The Importance of Proper Insulation
Insulation is anything that forms a thermal barrier against the movement of heat. Standard insulation in a home (such as the fiberglass mats in an attic) stops heat moving through conduction (contact between surfaces) and convection (movement through air current), and it works in both directions. During hot weather, the thermal barrier stops heat from entering a cooled area. During cold weather, the barrier prevents heat from escaping a heated area. These properties help a house maintain energy efficiency and keep a family from spending enormous amounts to run an air conditioning system or heater to make up for heat gain or loss.
Ductwork Insulation for a Home
The ducts that transport heated and cooled air from a central heater and air conditioner are vital for distributing comfort throughout a residence. These ducts must have sufficient insulation along their length or it will create enormous strain on the system, no matter if the house needs heating or cooling. Without the right levels of insulation, heat will penetrate the ducts during hot weather and raise the temperature of the air coming from the air conditioner. The reverse will occur during cold weather, with heat escaping from the ductwork. With poor insulation along your home’s ducts, you will end up paying high costs to keep your home comfortable.
Most ductwork today comes with insulation built into it, such as fiber glass duct board. Older ducts can receive duct liners and wraps to more effectively trap and repel heat. Duct insulation can also decay over time and require replacement. Whether your home needs to have new insulated ducts installed, old ducts provided with insulation, or repairs for aging ductwork installation, you must contact HVAC experts to take care of the service. Improper insulation placed onto a ventilation system can lead to additional problems, and inexperienced work might even cause ductwork damage. Rely on experts like our experienced team at AAP Home Services.