Whether you’re building a new house or have an existing home that you’d like to renovate, the design of your heating and cooling system should be a priority. Setting and meeting duct design objectives isn’t glamorous, but they can have a long-term impact on your family’s comfort. If your home project doesn’t have a clear plan for handling duct design, it’s time to put one in place.
Forced-air furnaces, heat pumps and central air conditioners all rely on one thing to keep you comfortable — your ductwork. Poorly designed or maintained ducts aren’t able to distribute conditioned air properly, and are often noisy and inefficient. That’s why it’s so important to set duct design objectives early on in a building project. Here are a few objectives that we feel should be a part of every design plan:
The size and length of ducts has a direct impact on how easily air moves through the system. Undersized ducts cause increased air velocity, which can result in excessive noise. Overly long duct runs reduce airflow, starving the rooms in your home for air. Proper sizing from the beginning eliminates both issues.
Even Air Distribution
A well-designed system will meet the heating or cooling needs in every room of the house. Temperatures and airflow will be even and consistent when the ductwork is properly configured.
Leaking, crimped or poorly installed ducts don’t allow adequate airflow and negatively impact the system’s performance. A quality design effort will avoid potential pitfalls, and a professional contractor will ensure the job is done right from the start.
Balanced Supply And Return
In order for air to circulate properly, the system must include adequate supply and return ducts. This equalizes air pressure throughout the home, and ensures optimal air flow.
Since 1976, Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical has been creating and implementing duct design objectives for both new construction and existing home renovations. Don’t ignore this critical part of your system’s performance. Contact us today, and let our team of experts conduct an on-site assessment to make sure you’re on the right track.