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What Is Ductwork, And What May Go Wrong With It?

Feb 28

Your ductwork should be cleaned. Your ductwork should be sealed. Ensure that your ducting is properly insulated. Why is this one component of your HVAC system getting so much attention? It's as easy as that: if you want your ductwork to operate, you'll have to do some ducting.

 

Introduction To Ductwork

Ductwork is used for forced air movement in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). This airflow involves the supply of heated or cooled air from within your home, the return and dispersion of this conditioned air throughout your home, and the exhausting of air as needed out of the home. Ductwork does not include pipes that transport water, gas, or refrigerant. Ductwork is a system for moving air. Ductwork comes in a variety of forms and sizes, including rectangular, round, and oval cross-sections, and is made of a variety of materials, including metals, fiberglass, and flexible plastics.

 

The Consequences Of Cutting Corners On Ductwork

They're nothing more than ducts. What kind of a problem could they possibly cause? Ductwork can cause a variety of issues depending on the situation, including:

  • Surfaces were coated in dirt and dust.
  • Air quality is poor.
  • Uncomfortable living quarters.
  • Increased heating and cooling costs.

 

What May Be Causing The Ductwork Issues?

  • Design and installation were shoddy.
    Inadequate ductwork, as well as improperly planned and installed systems, will not be able to heat or cool your house effectively or efficiently. Unfortunately, this is a common problem. According to the National Comfort Institute, the typical duct system in the United States is just 57% efficient.
  • Ducts that are leaking.
    In the average house, 20-40% of the air that passes through the HVAC ductwork is lost, along with the comfort and energy costs that come with it. For an effective and efficient HVAC system, ductwork must be properly sealed.
  • Registers and grills that are loose.
    Another factor to consider when it comes to leaky ductwork, registers, and grills is that they are not adequately sealed. This might result in even more conditioned air being lost.
  • Twisted, kinked, squashed, or shredded flexible ducting.
    Airflow constraints in commonly used flexible plastic ducts might force your HVAC system to work overtime to transport air around your home. If your ducting is of this type, make sure to inspect it on a regular basis.
  • Ductwork has been damaged by pests.
    Ductwork that has been damaged or infected by animals or insects can cause a variety of problems, including a loss of conditioned air and poor air quality.
  • Ductwork that isn't properly insulated or isn't insulated at all.
    How hot or cold is it in your attic or basement? Ducts that aren't adequately insulated might lose warm and cooled air in the winter and summer, respectively.
  • Air ducts that are filthy.
    Is the quality of the air inside your home worse than outside? Air ducts that are dirty may spread dust, pollen, grime, bacteria, mold, mildew, and other contaminants throughout your house. Make sure your ductwork is tested for any pollution and cleaned as needed to preserve your indoor air quality.