Your home’s ductwork is just as important as the heating or cooling unit to which it’s connected. Properly sized and sealed ductwork is key to comfort, indoor air quality and efficient heating and cooling in your Texas home.
The Importance of Your Austin-Area Home’s Ductwork
Ducts contain the “rivers” of heated or cooled air that are distributed to all areas of your home. They can function well if they are are the proper size and are well sealed. If the ducts are too small or leak air, they don’t deliver enough valuable hot or cool air to the rooms where it’s needed. They make your furnace or air conditioner work much harder to force air through the ducts to rooms in your home. Another important component of your ductwork is the return ducts which recycle air back to be heated or cooled.
Ductwork Plays a Big Role in Indoor Air Quality
Your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) depends, in part, on having well-sealed ductwork. Small leaks can allow contaminants into the air conditioning or heating ductwork, which are then distributed throughout your home. Allergens that are commonly found inside homes include:
Gases and fumes resulting from combustion
Pollen, dust mites and pet dander
Viruses, bacteria and mold
Chemicals from household cleaning products, fabrics, carpets and furniture
While some people are not noticeably affected by many these contaminants, they can significantly affect family members who suffer from asthma or allergies. These indoor pollutants can leave unpleasant smells or cause illness or breathing problems if not properly addressed. Ductwork sealing is an easy way to address indoor air quality problems. 1st Choice Energy can inspect your ductwork to determine if any leakage needs to be addressed.
Ductwork Replacement & Redesign for Your New HVAC System
If your heating and cooling system is ten years old or older, replacing your heating and cooling will dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. When 1st Choice Energy inspects your home for HVAC replacement, we will measure and assess your home’s inside volume to ensure that the air conditioner, furnace or heat pump is properly sized for your home’s unique dimensions. Once the size of the appliance is determined, we’ll take a look at your existing ductwork system. Our team will make sure that the ducts are not making the new HVAC work too hard and will check for leaks that can affect the efficiency and comfort of the new system. If your current ductwork is not well-matched to your new system, our residential HVAC duct design team will develop plans for new ductwork that maximizes your home’s efficiency and comfort.