You see ductwork in your crawlspace, attic, or other areas, but do you ever consider its significance to overall heating and cooling performance? Your air conditioning unit has three main components: an internal blower, the outside condenser, and internal airflow components. A heating system uses the internal blower along with ductwork to warm air as well. Ductwork consists of metal or fabric tubing which connects to both the main system and each register throughout a home or building. Newer homes are actually set up with an intricately designed ductwork system which provides maximum air flow, heating, and cooling efficiency. Older homes may not be able to have these designs incorporated. Unfortunately the setup may seem a little more chaotic to reach each space. However, a professional can ensure maximum efficiency in more restricted areas. In some cases, a heating and air conditioning system technician may suggest a different system or setup which can be more efficient. Understanding the purpose of this component will help you make better decisions during installation, repair, and for upkeep of your unit.
York Air Conditioning: What are the Differences between Tubing Types?
If your York air conditioning system requires ductwork for ventilation, it helps to know a little more about it. The tubing used can be circular, square, rectangular or even oval shaped. These shapes are found in more traditional metal tubing. Fabric ductwork does not consist of a well defined shape. The location determines whether rigid or flexible tubing are needed in your home. Room ducts branch off a main tube connected to the system. These may go into the floor, ceiling, or walls. Tube sizing can be determined by the amount of air needed to be supplied and the number of registers in the room. If ductwork is installed correctly, it can provide maximum cooling at an efficiency cost you can afford. Air ducts can be made from aluminum, plastic, or fabric. They are insulated with glass wool which is typically made of fiberglass materials. This insulation may also be blended with polyester fiber. The materials chosen will greatly depend on the space being cooled by your York air conditioning unit.
Aluminum tubing is covered by insulation prior to installation, is very lightweight, and the easiest one to install. Another available aluminum duct consists of insulated panels covered with aluminum which allows the entire support system to be installed as one piece. These types are highly efficient because they maintain temperature as it passes through to each location. Inflexibility can lead to them being used for the main duct only. Other materials are sometimes incorporated to reach each area. Flexible ductwork consists of a coiled wire coated by plastic sheeting. The tubing is then wrapped in insulation and coated with more plastic material. This design is easier to use around corners or other difficult angles. Unfortunately the tubing does not provide the same efficiency as aluminum designs. A technician will recommend the most efficient method during installation. A Bardi heating and air conditioning system professional can check this airflow component during regular maintenance if needed.