Do you ever feel like your new heating and cooling system is just as inefficient as the old
one it replaced? With temperatures in Kansas City exceeding 100 degrees in the summer and dropping below 10 degrees in the winter, it is important to have fully functioning systems. Newer furnaces and air conditioners have an HVAC efficiency of up to 90 percent, but you aren’t getting the full benefit with an improperly designed duct system. The team at A+ Insulation helps break down the problems with old ductwork.
How could these hi-tech heating and cooling systems be as inefficient as a 1980s-era system? The loss of energy efficiency caused by leaky or collapsed ducts, stuck dampers, and non-functioning or dirty air intakes is costing you. Your ducts require more energy to maintain the desired thermostat temperature. This could be why your energy bills have been hundreds of extra dollars already this year!
Don’t Make Your Systems Work Too Hard
Optimal performance of the heating and cooling system can only be obtained through a well-designed and properly sealed duct system. A well-designed duct system will have an efficiency of over 80% leading to reduced cooling and heating costs and a more comfortable indoor environment.
Ducts are sealed with materials, such as caulk and tape, that eventually dry out. Once the seals dry out and lose their integrity, the airflow is impeded. This results in thermal loss due to cooled or heated air escaping through these leaks.
Your system could be losing 30 percent of the air that moves through your ducts due to leaks, holes, or improper sizing and connections. This forces the heating or cooling system to work significantly harder to maintain the desired temperature. Protect the longevity of your systems by making sure they don’t have to work excessively due to leaky ducts.
Breathe Easy with Upgraded Ducts
A healthier and more comfortable environment is possible with properly functioning ducts. Balancing pressure throughout rooms decreases temperature variance. Rooms stay closer to your desired temperature. Another benefit of properly designed and sealed ductwork is significantly improved air quality.
With upgraded duct work, your systems don’t have to work harder to compensate for the loss of heated or cooled air that escapes. Your home’s temperature won’t drastically vary room to room. You won’t have to worry about your system pulling in moldy and unhealthy air from attics and basements through the return ducts.
Save Yourself Some Money
When it comes to energy bills, where does your money go? During the hottest and coldest times of the year, significant extra energy is required to support the heating and cooling systems that are operating on a near-24/7 basis. As a result, there is a significant energy cost adjustment factor for energy drawn during this period.