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How Air Ducts Help Your AC

You probably know about the role of duct work for your air conditioner, but do you know the ways ductwork can help your air conditioner? Ductwork has the potential to make a huge impact on how your AC operates, either positively or negatively.

This is why it is important to invest in duct services like duct cleaning, duct sealing and even air duct replacement when the time comes. You can keep reading to learn more about the important role your ductwork plays in air conditioning efficiency and what you can do to help.

The Purpose of Air Ducts

Air ducts are a way to channel conditioned air from your AC unit into the rooms of your home. But your ductwork does more than just that. The ductwork inside of your home has a completely unique layout that is designed to carry air to your home in a way that allows each room to be consistently cool. This means that you have a standard temperature across your entire home without any hot or cold spots.

Impact of Air Ducts

When your air ducts are properly sealed and have an efficient layout, they can have a huge positive impact on your air conditioner. Your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool your home because your ductwork is ensuring that all cold air reaches your home evenly. Your home will be cool and comfortable without your air conditioner having to overwork to achieve the results.

However, there’s also the chance for a negative impact. If ductwork is not laid out properly or has a lot of holes, your air conditioner will end up working a lot harder. Duct holes are the biggest problem that we see. You may not think that tiny holes in your air ducts make that big of a difference, but they really do. 

Losing just 1/5 of the air that your air conditioner produces can double your energy costs. This is because not only are you losing cool air, but your air conditioner is also having to work harder and use more energy. Aside from increasing your energy costs, air leaks can also shorten your air conditioner’s lifespan so that it does not last as long as it should.

Problems to Watch For

The good news is, you can stay ahead of air duct problems and invest in duct services that can make your air conditioner that much more efficient. You can hold your hands up to air vents around your home as a way of testing airflow. The air coming out of each vent should feel strong and cold. If you notice weak or lukewarm airflow from any room, call our team and let us know. We can troubleshoot and fix the problem, whether it is that your ductwork got out of alignment, or there are holes that need to be repaired.

Contact RKM Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule an appointment with us. Done Right, Priced Right.

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