Ductwork is Key Component in HVAC Efficiency

HVAC ductwork is like the bench player in a basketball game that no one talks about until he’s needed. Or the offensive lineman with the name no one knows until he commits a holding penalty. In the world of heating and cooling, everyone talks about the fancy new A/C, efficient heat pumps, and air handlers with powerful fans and motors. But if there are problems in the HVAC ductwork, all that efficiency could go down the proverbial drain.

Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric reminds you spring is a great time to have one of our technicians check out your air conditioning ductwork before the hot weather arrives. An inspection can determine if any duct repair or replacement is needed. A lot of uncool things can happen to your ducts over the winter, including rodents setting up housekeeping.

Here is the point we are trying to make: Ducts with leaks or uninsulated ductwork in places like attics and crawl spaces can waste an enormous amount of energy. When conditioned air escapes, it’s not being delivered to the living areas in your home. As a result, your A/C or furnace has to work harder to keep the house comfortable. Armstrong often finds the problem can be traced back to an improper HVAC ductwork installation. There may be kinks or sharp angles restricting airflow, or in some cases, the wrong size ducts were installed.

Here’s what we can do to help. Our Armstrong technicians can test your ducts for airflow issues including leaks, excessive temperature loss, and even check for proper insulation. When we find problems, we will suggest the best way to correct them. Unlike many HVAC companies, Armstrong has employees who specialize in sheet metal fabrication in the shop, and others who specialize in sheet metal work in the field. With their expertise, we can solve just about any ductwork issues we find.

When it comes to heating and cooling your home, the components have to fit together like the glove on your hand. Armstrong wants you to invest in the most efficient HVAC systems you can afford. But if you ignore your ducts, you may never get a full return on your investment. If you recently had a heating or cooling system replaced and feel like you should be seeing more savings on your monthly bills, don’t blame the air conditioner or furnace until you’ve had your HVAC ductwork checked out. Call Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric now to schedule your inspection.