The shock of skyrocketing resources bills may possibly have you considering
about improving your HEATING AND COOLING system…. and rightly therefore , because
there is not any chance the fuel costs are going to go lower.
The more modern heating and air conditioner devices are much more
efficient than older models and offer significant long-term strength
savings. The us government has decided that virtually any cooling devices
should have a SEER rating of at least 13 starting 5 years ago and this
is good, because a twenty-year unit may well have a SEER ranking of
only 7 or perhaps 8. Yet , for serious savings you should think about your
whole home as an energy taking beast that should be put on
a diet. This includes repairing air leaky windows and door closes
It does small good to replace an older HVAC system and expect
wonderful reduction in utility bills, if you don’t tackle the areas in which
you happen to be losing energy. HVAC afforable service can be very expensive and
the temptation can be to just install a new high efficiency furnace
and air-conditioning system and expect the best. In fact, the
reduction in utility bills might be disappointing because you may
include overlooked a serious player in the whole HVAC system….
like the ductwork.
A improperly designed, leaking and below insulated air ducting system
can easily waste 30 percent or more in the money you pay to operate your
heating and cooling system. and nullify virtually any gain you may realize
simply by installing a fresh high efficiency program. Many duct systems
will be poorly protected and leak conditioned air flow into un-conditioned
attics and crawl spots. I typically find turned off ductwork
during my home inspections.
Once ducts leak, conditioned weather can be required out unsealed joints
and lost. In addition , also un-conditioned air can be drawn in to
return ductwork through unsealed joints. Attic room temperature can be quite
high in the summertime and frosty in the winter…so, any attic room air that
enters any system through un-sealed duct joint parts will have to be
chilled in the summer and heated in the cold weather, this boosts the
load on your system and increases your power bill.
Remarkably an older residence may include a much better engineered duct
system than a fresh home and might only need a leak check and
efficiency upgrade. Modern homes on the other hand may be
client of price cutting actions and poorly designed duct systems.
The utilization of flex duct has grown in popularity because ease of
unit installation and the very high cost shop manufactured sheet metal ducts.
Flex ducts possibly installed effectively are a poor substitute for well
designed correctly insulated linen metal system. It is common
practice to make plenums and coil boxes away of documented together
Make sure to include an evaluation of your ductwork system in the
plans to upgrade your HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING system. You cannot find any use in strenuous
valuable conditioned air to the great outdoors through leaks and
worn-out duct insulation. If the duct program needs an overhaul,
you may want to consider a great velocity delivery system that uses
smaller PVC tube ducts. These high speed systems are
easier to install and insulate. The bottom line over a HVAC system upgrade
pertaining to maximum performance must include more than just the brand new equipment.
Don’t forget about the duct job and include it into your spending budget.