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A Well-Designed Duct System For Your Texas Home: 5 Objectives

Posted on: December 21st, 2012 by Jason Connell

well-designed duct systems fort worth arlington texasWhether you’re installing a HVAC system in your new Fort Worth and Arlington area home or you’re upgrading the system in an older home, a well-designed duct system is important for maximum comfort and efficiency.

A duct system is used to carry air from your air conditioner, furnace or heat pump to the areas in your house where you live. If your duct system is the wrong size or design to fit your HVAC system and home, you will lose both comfort and money. Badly designed ducts will deliver too much air in some areas of your home and too little in other areas. Not only are you uncomfortable with these results, but you also end up working your HVAC system more to compensate. This uses more energy that you pay for on your utility bills.

A well-designed duct system has five objectives: comfort, proper air distribution, economical installation and economical heating and cooling. Since the whole purpose of having an HVAC system and ductwork is to keep your home at a comfortable temperature year-round, a primary objective of a good duct system is to maximize your comfort. That means making sure that every room gets enough air to keep it cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. The supply and return, or uptake, of air also have to be balanced so that air pressure remains neutral throughout the house.

Correctly sized ducts will properly distribute air throughout your home. Ducts that are the wrong size, or that have too many bends that impede air flow, will force your HVAC system to work harder to meet your home’s heating and cooling needs. This in turn impacts the system’s energy efficiency, making it less economical to operate.

Another important component of a ductwork’s efficiency is sealing. Properly sealed ducts prevent loss of energy through air leaks and can improve your overall system’s efficiency by up to 20 percent.

For more information about how to achieve a well-designed duct system or any other HVAC matters, contact AirRite Air Conditioning Company. We’ve proudly served the Fort Worth, TX and Arlington, TX areas since 1955!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about well-designed duct systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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