Ductwork plays a key role in your HVAC system by making sure conditioned air generated by your heating system is properly distributed throughout your house. But if your ductwork design is flawed or if it gets poorly installed, your HVAC system will never be able to live up to its potential. This can lead to inadequate warmth and excessively high energy costs for years. When you hire an HVAC contractor to help you install a ductwork system, make sure he pays close attention to the design, sealing and installation.
There are many natural obstacles in your home that can impede efficient air delivery, which is why you need an experienced, reliable HVAC contractor on the job. He needs to be knowledgeable enough to account for things like vaulted ceilings that can trap air. When your ductwork design anticipates architectural features that affect your airflow, you reduce the overall workload for your HVAC system, minimizing energy costs.
Design is important, but it won’t mean a thing if the quality of the installation is subpar. Duct connections need to be airtight so warm air isn’t able to leak out before reaching your supply vents. If it does, it gets wasted in spaces like your attic or basement; and you can actually lose up to 30 percent of your warm air before it ever even makes it into your home. Connections need to be sealed properly before the installation is complete because much of your ductwork becomes concealed in flooring and walls. A contractor may agree to fix leaky ducts for free if they did a poor job, but this is a huge inconvenience for you.
For more information on ductwork design and how it will affect your home’s efficiency and savings for years to come, contact Roth Heating & Cooling today. We proudly serve the Portland metro area.