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Proper ductwork is the key to comfort, energy savings, and fewer repairs!
Ductwork is the most important, yet most overlooked, part of any heating and air conditioning system. Designed and installed properly, it can make a home comfortable and a pleasure to live in. Done improperly, it can create hot and cold spots, drafty areas, and shorten the life of your equipment by one-half or more! In the course of our work, we run into this time and time again-a home with a decent piece of equipment, but a totally inadequate duct system. We've replaced entire systems-ductwork AND equipment-that were only 3 years old, all because the duct system was not engineered and installed properly, leading to major failure of the equipment. Failures that were so expensive to repair, it made more sense financially to replace the equipment rather than repair it. To prevent the same thing from happening again, the homeowner wisely chose to have the duct system replaced at the same time as the equipment.
As new heating and air conditioning equipment becomes more and more efficient, the equipment becomes less tolerant to incorrect duct sizing, engineering, and installation. That's why, when you have existing equipment replaced, it is a must to examine the existing duct system to see if it is adequate for the new equipment. To determine the proper size of both the equipment and ductwork, a Manual J Load Calculation should be performed on the home.
Installing a new piece of heating and air conditioning equipment on an improperly sized, designed, and installed duct system is kind of like giving a new heart to a man with clogged arteries-it may work for a while, but soon the strain will cause the new one to fail!
We also design and install zone systems for homes. These work well for homes with more than one floor, houses with additions, or large homes with areas that are used at different times of the day. On two story homes, a zone system enables you to maintain even temperatures on both floors with only one unit. Without zone controls, you generally have to have two separate heat and A/C systems, or suffer with one area always being much hotter or colder than the other.
Another common use for a zone system is to purposefully maintain different areas of the home at different temperatures. For instance, during the day you may not want the bedroom areas as warm as the living room and kitchen. With a zone system, you could maintain the bedroom areas at 65 degrees, while keeping the living room and kitchen at a toasty 75 degrees!