Your heating systems relies on ductwork to distribute heated air thought your home regardless if your home uses a heat pump or a furnace. Ductwork is vitally important to efficiently heating and cooling homes. Having the wrong size duct work, too big or too small, can adversely effect your heating and cooling efficiency. Ductwork that is too big for a unit decreases the force by which the air is forced through the ductwork. This results in air not being forced into the areas furthest from the heating or air conditioning unit. Ductwork that is too small can result in the unit working harder and running longer to reach the desired temperature.
Leaks in the joints of ductwork allow air to escape into areas that do not need the climate controlled. Leaks can decrease the efficiency by allowing conditioned air to escape into attics or crawls spaces. This means less conditioned air reaches the living area and the thermostat. The result is that the heating or cooling unit runs longer and more often to keep the areas at the desired temperature.
Ductwork that is inadequately sized, or leaks, will result in loss of efficiency, and that means loss of money. A unit that runs more often than it should will need to be repaired or replaced sooner than one that is set up correctly. Also the more it runs, the more it will cost you in utilities. Having a unit that is in good working order and efficient not only saves you money, but is environmentally sound as well. It decreases the need for energy consumption, use of chemicals such as Freon, and decreases the unnecessary over use of items such as air filters. All of these add up to savings for you.
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