Now that the weather is starting to cool down, you should consider ways to prep your HVAC system for the winter. While your Homewood, Alabama, home won’t get to freezing levels, it can still get chilly outside, especially at night. Learn how proper duct insulation will improve your home’s overall comfort this winter as well as for the rest of the year.

Air Duct Heat Loss and Heat Gain

Your air ducts transport heated or conditioned air from your HVAC system to the air registers throughout your home. However, if your ductwork runs through unconditioned spaces in your home (i.e., the attic) these air ducts likely experience heat loss or heat gain.

Heat loss occurs when the temperature of the air flowing through the air duct is warmer than the air surrounding the duct; the heated air will give off some of its heat to the cooler surrounding air before it reaches your air registers. Conversely, heat gain occurs when the conditioned air in the ductwork is cooler than the surrounding air; the traveling air will take on the surrounding heat before reaching your air registers.

Benefits of Duct Insulation

One of the benefits of duct insulation is reducing the heat loss and heat gain in unconditioned areas. Duct insulation works to maintain the temperature of the heated or conditioned air as it passes through the ducts to your air registers. If your heated or conditioned air experiences heat loss or gain in the ductwork, your HVAC system will have to work harder to reach your desired indoor temperature. Therefore, duct insulation will improve your HVAC system’s efficiency.

Additionally, your overall comfort will improve because reaching your desired indoor temperature won’t take long when being heated or cooled by an efficient system. Duct insulation will also reduce noise levels in your air ducts, further improving your comfort. If you would like to improve your indoor air quality, you can also get your air ducts professionally cleaned to remove dust buildup.

Improve your HVAC system’s efficiency and indoor comfort through proper duct insulation. Call Skelton Heating, Cooling & Refrigeration today at (205) 289-3413 to insulate your ducts this fall.

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