteria, chemical residues and other undesirable pollutants:
The ductwork in your home HVAC system is carefully designed and balanced to deliver just the right amount of air to all your rooms – at least, it should be. But the fact is that not all ductwork is correctly installed, and even when it is, years of use can lead to leaks and damage in your ducts. Disconnected heating ducts can result in a lot of energy use and a decline in home comfort, so it’s a good idea to have your ducts inspected for leakage.
Your ductwork system carries conditioned air throughout your home to maintain your desired comfort level. Any areas where insulation is torn can affect the efficiency of your furnace system, making your furnace work harder. This equates to higher energy costs and lower efficiency. And during the warmer season, moisture condensation buildup can actually damage the duct system itself.
Your home’s ductwork system bears the task of providing a clear channel for conditioned airflow from the A/C and furnace to the living spaces. In the average home, however, aging or poorly designed ductwork loses up to 30 percent of conditioned air. Include a ductwork inspection with your HVAC tune-up this year and ensure your energy dollars are well spent.
Good ductwork design can be the difference between consistency and inconsistency, efficiency and inefficiency in your forced-air cooling or heating system. Poor design can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system by as much as 40 percent. Proper design requires four basic criteria.