In HVAC, ductwork is what called to the series of tubes that carry the treated air in the building. If you are installing a new heat pump or a central air system, then you have to ensure that the ductwork carrying your new AC matches the system. Because the air is flowing in these ducts, problems or leaks can almost immediately ruin the effects of the system as a whole.
When diagnosing or installing a system for the HVAC repairs, any experienced technician you’ll be talking to will first inspect the ducts. First of all, he will be looking at it, checking if the duct system matches the new air handler installed. Through this, it shows if there are problems like leaks that occur. Last but not the least, the ducts should be insulated and routed in a certain way in order to maintain optimal safety. Such procedure is being called by experts as checking the ductwork’s integrity.
An average residential HVAC system will likely deal with leakage issues at some point in time. So if you really want to save big on fixing the ducts, buying a newer and more improved system will be better. If for example that 20 percent of the air is leaking, the system will need to work twice as hard to treat the air leading to higher bills and possibly, expensive furnace repairs. For this reason, you should be open in asking the HVAC technician if they can also look at the status of your ductwork.
The HVAC system will need special attention in some places. In areas that have high humidity and flood prone, the ductwork should be water tight. After dealing with a flood, it is likely that you’ll have to buy a new insulation but if the ducts weren’t sealed, you may as well need to replace the ductwork and any other parts that were damaged by water.
As a way to ensure that the sealed ductwork maintains its efficiency, the HVAC expert you have hired has to install an insulation around. The insulation will serve as a protection to the interior of your house from temperature variations that are caused by cool or hot air flowing throughout. To counter this effect, there should be a vapor barrier installed between treated air inside and outside.
Like when choosing any other service provider in the industry today, the same principle applies when hiring an HVAC service provider; from asking for references, assessing their workmanship, doing background research on each of your prospect etc.