If your home is cooled by a central air conditioner, your cool air is supplied through ductwork. So how inefficient is your ac system without the proper installation and insulation of ductwork? These tips will help you improve the quality of your air and the efficiency of your system.

The Basics

Ductwork is the channels through which your cool air is supplied and your warm air is returned to the system for cooling. Naturally, there are two types of ductwork for these actions: supply ducts and return ducts. Supply ducts carry the cool air to your vents or registers for distribution throughout your home. Your return ducts draw in the warmer air and send it to the ac unit so it can be cooled and redistributed.

Unfortunately, if your ductwork is riddled with holes, leaks, or poorly-sealed connections you could lose up to 20-30% of the air moving through these ducts, as estimated by the EPA. Heated or cooled air can also be lost naturally through the metal of the ductwork when not properly insulated.

Higher energy bills, uncomfortable indoor temperatures, poor air quality, and even damaging leaks will likely occur unless your ductwork is repaired and insulated.

Need a Repair?

You can conduct a quick home inspection following these tips to see if you may have a duct-related issue. If you suspect you may need a repair, or even some simple routine maintenance, call the professionals to schedule an appointment for consultation.

If an air flow test or other ductwork inspection reveals an issue, the professionals are licensed, insured, and have the proper tools and experience to repair it. This is not a DIY or easy fix, but the professionals can identify and repair ductwork quickly and efficiently. This is one of the best repairs you can make to your system because it will pay for itself with energy savings alone. Not to mention the better air quality and temperature control for your home, which will in turn benefit the entire system.

For more tips on whether to upgrade or replace your central air conditioning or ductwork, contact us at AC express for our advice. We serve your heating and cooling needs in Winston Salem, Clemmons, Lewisville, Advance, and surrounding communities in the Piedmont Triad.

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