Properly installed vents and ductwork can help keep you and your St. Louis family comfortable and healthy.
Ductwork and vents also play a significant role in keeping you comfortable inside your home. If ducts and vents are not installed properly, you and your family might be exposed to health risks.
Common Ductwork Problems
- Inefficient air distribution: – Duct and vent installation is a complex task that should only be entrusted to an experienced HVAC company. If the installation is not handled properly, the efficiency of your HVAC system will be negatively affected. The US Department of Energy reports that a vast number of the American homes have an air distribution system (ductwork), which operates at a capacity of only 60-75%, or even less. This means that most people get less cooling and heating than what they are paying for.
- Pressure imbalance: – If the ducts are leaky, it can lead to pressure imbalances which in turn will draw the outdoor air into your home and force the conditioned air outdoors. Pressure imbalance can also cause back-drafting of lethal carbon monoxide (emitted by fuel-burning appliances such as the gas heaters and the wood stoves).
- Poor indoor air quality: – When there are leaks in the ductwork, they allow for the contaminants (such as molds, bacteria, and some common allergens) to thrive in the piping system. These contaminants expose your home to unhealthy air distribution which in turn can aggravate a number of illnesses including respiratory problems, allergic rhinitis, infections, and chronic headaches, among others.
Duct and Vent Installation
- ACCA Standards: – When planning the ductwork installation for a new home or as a retrofit for an older home, you should opt for a system that has been designed to the specifications of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) standards, or other equivalent standards.
- Get reputed professionals for installation: – Installation of the ductwork should be handled by a reputed and reliable contractor. Professionals use the very best and up-to date practices to maintain the system’s mechanical integrity.
- Sealing: – The air distribution system and the furnace should be completely sealed against any leaks. Extra attention should be paid to the connections and joints.
- Location: – For new construction, it is important to ensure that the ducts are located in a conditioned space whereas in the case of a retrofit, you should ensure that the ducts are appropriately and properly insulated.
Duct and Vent Repair and Maintenance
- Cracks and leakages: – Dark spots on the insulation of the ductwork are an indicator that the ducts are in need of repair, or replacement.
- Rodents and insects: – They can have adverse effects on your air distribution system and counter measures should be adopted to get rid of them.
- Dust: – Duct cleaning can be justified in the cases of visible dust particles, or other debris, released into the indoor environment from the ductwork.
- Growth of Molds: – the ducts should be cleaned, or replaced in the case of occurrence.
- Replace or repair the rusted, torn, twisted, or crashed pipes: – Depends on the severity of the damage.
- Inadequate heating or cooling: – Install a second vent, with a flexible air duct, in the room(s) in your house that is not receiving enough conditioned air.
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