Did you know that cracked and leaky ducts is one of the top sources of energy-waste in your home? The U.S. Department of Energy states that, “Duct losses can account for more than 30% of energy consumption for space conditioning, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space such as an attic.” Considering the fact that your A/C system consumes almost half of the energy your home uses each day, those duct losses can get expensive quickly. Thankfully, there are new energy-saving ways to replace your aging duct system. Here are three of the best on the market.
Mini-Ducts: Smaller is Better
What’s so great about mini-ducts, is that you can use them to expand your existing duct work, or just completely replace your old system. Mini-ducts, as the name suggests, utilize much smaller tubing to distribute air quickly throughout your home. Little space is required to install this very durable tubing, making it a perfect way to take back some space in your home.
Mini-Split HVAC System: Going Ductless
One of the simplest ways to avoid duct losses is to get rid of all the ducts. Mini-split systems utilize wall mounted technology to offer air conditioning without the need for an expansive duct system. Consumers that choose this system can enjoy customizable temperatures from room to room, making it a wonderful way for hot and cold-nature people to stay comfortable.
Radiant Heating/Cooling: From the Ground Up
This system is perfect for new housing or homeowners looking to renovate. Radiant HVAC systems are installed beneath the floor and walls; they use the natural rise of heat to cycle air throughout each room. Some radiant systems have temperature controls to alter temperatures in separate rooms. While this system has a higher starting price, the energy savings are enormous.
Which system might work best for your home? For more information about replacing your duct system, talk to one of our experts at Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc.. Call(828) 229-2727.