For many decades, most homes were built with a ventilation network of ducts to accommodate air conditioners and forced-air heaters. However, there are still houses that contain no ductwork at all because they rely on electric baseboard heaters, fans, or window ACs. If you have a ductless home that you want to convert over to a central air conditioner or forced-air heater that requires ducts, you’ll have a large job ahead of you to install ductwork…
…except that you shouldn’t be the one doing this job. For ductwork installation service in Wellington, FL, call up Astro Air Inc. or another ventilation specialist to handle this complex work. A ventilation system can make or break an AC or heater: poor work will lead to leaky ducts and inefficient airflow, which will reduce comfort, make utility bills skyrocket, and lead to numerous repairs. Leave this job in the hands of professionals, and it will be done quickly and correctly.
What Happens in Ductwork Installation
The installers will first inspect your home and formulate a plan for the ventilation system. They must decide how best to fit the new ducts within walls and floors that were not originally designed for them. Finding space is often a creative endeavor for the installers, since they must place the ducts where they will not be visually obtrusive. Sometimes, ducts must be placed along the ceiling or walls, but the installers will make them merge into the décor as much as possible.
The planning of ductwork also involves assessing insulation needs; the location where the ductwork must run can either be colder than the rest of the house or hotter, which can lead to heat gains and loss that will adversely affect HVAC performance and may damage the ducts.
The installers must decide on the best duct material to use: sheet metal, flexible plastic, ductboard. For new installation in a house without much ventilation shaft space, flexible ducts are usually the best.
Once the installers have a detailed plan and all the material (most ductwork is pre-fabricated), they will start laying in the main trunk line that connects to the air conditioner/heater’s cabinet. Placing any of these ducts within walls will involve removal of drywall. The branch supply ducts will attach to the trunk line, and the installers will attach them to vents excavated into the walls. The installers will also create return air vents to bring air from the home back into the air conditioner/heater. With all the ducts in place, the installers will then fit new drywall over the sections that were removed (if the job required drywall removed) and then paint over them.
The size of the job needed for your ductwork installation in Wellington, FL will vary depending on your home. Call Astro Air Inc. today for an appointment with our ventilation experts; they will be able to give you a good idea of the work involved for your project and how they can best fit your house with the ductwork system that will work effectively and efficiently.