What ductwork does for you

I am a true fan of the Three Stooges… The plots of their short movies often have them doing crazy jobs where they invariably ruin everything resulting in their “brand” of comedic chaos.

  • Apart from slapstick humor, the movies offer a glimpse into what life was sort of like in the 1940s.

A certain short movie titled “An Ache in Every Stake” features “The Boys” delivering numerous blocks of ice as was proper in that era! In a certain scene, “Curly” totes a giant block of ice up a rather lengthy staircase only to learn that it has melted to approximately the size of a little ice cube as he reaches the top. The amusing image of that ice shrinking reminds me of how inefficient the typical Heating plus Air Conditioning ductwork is in the average dwelling. Any AC’s efficiency is actually measured using the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), a ratio of the cooling output to the energy that is being consumed… Sadly, that cool output is further lessened as the air makes its way through the ductwork plus into your residing room or home office. According to many estimates, as much as 40% of the cool air produced is completely lost. The same percentage applies to sizzling air lost in that same ductwork system when the heating appliance is running at full crank. There is no way to get rid of heating or cooling losses in your ductwork however there are ways to actually minimize it. Excellent insulation is an obvious necessity to keep the conditioned air that you pay for inside the ductwork. Another step to take if you notice your energy costs going up is to have a Heating plus Air Conditioning professional look for leaks plus gaps in the ductwork. Keeping the ductwork perfectly clean plus free of debris plus dirt will also help get more usable sizzling or cool air to its actual destination.

 

What ductwork does for you