When it comes to keeping your Cocoa Beach, FL home or business comfortable, every component in your HVAC system has to work together. Components like air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps receive the most attention, but they’re only part of the equation. It doesn’t matter how much hot or cold air your components produce if the air isn’t distributed effectively. That’s where your ductwork comes in. It’s often overlooked, but your HVAC ductwork plays a vital role in the overall function of your system. For efficient, reliable heating and cooling, it’s essential to get your ductwork right.
Consider Your Duct Size Carefully
A typical HVAC system is more complex and finely balanced than you might realize. Most homes rely on two separate networks of ducts and vents that combine to create a complete ductwork system. Supply ducts circulate conditioned air throughout your home and distribute it to each room through supply vents. Meanwhile, return ducts pull in ambient air from your home and pass it through your HVAC components for treatment. This flow of air needs to be balanced to maintain air pressure and keep the system working properly.
Achieving and maintaining this balance requires ducts that are carefully sized to meet the capacity and needs of your system. Ductwork that isn’t sized properly can create air pressure imbalances and cause your equipment to work unnecessarily hard. As a result, you’re likely to experience higher utility costs and more frequent equipment malfunctions. Many common HVAC problems can ultimately be linked to ductwork that wasn’t sized properly during installation.
Proper Design Is Critical
To make matters even trickier, size is only one of the variables that can profoundly impact your ductwork’s airflow. The way your ducts are routed through your home also plays a major role. Poor routing can add unnecessary length and require more bends in your ductwork. It can also result in air vents being located in places that are inefficient or problematic. In some cases, sloppy routing can even cause air leaks and potentially allow dirty, polluted air to enter your duct system.
The best way to avoid these issues is to hire certified professionals who offer expert heating and cooling services. Skilled contractors design and install ductwork using sophisticated calculations and industry standards that account for these factors and more. By calculating your required heating and cooling loads, a professional can design ductwork that matches your precise airflow needs. If you have existing ductwork that isn’t serving you properly, a contractor can help identify and correct the underlying issues.
Maintaining Your HVAC Ductwork
Even if your ducts are carefully designed and sized to perfection, they still require some basic care. Airborne particulates tend to accumulate inside ducts over time, potentially causing airflow disruptions and indoor air quality problems. If left unaddressed, dirty ductwork can also contribute to your HVAC components wearing out prematurely. At a bare minimum, it’s recommended to have your air ducts cleaned every three years. An annual cleaning schedule is even better to preserve your indoor air quality and overall system performance.
In addition to periodic cleaning, it’s also a good idea to have your ducts inspected and serviced. Corrosion, sagging, and other damage can potentially create leaks and cause airflow problems that may otherwise go unnoticed. During an inspection, a technician can check the stability and integrity of your entire ductwork system. They can also check whether your ducts are sealed and insulated well enough to prevent wasted energy.
If you’ve been neglecting your HVAC ductwork, now is the time to give it the attention it deserves. Considering its importance, it’s crucial to have your ductwork installed or serviced by experienced, NATE-certified professionals. At Extreme Air & Electric, Inc., we’ve been providing expert heating and cooling services across Florida’s Space Coast since 2002. As a Trane Comfort Specialist and a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor, you can have confidence in the quality of our work.