In HVAC, ductwork is what called to the series of tubes that carry the treated air in the building. If you will be installing a new heat pump or central air system in your house, then you must be certain that the ductwork carries your new AC is par with the system. Since the air flows in these ducts, any problems or leaks can instantly ruin the effect of the entire system.
It is almost always the ducts that will be inspected when installing or even diagnosing the system for executing HVAC repairs. First things first, the technician looks at it and check the duct system if it matches the new air handler it is installed. It can help them determine if there are any issues similar to leaks. Last but not the least, the ducts should be insulated and routed in a certain way in order to maintain optimal safety. This procedure is also known as checking the integrity of the ductwork.
An average residential HVAC system will likely deal with leakage issues at some point in time. So if you really want to save big on fixing the ducts, buying a newer and more improved system will be better. If for example that 20 percent of the air is leaking, the system will need to work twice as hard to treat the air leading to higher bills and possibly, expensive furnace repairs. For this reason, you should be open in asking the HVAC technician if they can also look at the status of your ductwork.
In some places, the HVAC system requires special attention. In areas that have high humidity and flood prone, the ductwork should be water tight. After dealing with a flood, it is likely that you’ll have to buy a new insulation but if the ducts weren’t sealed, you may as well need to replace the ductwork and any other parts that were damaged by water.
Your chosen HVAC company and technician has to install an insulation around to be able to maintain efficiency of the sealed ductwork. The insulation will serve as a protection to the interior of your house from temperature variations that are caused by cool or hot air flowing throughout. Between the treated air inside and outside, there has to be a vapor barrier installed which will counter this effect.
While you are making a decision on which HVAC service provider to hire, it is crucial to spend time doing research from their workmanship, their achievements, things that past customers say, reviews, references and so on.