Ductwork is the heart of your air conditioning system. If you want a machine that will serve you efficiently and for long, you need to plan every part of the installation from the right machine to buy, the ductwork design and maintenance. If the installation expert makes mistakes in designing and installing the ductwork, they leave you with an ineffective AC unit.
You can make all these processes simpler when you hire a competent AC technician. Here are three guidelines that you should follow when installing a ducted AC system. They will help you achieve the best service from the system.
They Should Design the Right Ductwork Size for Your Home
Before designing the ductwork, your AC contractor should visit your home and assess your cooling needs. They should also consult with you about your cooling needs. AC professionals own a manual they follow in determining how large your ductwork should be for maximum efficiency.
You will have serious cooling problems regardless of your AC size if they ignore that manual and design smaller ductwork than your needs. Before hiring the contractor, ask them how they plan to determine what size of ductwork they will need. This will help also avoid having many maintenance and repair issues in the future.
They Should Position the Ductwork Elbows Optimally
The first rule of heating and air conditioning should be to hire someone who understands physics and airflow. Cuts and bends always disrupt the airflow. There's no perfect way to place elbows and eliminate disruption. The contractor can, however, minimize the bends. The ideal way to minimize them is by installing straight and long ductwork.
Also, they should avoid placing elbows anywhere near the entrance of the air into the AC and the exits.
They Should Install the Right Number of Return Vents
The return vents are the channels through which air from your home is sucked back into the AC system. If they are too few, you will not have enough air getting back into the system for cooling.
Talk to them about installing a good number of return vents because it increases the AC unit's efficiency.
These are simple guidelines that a well-trained and qualified AC contractor can follow. Choose a contractor with good reviews and a lot of experience in installation. They will help you design and install the ideal ductwork to support your unit. This way, your AC unit will also have a long life and be more efficient.
If you're interested in ducted air conditioning, talk to an HVAC contractor in your area.