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The Problem with Improperly Insulated Ducts

The ductwork in your home is important. The insulation in your home is important. But do you know how important having the proper amount of insulation for your ductwork is? This is something that homeowners often don’t consider, but poor insulation on the ducts that are responsible for circulating heated and cooled air around a home can have an extremely negative effect on comfort and especially energy efficiency.

If you suspect that you have ducts with poor insulation, or if you need new ducts installed that will have the correct level of insulation, you only need to give Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. a call today. We offer duct insulation in Farmington, NM that will take care of your needs for better comfort and energy savings.

Why duct insulation is so important

To grasp why insulation on ducts is key, picture the extent of your HVAC system, particularly the “V” part (ventilation). The ducts that move through your house are mostly hidden from your sight, but they are extensive, moving through walls, ceilings, the attic, sometimes the garage and basement. That is a great deal of distance for heated and cooled air to travel to reach the room vents, and as the air moves, it will start to either gain or lose heat through the walls of the ducts. It’s impossible to avoid some energy loss during this process, but you want to reduce it to a minimum.

Now consider some of the places where ducts are located, and the difference in temperature in those locations. During a warm New Mexico summer, the attic can grow incredibly hot. Ductwork that moves through here can take on immense heat, and without a layer of insulation to prevent the heat from getting through, it will cause the air conditioned air inside to turn warmer. You will end up with air that isn’t cooled as well as you would like, and the AC will have to work harder.

The same applies during cold weather. The space between walls doesn’t receive heat, and the low temperatures there will allow the heated air inside the ducts to escape to the outside. As result: colder air in your rooms, and an overworked heater in general.

You shouldn’t attempt to insulate your own ducts. This is a specialized job that requires technicians who know the exact type of insulation to use and how much of it is necessary. They can also easily access the ducts without causing damage to your home. If you home is struggling with comfort and energy efficiency during both hot and cold weather, call on Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to check on your duct insulation in Farmington, NM.

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