As a homeowner, you’re likely to think that your duct system is not as important as your heating and cooling equipment. But it is. That’s because a well-designed duct system can boost the efficiency and comfort potential of your HVAC equipment—significantly.
You see, your HVAC equipment relies heavily on your ductwork to deliver the heated and cooled air that it generates. If your duct system’s design is under par, your comfort and efficiency can be greatly hindered—no matter how efficient your system is.
To develop a well-designed duct system that will efficiently deliver conditioned air and boost your home comfort, it should:
- Meet the heating and cooling load of individual rooms, which is calculated using the Manual J method
- Be properly sized, using Manual D
- Minimize air leaks with a tightly-sealed system that keeps conditioned air inside of the ductwork
- Balance the return-air and supply-air portions of the duct system, so that the home remains at a neutral pressure
- Reduce temperature gains and minimize temperature losses as the air moves through the supply and return ducts.
- Install registers where they are not blocked by room furnishings
- Supply outlets located away from return outlets so air will not short cycle
- Utilize a return grille on each floor of a two-story home
- Plan for a return duct in rooms with doors
Provide adequate insulation for ductwork that runs thru unconditioned spacesWith these design principles in mind, your duct system can optimize heating and cooling equipment operations, boosting efficiency to expected levels and ensuring a comfortable home while minimizing hot and cold zones.Enlist the help of an expert to design your duct system for optimal results. Proudly serving homeowners in the greater Charlotte area for over 40 years, Acosta Heating & Cooling is happy to help you design a new system, or retrofit your existing one. Just give us a call today! With our expertise and expert training, you can rest assured that we’ll get the job done right the first time.