The flexible duct has revolutionized the HVAC industry. The emergence of flex duct meant that HVAC contractors could cut back on the amount of time and skill that it requires to install a duct system. Apart from that, the flex duct will cost significantly less than other kinds of duct systems and are easier to transport and store.
But just like any great product, however, the key to its great performance is appropriate installation. More often than not, flex ducts are not installed correctly, and they wind up bunched up, kinked, sagging, or undersized.
These problems could lead to increased resistance in the duct system, causing too little airflow getting to the heating and cooling equipment of the building. Too little airflow will reduce the capacity and efficiency of the system and that means that a few rooms might not get enough cool or warm air, leaving occupants feeling uneasy and comfortable.
There are several resources that teach contractors how to correctly install flex duct. Manufacturers provide guidelines and there is a manual that is referred to as “green book.” In this manual, you will know how to properly install flexible ducts.
The Issues With Duct System
With the popularity of flexible duct in the world of HVAC, it seems like everybody knows how to install it properly. So why are there so many issues that involve incorrectly installed flex duct? The main factors include cutting back on the costs, rushing through the job because of the deadline, and more. Plus, people are not getting the proper training on how to install flex ducts properly.
One of the most common problems when it comes to installation is setting up a duct that is too small. Another issue is an incorrectly joined duct system, which leads to leakage.
Flex ducts are valuable tools if they are used correctly. Using them correctly, like straight runs, tight, gradual turns, as well as correct hanging techniques, it could be a great way to boost the profit margins.
What Could Happen?
Although improperly installed flex duct could have the short term result of not giving enough heating and cooling Myrtle Beach to a space, there are several long term issues as well. Lower coil temperature is the result of an air conditioner that functions at less than expected airflow across its evaporator.
This will cost frost in the coil, which leads to more restriction to the airflow and result in more frost. This cause and effect will result in a loss of capacity and that means the thermostat will not be able to satisfy the cooling demand. Consequently, you will end up having a long run cycle that doesn’t improve your comfort plus a great waste of energy.
There is no reason why a flex duct should be installed incorrectly because the resources exist for everyone to learn the correct way of installing one. If care is taken when performing this kind of job, then the flex duct will operate seamlessly for several years.
Call DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc. for all your HVAC and ductwork related needs.
DuctWorks Heating and Cooling, Inc.
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North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582