Lots of people know that spending a little more on a high
efficiency air conditioning system now will pay off big in the long
run with lower energy costs, less upkeep and a higher level of
What most people donít realize is that their equipment is only part
of the solution. To fully feel the benefits of your investment, make
sure your ductwork is as well thought out as your HVAC unit.
Poorly planned or sloppily installed ducts can negate the energy
savings and cost reductions you are counting on. Joints that arenít
sealed properly can let a lot of that precious conditioned air
escape. As can old ductwork that may not be up to par with todayís
Even newer ducts, when placed in areas where temperatures can be
extreme (like attics), release a not-too-insignificant percentage of
that comfy air.
Well whatís a well-meaning homeowner to do?
Interestingly enough, some new homes these days are being built with
ductwork running through the conditioned living space. By
constructing an insulated zone between the ceiling joists and a
dropped ceiling, or between the walls mainly in the corners of a
room, ducts can exist in a area where any lost air would contribute
to the overall comfort of the home.
Of course you donít have to build a new house to improve the
efficiency of your ductwork. One thing you can look at is your
ductís configuration. A radial design, where air supplies and
returns have direct connections to the unit, or a trunk and branch
design, where supplies and returns branch off from a long ďtrunkĒ
directly connected to the unit, are best for most houses. If your
home has a different configuration, you might consider a conversion.
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