The Importance of Quality Ductwork for Your HVAC System Performance

Chances are, it would be extremely tough to find anyone in the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX, area who isn’t interested in how efficient their HVAC system is at different times of the year. With blazing hot summers and bone-chilling winters, the weather in Texas can be hard to predict, and having an HVAC system in good working condition is a vital part of daily quality of life. At Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating in Dallas, TX, our team of experienced HVAC system technicians understands how important it can be to have a system that is performing as efficiently as possible all year long.

The major factor in your HVAC system that many people don’t think is the fact that the “V” part of that acronym plays a key role in all of this. Your vents and your ducts connect air conditioners and heaters to outside air, which allows for the continued distribution of conditioned air. This ductwork is usually invisible, hidden behind a wall, under the floor, or even in the attic or in a crawlspace. So what happens if this aspect of your system is installed by an amateur or out of date to some extent?

Possible Duct Damage can Impact Your System Performance

If your ductwork has potential leaks, poor connections, or even if improper construction techniques were used during installation, problems can occur that result in poor system efficiency that will need to be repaired. One of the most common installation errors that result in faulty ductwork is the use of the wrong sized ducts.

Incorrect Duct Sizing Makes a Difference

If your air ducts were not properly sized for your air conditioner (or furnace system), you might immediately notice it because your air conditioner will probably be noisy due to airflow restrictions or blockages. Unfortunately, more than a few homeowners don’t seem to be worried by the noise, “that’s just the sound of my HVAC system” is the most common phrase people use. However, there is such a thing as a little too loud, and we want our customers, and readers, to keep this in mind. 

If your duct system is too large for space and the system in which it was installed, this will reduce airflow, which will produce uneven temperatures throughout your living space as long because not all openings can be reached. Studies show that the wrong size and dimensions can cause a cooling loss of up to 60% of your HVAC system’s potential performance. 

This, of course, is a major source of cost for energy consumption. This is a burden on your wallet and bad news for your air conditioner. You will have difficulty reaching the desired temperature on your thermostat. As a result, your HVAC system will age faster and fail faster than usual – resulting in a quick need to repair components such as motors, fan belts, and compressors. You might even have to replace your HVAC system years before you should need to update your system normally. 

Have a Professional Check Other Possibilities

A poorly installed duct system will certainly have a negative impact on your HVAC system performance, but poor installation is not the only reason why problems might occur in your ducts. These systems can be damaged by rodents or other small critters in various small areas of the home such as a crawlspace or attic. Also, there may be a need for periodic repairs or an inspection by a professional because even intense summer temperatures could have a harmful effect on your ducts if they are not properly insulated.

Ask Ellis Air Conditioning and Heating in Dallas, Texas to Check Your Ductwork

If you’re concerned about the performance of your HVAC system, or if you’ve got questions about how to properly care for the various components, then your best option is to work with an experienced technician. As one of the most trusted names in the HVAC industry throughout the Dallas / Fort Worth, TX, area our team is always ready to help residents or business owners with their maintenance and repair needs including ductwork inspections! Don’t hesitate to contact us right away to get started. 

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