An efficient HVAC system involves well designed ductwork.
To get the maximum out of your HVAC system, it is important to keep the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment running at peak efficiency and to ensure optimum consumption of energy. An efficient HVAC system involves well designed ductwork. Whether you purchase new HVAC equipment or you plan to revamp your current ductwork, make sure the St. Louis HVAC technician you contract is well trained and follows best practices for ductwork design.
Correct Placing of the Ducts
The ducts are placed within the walls, roof, or floors. Ducts should not be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures that could erode the ducting and in turn reduce energy efficiency. If the ducts need to be installed outside or left exposed, they should be encased in R-8 insulation to reduce loss of energy.
Correct Sizing and Layout
Use a St. Louis HVAC technician to determine the heating and cooling load by measuring the area room by room. This will ensure that your ductwork design gives you maximum efficiency. Next, your HVAC technician can help you select the appropriate HVAC equipment and design the size of the ducts and their layout.
Use Quality Materials
It was common practice to use the cavities within walls and ceiling joists as temporary ducts. However, passing conditioned air through such channels has proved to be not only inefficient, but it also allows pollutants and contaminants to enter easily into the air supply. Ducts should be made of either sheet metal, fiber glass, or a flexible material, to ensure longevity of the HVAC ductwork.
For your HVAC system to function correctly and efficiently, neutral air pressure should be maintained. In order to achieve a balanced airflow, an accurate number of supply and return registers should be correctly placed to deliver and yield the same amount of hot or cold air uniformly.
Sealing, Testing, and Insulating
Your ductwork design technician should ensure that there are no leaks or lack of insulation that can cause reduction in the air quality. Duct sections should be attached with screws to avoid wasting energy. The joints and seams should be closed with fiberglass mesh and mastic as well. The technician should conduct tests for duct tightness and wrap the ducts in R-8 insulation.
Work with trained St. Louis HVAC experts from Hely Heating and Air Cond. Co. Call us today at (636) 305-9555 for an appointment.