No need to duck this question as if it’s only something the pros know. As a homeowner, you’ve got a clear view of how your ducts are doing.
Heating and cooling systems rely on ducts to move heated or cooled air among the rooms in your home. When everything’s working, you’ll be nice and comfortable wherever you are. But if your ducts are falling down on the job, it’ll create comfort inconsistencies that no amount of thermostat fiddling can fix.
In a typical home, leaks, holes or poorly connected ducts are trouble spots that waste about 20 to 30 percent of the air moving through duct systems. Though you might not spot the holes on your own, you’ll sure notice when all that air-loss adds up to higher energy costs.
The first signs you see will look something like the following:
- High winter and summer utility bills
- Rooms that are difficult to heat and cool
- Rooms that are stuffy and never feel comfortable
- Ducts located in an attic, crawlspace or garage
- Flexible ducts that are tangled or kinked
A well-designed and properly sealed duct system resolves these issues, improving comfort and energy efficiency, as well as indoor air quality and safety. If dust, insulation particles and chemical fumes enter leaky ducts and recirculate through your home, allergies and asthma symptoms may worsen. Similarly, leaky ducts could enable “back drafting” from gas appliances, drawing gases like carbon monoxide back into the living space instead of ventilating outdoors.
Duct work that hasn’t been sealed yet.
Remote-control of any home system with the iComfort Wi-Fi Flex Thermostat. The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex thermostat extends smart remote control capabilities to non-communicating equipment from virtually any manufacturer. “Because it’s Wi-Fi enabled, the user can manage the temperature inside the home from anywhere using their smartphone,” says Anubhav Ranjan, product management director. Homeowners can use the iComfort app to:
- Activate energy-saving Away Mode if they’re gone for an extended period.
- Adjust the temperature when they’re on their way home.
- Make real-time temperature adjustments from inside the home.
- Set up a seven-day schedule for automatic energy savings and comfort.
The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex also provides peace of mind through the system diagnostics. It sends alerts to the homeowner – and the dealer, if the homeowner chooses – when an issue needs attention. “The dealer can monitor the system remotely and catch issues before they become problems. That can help the homeowner avoid being stuck without cooling in the summer.”
The iComfort Wi-Fi Flex introduces homeowners to the benefits of Lennox’ smart equipment and saves them money by extending the life and increasing the efficiency of their current equipment. “It’s a good choice if their old system still has some life in it, and they can upgrade the other equipment later on.”
Article from “The Lennox News: The Official Newsletter from Lennox Residential” (Volume 72 Number 02 Summer 2016)
You’d be amazed at how may people assume “bigger is better” with a new heating and cooling system. The goal is more comfort and efficiency.
Your system needs to cover the area and be able to respond to the quality of the area. That is why units that are sized property are not based solely on the square footage of the house.
Bigger or smaller?
If the equipment is oversized for the area, it will cycle off and on more frequently, which can reduce the life expectancy while increasing energy consumption. And you could be inviting more moisture – and the mold that often comes with it.
On the other hand, when the equipment is undersized, the wear on its components and lack of efficiency can also lead to early equipment failure.
The Envelope, Please.
Your heating and cooling system is just one part of two systems that work together for your comfort. All the materials that surround your interior space are called the “envelope”. This envelope greatly affects the comfort and cost to operate your home. Combining the right amount and type of insulation, using effective air sealing techniques and installing the right windows can reduce energy costs.