It is not just how well your furnace system works that predicts home comfort and energy savings; your home’s duct system is just as critical because it works to deliver conditioned air all year long throughout your entire home. When there are deficiencies in its design, you’ll notice right away.
Design that enhances efficiency
Experts have found that most home duct systems can perform under par by as much as 75 percent, so looking at design can net positive results. Not only can assessing your duct system save you money on a monthly basis, an efficient system can often mean that you can use a smaller heating system, reducing the purchase price of your next system.
So just what should an efficient duct system do?
- The ducts should evenly distribute conditioned air into every room in your home, helping to avoid hot and cold zones.
- The duct system should be sized to allow for enough airflow through the heating system.
- The system itself should be thoroughly sealed to prevent energy losses, ensure airflow and enhance indoor air quality.
- The balance of the duct supply and return system should be equal, so that the home has adequate pressure.
- The system should maintain a consistent temperature for the air it holds — starting from the location of its creation all the way to the farthest room of delivery. The same goes for the conditioned air’s return trip back through the heating system.
Maintenance that impacts efficiency
One of the best ways to maintain your duct system is to evaluate its seal regularly. This single action will help to keep as much conditioned air as possible inside the ducts, so that all the rooms in your home receive warmth. Another maintenance step you should do is to keep supply registers unobstructed. Commonly located on the floor or lower wall, these registers are easy to inadvertently block with furniture or curtains.
At Air Assurance Heating, Cooling & Air Quality, we’ve been serving homeowners in the Greater Broken Arrow area for more than 30 years, and we are happy to help you assess and maintain your duct system to maximize home comfort and energy savings.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about duct systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.