November 21, 2017

installing ductwork

A lot of planning goes into renovating your home or building a new home from scratch.

When it comes to HVAC, the way that your home system impacts not just with energy flow and eliminating cold or hot spots, but also your overall energy bills over time. Putting a lot of thought and planning into things like the size of your ductwork and your furnace might not seem like a big deal, but it is.

Why Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor?

The best way to determine the size of your ductwork and your overall HVAC system is to hire a professional St. Louis HVAC contractor who has a lot of experience and a good reputation. The HVAC contractor should be involved from the beginning stages of the drawings and building plans to ensure that all matters are taken care of, including insulation, window placement and how much heating and cooling each room will need according to the size of the room and the furnace output.

Taking all things into account, an HVAC contractor will be able to determine the individual size of the ductwork leading to various rooms in the home and what size the furnace will need to be to accommodate the entire house. Since things like sun exposure and placement of rooms all play into the overall plan, devising an efficient system is a lot more difficult than it seems.

What is Static Pressure and Why it’s Important?

Your HVAC technician will also have to think about something called “static pressure.” This is the amount of resistance that the airflow has when it travels from the ductwork to the furnace and back. If the duct is too long or it bends, then there will be more resistance created in getting from one place to the next. So if you don’t set up the ductwork correctly, air is no different from water — it flows to the path of least resistance. If you don’t plan appropriately for the flow of air through the ducts, you are going to have spaces in your home that will get more air than others, creating huge temperature imbalances.

Should You Use More than One Furnace?

Another consideration you will want to talk to your HVAC contractor about is the potential to put more than one furnace in your home to maintain and improve energy flow output. Instead of draping ductwork from one end of the house to the other with a lot of twists and turns to the second floor, it might be more cost and energy-efficient to consider two furnaces that are more strategically placed.

The HVAC system can sometimes seem like an afterthought in your home’s overall planning, but it is very integral to the planning of your home. Since it is a big component in making your house run more efficiently and for less money, make sure that you hire the best St. Louis HVAC contractor to design a home that runs without the cold and hot spots that can put a damper on both your comfort and your wallet.

Scott-Lee Heating Company

For more than 35 years, Scott-Lee Heating Company has been dedicated to providing you with the highest quality and most energy-efficient heating, air conditioning and geothermal systems available. It is our commitment to excellence, however, that sets us apart from the competition.

Call us today at (314) 200-0788 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.