One of the most abused and overlooked parts of a heating and cooling system is the duct system. The Department of Energy estimates that the average system loses between 15-25% of its capacity due to the duct system. In our market, we find these numbers to be mostly accurate, but sometimes too conservative. For many years, our area has had no licensing or inspection requirements for HVAC installations resulting in poorly installed duct systems.
If you are building a new home or replacing a system in an existing home, you should demand a duct leakage test report after the system is installed. The best system will perform poorly with improper installation, and a basic system will perform satisfactorily with proper installation.
At Aire Solutions, we have the ability to test duct systems (and the entire thermal envelope of the home) to certify the air-tightness or lack thereof, and we can advise steps to take to alleviate any problems. We can custom build, rehabilitate or repair your duct system.