Moving air efficiently
We all rely on a complex system of ductwork to deliver and route the hot or cold air throughout our offices. The ductwork in the majority of the homes and offices are simply snakelike tubes that weave around the hidden part of your home, and typically, because they are out of our immediate sight, are not considerred. If you dedicate no time or thought to your ductwork, you could go for years without realizing that there were major leaks or clogs in the system. These leaks and clogs wreak havoc on your utility bill, not to mention that it forces your air conditioning or cooling system to work much harder than it should need to.
There are a number of things that can be done to ensure that your heating and cooling system is running at its peak performance. Before anything can be done, the problem areas must be identified. This is where a dependable and knowledgeable contractor comes into the equation. An experienced technician will be able to make the rounds of your home and determine if you have any problems and how to fix them. It is possible that all you need to do is have the ducts and vents cleaned out. This can be thought of similar to the water pipe under your sink. As grime and debris builds up your sink seems to drain slower and slower until it does not drain at all. Once a plumber clears all of the debris, the water drains with no resistance. Using the same principle, your technician will be able to remove the dirt, dust, fungi, viruses and bacteria that are inhibiting flow through the ducts and vents. This accomplishes two main things.
- Firstly, the heating and cooling system does not have to work as long or as hard to force air through the ducts and vents.
- Secondly, you will no longer be blowing and spreading debris out of the vents throughout your home.
A couple of other issues can occur to cause you to lose a lot of the temperature that the heating and cooling system tries so hard to impart to the conditioned air. One of the main culprits is a scientific term called conduction. Most of the ductwork in your home is made up of thin metal. Metal is a great conductor of heat. As the heated air travels to the vents through the ducts, a lot of the heat is conducted through the metal and out of the ductwork into the outside air. This accounts for enormous loss of energy, but it can be fixed. Your technician will be able to install insulation around your ductwork to keep this heat, and in essence hard earned money, from conducting out of the ductwork. The other way that air can escape the ductwork before it reaches the vents is through leaks in the seals. Just as you would not allow water leaks in pipes, you should not tolerate your ducts to leak. The effectiveness of your heating or cooling system is directly related to the air seal you have throughout the system. Your technician will also be able to seal up any leaks that are causing loss.
All of the foregoing issues can cause you to spend a lot more money than you should have to, not to mention put your system at risk for premature failure. Give the experts at Reed Electric, the leading duct and vent service contractors in this area a call or send us an Email to let us give you a free estimate..