Sensible Strategies For Designing Your Ducts

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Air ducts are an essential part of an HVAC system. Some ducts are installed all over the place and can have a negative impact on the efficiency of your HVAC system. These ducts will also take up unnecessary space in your home. Therefore, it is important to understand the essentials of good HVAC design to prevent this from happening.

Minimize Wasted Space

One of the keys of great duct design is reducing the amount of space that the ductwork will take up. This will free space for other things. Also, the further that the air must travel, the more that the air will warm up, eliminating the benefits of using AC.

Do Not Overheat The Ducts

It is important for the ducts to not pass through an area that is heated. This will also reduce the benefits of the ducts. For example, if the ducts pass through the roof, this area may reach 150 degrees during the summer, significantly higher than other areas of the home. If the ducts do not pass through conditioned spaces, the HVAC system will have to work harder in order to condition your home.

Make Sure Rooms Are Adequately Conditioned

The vents must be positioned in a location that ensures that the hot air reaches the ground where the people are. There are some vents that have been installed high up and the room remains uncomfortably cold because of the configuration. It is also important that the vents are placed in locations where there will be plenty of air circulation. 

Design Ducts When Your Home Is Being Built

Fortunately, air duct design is much easier thanks to computerized designs. By getting the exact dimensions of your homes, a computer can calculate exactly where air ducts should be placed. The best time to design your ductwork is when you are building your home. Then, you will have the flexibility to decide exactly how the ducts will be designed to be compatible with your home design. Sometimes, the ductwork cannot fit within the framing of the building. In this case, it is better to place the ducts in an interior space and to enclose them using soffits.

Centralize The Furnace

Place the furnace in a centralized location. This will allow for the heat to travel in a straight line to reach other parts of your home. Turns cause the air to move more slowly and this gives more time for the air to lose heat. For assistance, talk to a professional like A & E Heating and AC Inc.

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