Duct Systems for South Jersey
If you have a forced air system, you know how important your ductwork is. As the most common type of home heating and cooling system, a duct system functions as an air distribution system for your entire home. Using supply and return air ducts and registers, air is able to circulate throughout the entire home, providing you with the heating and cooling you need to stay comfortable.
Duct System Advantages:
- Used for heating and cooling.
- Distributes air throughout the entire home.
- Has a built-in look.
Duct System Disadvantages:
- Prone to air leaks, cracks, and gaps (a lot of conditioned air gets lost).
- Distributes air contaminants and allergens around the home (mitigated by regular duct cleaning service).
New Duct Systems
In order to install or retrofit your home with a new duct system, you will want to hire a qualified HVAC contractor, such as Heating Specialties in South NJ, to design and install an efficient duct system for your home. This will help improve indoor air quality and improve energy efficiency in your home with a well-balanced supply and return airflow.
For the most energy-efficient duct systems, ask about installing the duct system inside of dropped ceilings and in the corners of rooms. Air ducts can also be built in your attic or built into raised floors. Additionally, round ducts tend to have fewer air leaks and inefficiencies than rectangular ducts.
Supply Duct Configurations
Air ducts can be configured in many different ways, including:
- Perimeter Loop
- Radial (best for ducts located in conditioned spaces)
- Trunk and Branch (best for ducts located in conditioned spaces)
Your air duct returns can be located in each room of the home or they can be located in central locations on each floor of the home. No matter what type of duct system you choose for your home or business, it is important to use actual ducts, not chases or floor cavities. Find out more about duct system options and configurations by calling Heating Specialties.
Air Duct Sealing and Insulating
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average duct system loses around 20-30% of its conditioned air to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ductwork. If you have a duct system in place, make sure you aren’t leaking any air by sealing and insulating your air ducts.
You can tell if you have poorly sealed and insulated air ducts if:
- You have high energy bills.
- Air can be felt coming out of your duct connections.
- You have stuffy rooms that are difficult to heat and cool.
- Rooms in your home never seem to get the heating or cooling it needs.
- You have ducts that are located in unconditioned spaces, such as crawl spaces, garages, and the attic.
The best way to improve your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your duct system is by contacting a professional HVAC company to air seal and insulate your air ducts for you. There is technology available to HVAC contractors to air seal your duct system from the inside out. This is a more aesthetic and better performing solution for your duct system that will last the life of your air duct system.
If you have well-insulated and sealed air ducts but are still experiencing significant energy losses, you may want to check your home’s insulation levels, air leaks from windows and doors, and inefficient windows.
Contact Heating Specialties in South Jersey for all your duct system services. We are experts in repairing, replacing, installing, and servicing all kinds of duct systems.
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