Which type of air conditioning ductwork is the right choice for your next project? You're ready to upgrade or install a new AC system. But your home needs more than just the central unit and compressor. Before you hire an HVAC repair company for this job or agree to an estimate, take a look at what you need to know about the most common types of residential air ducts and your AC project choices.
What Are Rigid Ducts?
Did an AC repair and installation technician recommend rigid ductwork? Do you want to know more about this option before you select a duct type? As the name implies, these ducts are rigid—or hard. Even though these ducts won't bend around corners or easily fit into awkwardly-sized spaces, they are strong, durable, and won't tear or leak easily.
Rigid ducts are often made from sheet metal materials—such as aluminum or galvanized steel. While solid sheet metal is a popular material, some types of rigid ducts are made from fiberboard (compressed fiberglass) exterior and interior coatings or fiberglass insulation.
What Are Flexible Ducts?
Rigid ducts are popular picks. But these aren't your only options. If you need ducts that zig and zag throughout your home or are lighter weight, consider flexible ductwork. These tube-shaped ducts are typically made from a bendable plastic or vinyl, a reflective layer, and an inner metal rib that holds the tube-type of shape in place. The ability to curve or bend this type of duct reduces the need for multiple joints. This may decrease air leaks and increase efficiency.
Can You Combine Ducts?
Most homeowners can combine the two types of ductwork. This is one way to create a long-lasting duct system that fits inside of the walls or other interior spaces. A qualified contractor can help you to understand the benefits of this option for your home and make sure the duct types meet the local building codes.
Who Should Select and Install AC Air Ducts?
Home system knowledge is important for any homeowner. But this doesn't mean you should take a do-it-yourself approach to duct selection and installation. Even though you may know the basics, you will still need help from a professional who has the experience, expertise, equipment, and insurance to get the job done safely, effectively, and in a way that won't result in extra expenses.
A DIY air duct installation job could cause leaks, force your system to work harder than it needs to, or fail prematurely. Avoid these potential risks by hiring a professional service. A licensed, qualified HVAC service contractor who has experience with duct installation can help you to choose between rigid, flexible, and combination options, plan the duct's path, and place the ducts correctly.
Contact an HVAC service to learn more.