The silver ducts running through your attic, garage, basement, or crawl spaces are essential to your centralized heating and cooling systems. These ducts are the channels through which conditioned air flows from the air treatment systems to the living spaces of your home. Good ductwork is designed, sized, and installed properly. It is also free of holes, ruptures, and leaks.
Air Crafts specialists are experts at identifying and repairing faulty ductwork. Evaluating the air flow needs of your home can save you hundreds of dollars per year on energy bills. Properly designed ductwork guarantees that the airflow in your home is distributed accordingly. Each room in your home has different airflow needs, so a thorough evaluation by us to ensure a proper ductwork design that is efficient can save you money!
Air Crafts air conditioning technicians are trained to evaluate the design and efficiency of your current ductwork. The technician will determine the amount of air that needs to be delivered, and he will consider the location of your heating/cooling units as well as the number of turns required in your ductwork.
Because ductwork is often laid out in areas of your home that are unseen, such as crawl spaces and attics, you may not even realize that your ductwork is leaking. If you are unsure whether your system is properly sealed, one common indication is having suspiciously high energy bills.
Whether you need ductwork installed in a new room, or you need to retrofit or replace old ducts, our air conditioning technicians know all about proper ductwork installations that abide by standards set forth by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).
Once your air conditioning contractor has evaluated your home’s cooling and heating needs, and you have selected central heating/cooling units that are adequately sized, the next step is to install the entire systems, including the ductwork.
Ductwork comes in a wide array of sizes and design schemes in order to accommodate the airflow needs of various homes with unique air conditioner and furnace combinations. Ductwork is designed based on calculations that consider a room’s square footage, the size of an air conditioning unit, and other factors that help determine the size of your ducting system and the most efficient ductwork design that would best suit your home. If, on the other hand, you are replacing your heating and/or cooling unit with the exact same model, then your ductwork may not need replacing. In any case, whether you are installing a new heating and cooling system on a new construction site, or you are replacing an old system, the entire system installation process can be done relatively quickly. On average, installing a new central heating and cooling system along with the adequate ductwork takes anywhere from 1 to 2 days, maybe less, maybe more, depending on the amount of work required.
Air Crafts is able to build or modify ductwork in house at their Valley Center location.
Damaged ductwork will not allow your heating and cooling systems to work as efficiently. Leaking or punctured ducts will waste perfectly treated air and cause your heating and cooling systems to work harder in order to make-up for the loss of airflow.
If you suspect that your central air conditioner or furnace is not working as efficiently as it should be, chances are that faulty ductwork is to blame. Take a look at these most common problems found in faulty ducts.
4 Common Ductwork Problems
Leaks in ductwork. Improperly sealed or loose ducts will waste perfectly conditioned air and cause your air treatment systems to work harder in order to make-up for the loss of airflow. Leaking ducts will also allow untreated air to enter your home, thereby polluting the quality of your indoor air.
Insulation is worn or not present. Any duct running though spaces that do not have air that’s been treated should be insulated. In order to avoid rust and mold caused from condensation buildup, ductwork found in crawl spaces, attics, and basements should always be insulated.
Damaged ducts. Ductwork may get damaged due to accidental mishaps that may happen during home maintenance jobs that require entering the attic or basements of your home. Also rodents may damage ductwork by chewing on it and puncturing it.
Ductwork not sized properly. This is possibly the most common reason for cold and hot spots in your home. If your ductwork is too small or too large, this will cause your system to overwork and eventually breakdown prematurely.