Why is Ductwork Important?
When you’re undertaking a remodeling or building project, ductwork installation is one of those things you may not think about until you need it. Room additions, in particular, can have an enormous impact on your ductwork and general heating and cooling. Even 100-200 square feet of addition climate-controlled space may require significant retrofits to your system of ductwork. That said, arming yourself with knowledge about the process will help your project go much more smoothly. Our ductwork technicians can help you with projects of any size, from a simple add on coil and heat pump to your existing oil furnace or a fully ducted heat pump system with multiple zones for your new or renovated home we have all of the options available to help you make your home comfortable in every room.
Ductwork is used to distribute airflow from your heating and cooling system throughout your home or business. This involves the air being sucked from throughout the house into your heating and cooling appliance, where it is heated or cooled, and pushed back through ducts into the occupied space. Both intake and output of air is critical to smooth-operating ductwork, not to mention heating, cooling, and indoor air quality. Without properly designed return vent(s), the air pressure and equilibrium of your heating and cooling systems will be off and your home’s efficiency and climate control will invariably suffer.
Traditional heating and cooling ductwork is, for the first time, seeing a serious challenger to its uninterrupted supremacy. Split-system air conditioners and heat pumps use zoning strategies to increase energy-efficiency throughout the home, but they also do away with conventional ductwork. In fact, ductless heat pumps are among the hottest catchphrases in the entire HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) industry right now. At Ready Refrigeration we are able to determine if such a system is right for your home, If you do decide to go with a ductless system, you may need to take additional steps to create adequate ventilation for your home. Enhanced ventilation is also an issue sometimes for homeowners who upgrade their insulation or install replacement windows. Usually, it’s an easy fix, but it’s something that needs to be looked at and evaluated during our thorough education process as we discuss what is right for your home.
The Importance of Proper Ductwork Installation
If ductwork is installed properly, it is an efficient means of keeping you comfortable and regulating the temperature in your home. But shoddy installation can cause problems. Aluminum tape is used to seal the seams between duct pieces, and insulation is used to separate the ductwork from areas such as attics or crawl spaces. If either of these is not done properly, the result can be air leakage, meaning an inefficient system (which will cost you money), poor air quality, and even early failure of your heating/air conditioning equipment. Another consideration when installing ductwork is sizing. The size of your ductwork must match the size of your heat pump system in order to ensure the most efficient operation. A ductwork installation professional from our team will be able to match the duct system to the equipment you’re using for a solid fit. These professionals will also fine-tune your ductwork for optimal efficiency, comfort, and longevity.