Ductwork 101

October 15, 2019

Ductwork is one of the most important components of an HVAC system. As the vessels through which warm and cold airflow, HVAC ducts keep each part of the home at the desired temperature. The integrity of the duct system directly impacts the overall performance of the heating and cooling equipment. Designing Ductwork Total renovations and newly constructed homes require ductwork. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America outlined industry best practices for design in its manual. The manual extensively details how to design and install ductwork for maximum balance and airflow. Although these specifications are clearly defined in trade literature, some technicians erroneously ignore the guidelines and design ductwork solely based on the home’s square footage. Ductwork Materials Ductwork must be made of approved permanent materials. Most ducts are fabricated from lightweight sheet metal, although fiberglass flexible ducts have recently been gaining popularity. Flexible ducts can be easily maneuvered to allow for soft turns, which minimizes restrictions to airflow. Another advantage is that fiberglass ducts are also insulated. This makes them suitable for unconditioned spaces as the insulation will allow little heat gain or loss. Best Location for Ductwork Uninhabited areas in the home, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces,...

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How Are Ducts Sealed and Inspected?

April 17, 2018

Your HVAC system works hard all year long to keep your home comfortable. The more it runs, the more wear and tear your ducts will endure, and when ducts get loose or develop gaps and holes, the more will go wrong with your air treatment system. This coming summer is expected to be one of the hottest on record here in Burbank, California. Compromised ducts will lower the efficiency of your HVAC system and allow dust, dirt, and pests to spoil the air quality in your home. To remedy this, your ducts must be inspected and sealed by a professional. Certified Service can ensure your AC, Heat Pump, Furnace, Thermostat, Coils, Fan Coil, and other air treatment systems are in good condition. Here’s how duct inspection and repair are done. Duct Inspection HVAC professionals will check to see whether debris is flowing in or out of your air vents. Using a probing flash camera, they will open your vents and check for signs of vermin, debris, and dust that’s come from somewhere down the duct system. There will inevitably be some dust near the register. But the amount and type of debris will be used to determine whether or not...

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