Your air conditioning system is only as good as its ductwork. It does not matter how highly your AC unit is rated for efficiency, if your ductwork has cracks, leaks, or debris within it. Duct testing is a great way to find out whether your ductwork is operating effectively. The process checks for not only leaks and cracks, but also insulation integrity and air loss. This ensures that you will cool your home efficiently all summer long. For comprehensive duct testing in Bryson City, NC, call Premier Indoor Comfort today!
Duct leaks can cause all types of problems. Leaks within the supply channel can allow your AC to cool your attic, wall interior, crawlspaces, or garage. This can also invite airborne pollutants, dust, insulation particles, and other debris into your indoor air. If you have a leak in the return channel, you may be inadvertently extracting hot air from the outside, causing extra work for your already taxed system. This can also create humidity problems. Because there is a certain amount of pressure necessary to the air conditioning cycle, leaks can also cause depressurization problems in the home.
How does duct testing work? The most common method of duct testing uses what’s called a blower door. This is a comprehensive whole home test, which measures duct leaks by pressurizing the entire home. Testing before and after your duct registers are sealed gives you an estimate of how much your ducts are leaking into the outside air. Your duct tester may also use a smoke puffer or a pressure pan to pinpoint leaks further. The other option for duct testing tests them more directly by temporarily installing a calibrated fan within the air handler that pressurizes the ductwork system itself and measures the airflow. It simulates the circulation of cool air, and can be especially accurate when performed correctly.
Ductwork faults are very difficult to find without professional testing. By inspecting your ductwork, you can then take the necessary steps to ensuring that your system is well prepared for the upcoming air conditioning season. For duct testing in Bryson City, NC, call Premier Indoor Comfort today!