With any type of forced-air heating and air conditioning system, you need a set of ductwork to deliver air from the HVAC unit through the vents in your home. And generally, your home will already contain a set of ducts that help to deliver both the heated and cooled air. But some existing ductwork is poorly designed or sealed, with excessive air leaks and inadequate insulation. In this case, you end up spending far more money for your heating than is necessary.
Ducts must be designed in such a way that warm air reaches your home in the most efficient way possible and that heat loss does not occur. Faulty installation of ductwork is responsible for a lot of air leakage and heat loss in many households, which means that much of the air that is warmed by your home heating system won’t actually make it to your living space. Instead, warm air can leak into a crawlspace or in the attic.
But of course, you continue paying to run your HVAC system, which means you’re spending money to run a system that may never adequately heat up the house. In fact, because your heating system continues to run, you may notice frequent repair needs as components begin to become worn down from overuse. If this happens, your forced-air heating unit may even fail prematurely.
For optimal duct function, you want an efficient duct design, proper insulation, and effective sealing against any air loss. Poor sealing and lack of insulation can result in a 20% air loss and a 25% loss due to heat transferring out of the ducts. Amateurs simply don’t have the proper tools and expertise to assess in which areas your current duct design contributes to energy loss or where sealing is needed.
Experts are trained to use only those materials which comply with industry safety conventions as set forth by the Underwriters Laboratories Standards 181, 181A, and 181B. These standards help to guarantee fire safety with a low flame spread index. Experts also know the most efficient type of duct design, and which material to use in your particular circumstances. Call Shaw’s Air Conditioning to find out how you can improve your heating in Lemoore with duct sealing, duct installation, or duct repair.