Things You Need to Know About HVAC Ductwork

28 February 2020

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) ductwork is one essential aspect in construction that many people usually disregard. Many residential and commercial property owners usually overlook this installation unless certain issues in its installation are generally felt by their occupants. Below are things you need to know about HVAC ductwork.

HVAC Ductwork Basic Function

A ductwork system is designed to distribute airflow from your HVAC equipment to your entire home or commercial building. In simpler terms, the air from the entire building is sucked into either the air conditioner or heater wherein it is either cooled or heated and latter distributed through the air ducts of the living space.

You will know the efficiency of your HVAC ductwork by observing the intake and output of the air in the building. A non-functional and poorly-designed HVAC ductwork is guaranteed to mess up the condition of both the HVAC system and air pressure as well as its exchange.

Importance of Proper HVAC Ductwork Installation

Ensures Comfort through Good Insulation

Properly-installed ductwork helps to keep the home comfortable because it effectively regulates the temperature in the entire home. However, shoddy installation creates numerous problems. Seams between duct pieces are sealed using an aluminum tape while ductwork is separated from areas like crawl spaces and attics with insulation.

Prevents Air Leakage

If any of the HVAC ductwork issues are appropriately handled, air leakage occurs. This makes the system inefficient, and the quality of air will be poor. It could also lead to the failure of the entire air conditioning or heating equipment, which is even more costly.

Matches HVAC Ductwork to Equipment

Another aspect that needs to be considered when installing ductwork is the sizing. The ductwork’s size should match the size of the air conditioner and/or heater so as to ensure the operation is very efficient. Ductwork installation experts should be capable of matching the equipment you are using to the duct system for a solid fit.

Guarantees Durability

The pros can also fine-tune the ductwork for comfort, longevity and optimal efficiency. This is known as balancing; a process where the dampers located in the ducts are adjusted to make sure that the required amount of air flows into each room.

Importance of Proper HVAC Maintenance

The quality of air in your home or commercial building is essential. Keeping pollen, dust, pet dander or other types of irritants from the air you breathe in encompasses more than simply changing your equipment’s air filter. Regular cleaning of your HVAC ductwork is a vital part of ensuring that your family is healthy and the residence is clean. Below are some hazards you can avoid with proper HVAC maintenance.


Mould is hazardous to your family’s health. It can aggravate or cause health problems like asthma and allergies. An odor that seems like dirty socks can indicate the presence of mold somewhere in your HVAC system.

Duct Clogs

Dust and other particles can clog your ducts, causing your HVAC equipment to work less effectively.  This can also cause health issues.

Poor Efficiency

If you have clogged air ducts, your unit will be forced to work harder to sustain the required temperatures in your residence. This results in an inefficient unit and high utility bills.

Ensure proper handling and care for your HVAC ductwork by consulting Metcon. We can fabricate all different types of air conditioning components, insulated as per your requirements including V boxes, return air boxes, return air plates, linear slots, EVAP droppers, pipe covers, flashings, ducting components, and transitions.

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