Duct Efficiency Helps Ensure You Have an Efficient HVAC Unit

You certainly need your HVAC unit to run efficiently to keep your Palm Beach County home comfortable. In addition to maintaining your AC and heating system, it’s important to ensure your air ducts are in good shape. What follows are the benefits of duct efficiency and steps you can take to ensure you’re getting the most from your HVAC system.

Why Duct Efficiency Matters

Maintaining good duct efficiency has its perks! First of all, you’re going to notice better airflow to all the rooms in your home. This helps eliminate hot and cold spots. Secondly, a well-sealed and well-insulated duct system dramatically helps keep energy bills lower. On top of this, good air-duct efficiency can reduce wear and tear on your AC and heating system.

Duct Efficiency and Air Sealing

Air ducts are notorious for allowing conditioned airflow to leak out into the unconditioned spaces of your home. These spaces may include vented crawl spaces, the basement, and/or the attic. Some of the warning signs that your air ducts have leaks are unbalanced airflow from room to room and noisy ducts, such as rattling and clamoring.

Air ducts are often difficult to reach. So, it’s advisable to bring in your HVAC technician to seal the air ducts. Your technician has a trained eye, as well as the equipment and skills — such as performing a blower door test — to locate and seal all of the air duct leaks.

Duct Efficiency and Insulation

Another common problem that dramatically reduces ductwork efficiency is the lack of duct insulation in unconditioned spaces. If your air ducts are square, the most practical insulation to use is rigid foam board. The foam board is cut to fit to duct runs and applied with a construction adhesive. If your air ducts are round, you’re better off wrapping the ducts with fiberglass batts and sealing them with heat-resistant metal duct tape.

If you would like an HVAC professional to help with duct efficiency in your home, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating in Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River counties today.

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