Types Of Ductwork

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Ductwork is one of the least visible parts of your HVAC system that serves the important purpose of air distribution.  As a homeowner, you may need to replace or upgrade the ductwork to keep your HVAC system running efficiently.  The most common reasons for replacing and upgrading ductwork are

  • Damage to the ductwork that cannot be repaired
  • Upgrades to your HVAC system
  • Replacing outdated ductwork with modern alternatives
  • Home remodeling

If you are building a new home, you will need to select ductwork for the HVAC installation.

How Do I Know If My Ductwork Needs To Be Replaced?

Your HVAC system gives subtle signs that the ductwork may need to be replaced.

  • Slowly rising energy costs
  • Reduced indoor air quality
  • Uneven temperatures throughout the home

And Services technicians are specially trained to diagnose problems that are related to your ductwork.  Our ductwork evaluations include

  • Visual inspections
  • Air flow measurements
  • Ductwork blower test

We may find that your ductwork needs to be replaced due to

  • Original Home Construction Design Unfortunately, some homes in Florida are built with the least expensive options for the HVAC system, including the ductwork. In as little as 10 years, your ductwork begins to deteriorate.
  • Higher Efficiency Alternatives As HVAC systems have evolved to be more energy efficient, ductwork has also changed over the years. We may recommend replacing your ductwork with a higher efficiency alternative to help reduce energy use.
  • Incompatibility with HVAC Equipment The HVAC system and ductwork in your home must be compatible in capacity. When the ductwork is not replaced at the time of new HVAC system installation, your ductwork may not be designed to handle the capacity of the new equipment.
  • Normal Wear and Tear Like other parts of your HVAC system, the ductwork has a limited lifetime.

Types of Ductwork

Distributing air throughout a residence is achieved by using several types of ductwork.  Some home builders save money by using the natural design spaces in the home, such as what is found between the joists and studs.  Although the air flow channel is tightly sealed, the friction of air flow against the wood reduces efficiency.  And Services recommends that your home be fitted with high-efficiency ductwork to extend the life of your HVAC system and keep your utility costs within your budget.

Flexible Ductwork
Non-metallic materials that are reinforced with wire
Round shape
Excellent for areas with existing framing and structures, as well as smaller spaces
Can be used in areas that require longer lengths of ductwork
Less potential for leaking

May leak at joint between flexible ductwork and sheet metal ductwork

Sheet Metal Ductwork
Galvanized steel
Round or rectangle design
More durable than flexible ductwork
Does not tear or puncture easily

Not recommended for areas that require a complex ductwork layout
May leak at points where two sections are joined

Fiberglass Duct Board
Promotes efficient air flow

Limited applications

Contact And Services to schedule a professional evaluation of your ductwork and HVAC system.