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How Ductwork Affects Air Conditioning

Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 8:00 am

If you have a forced-air distribution system such as central air, then you rely on your ductwork to extract the warm air from inside the home and to circulate cool air throughout your living space. The importance of ductwork can hardly be underestimated. If they are in poor condition, they can be responsible for up to 30% of energy loss; this is a startling amount considering how much use your AC gets during the long hot Florida summer.  To learn more about ductwork affects your air conditioning in Melbourne, FL, call the experts at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today!

Let’s take a look at some ways your ductwork affects your air conditioning. Here are some common problems with ductwork that reduce the effectiveness and efficiency of your home cooling system:

  • Air leaks. Air leaks in your ducts cause air flow problems. No matter how well your ductwork was installed, if it is old and has undergone significant wear and tear over the years, it may have developed a few cracks, or loose-fitting connections. Even the most minor air leaks can disrupt your cooling. You may be paying to cool the inside of your walls or attic.  
  • Poor installation. If you bought a home that already had ductwork installed, then you may have not been able to choose who installed the ducts. Many duct problems arise as a result of poor installation. They may have been crimped or pinched during the process, or as a result of nearby home construction, and this cannot only significantly reduce your airflow and energy efficiency, it can also lead to indoor air quality issues.

For more information about how ductwork affects your cooling system, or to schedule duct cleaning, contact the Melbourne, FL air conditioning experts at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today!  


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