Do you have an old, noisy duct system? Many homeowners feel a stinging irritation every time their air conditioning turns on with a clanging, obnoxious humming. Your aging duct system however, could be costing you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary energy waste. It’s true! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.” 30 percent! To avoid this exorbitant waste, here a few ways you can upgrade your old AC duct system.
#1: Going Ductless
You can easily avoid duct losses if there aren’t any ducts in the first place. With ductless mini-split air conditioning systems, you can circulate air throughout the house without the cumbersome space requirements of traditional duct systems. Many of these mini-split systems allow you to customize different temperatures between rooms, allowing the both the hot blooded and cold-nature folks to relax in comfort.
#2: Shrinking the System
Mini ducts take a much smaller, efficient approach to conditioning your home. With minuscule, flexible piping, pressure is multiplied and air circulated much faster throughout the house. The best part of mini ducts however, is that homeowners can either replace or expand upon their existing duct work. This is especially useful for those looking to extend air conditioning to an add-on room or garage.
#3: Radiant Heating / Cooling
This method is a little more expensive, but perfect for new property development and home renovations. Radiant heating and cooling systems utilize the natural rise of heat to circulate air throughout each room. Special tubing is installed into the floor and walls, making this HVAC model a great way to save space. If you’re thinking about installing new hardwood or tile floors on your property, it might be the perfect time to consider a radiant HVAC system as well.
All of these systems offer homeowners greatly improved energy efficiency for their HVAC model. If you’re curious about how you could upgrade your aging duct system, talk to one of our knowledgeable experts at478-781-9107.