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Ductwork Sizing & Resizing - Rick's Heating and Cooling

Ductwork Sizing & Resizing

Your ductwork moves the air throughout your home and has a huge impact on the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. At Rick’s Heating & Cooling, our technicians are fully trained, licensed, and certified to professionally and, more importantly, correctly size and resize your duct system.

Whether you are building a new home or addition or want to add ductwork to your current Ohio home, call Rick’s Heating & Cooling to ensure that your ductwork is perfectly sized and installed to help you maintain maximum energy efficiency in your home.

If you live in Morrow, Lebanon, Mason, Kings Mill, Maineville, or the surrounding Ohio areas, give us a call or contact us online for ductwork sizing and resizing!

Importance of Professional Ductwork Sizing

Ductwork should be properly sized for your home to ensure that your HVAC system is working at optimal energy efficiency. Ductwork that is too small or too large will make it difficult for your home to stay evenly warm in the winter and cool in the summer—and it’ll drive up your monthly energy bills.

Undersized Ductwork

Undersized ductwork causes your HVAC system to work overtime in attempt to push the cool or warm air through each of your vents. When your ductwork is too small, this can cause:

  • Premature rusting of the air handler
  • Motor failure
  • Compressor failure
  • Extremely high energy bills

When airflow is restricted in the summer, it can also cause your air conditioner to freeze over—something that would make Ohio summers even hotter!

Oversized Ductwork

When your ductwork is too large, your system might not be able to provide sufficient airflow to properly send warmed or conditioned air to each room in your home. Air can linger too long in the ducts and can cause inconsistent temperatures throughout your house. Oversized ductwork is not as critical of an issue as ductwork that is too small but should still be inspected by a professional HVAC technician.

Ohio Ductwork Sizing & Installation

Either way, if your ductwork is over- or under-sized it can cause your HVAC system to overwork itself in attempt to push air through your poorly sized ductwork. This can increase energy bills and cause your HVAC system to break down (and lead to costly repairs).

Our technician can inspect your current HVAC system’s compatibility with your energy needs and ductwork system to ensure maximum comfort and energy efficiency. We offer custom sheet metal fabrication and installation to design the best ductwork for your home and its specific needs.

Contact us today to schedule your ductwork sizing »

When to Schedule Ductwork Resizing

If you are building a new home, adding an addition, or think your HVAC system might not be running as efficiently as it can, you might need to resize your ductwork. Determining this need is an intricate profession, involving computing the size of your HVAC system, the square footage of your home, and the current state and size of your existing ducts. You should have an HVAC company conduct a load calculation and inspection to determine if you need your ductwork resized.

To schedule an inspection or get an estimate for ductwork resizing, call us today at 513-899-6005.

Duct Resizing FAQs

How do you size ductwork properly?

For the most efficient heating and air conditioning performance, ductwork should be sized according to the Manual D procedures developed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Factors like the square footage of your home, the airflow required in each room to maintain temperature, the output of your HVAC unit, and the friction losses of your ductwork must be calculated in order to determine the final sizes of the supply and return air ducts. It is a complex process that will require an HVAC professional to complete effectively.

What size ductwork do I need?

The size of your ductwork will depend on the output of your system, the size of your home, the airflow required in each room, and the friction losses of your air ducts due to restrictions like bends, joints, baffles, and grilles. While there are ways to calculate the duct sizes yourself, it is much better to work with an HVAC professional to ensure your heating and air conditioning systems will operate efficiently and offer the performance you need for year-round comfort. Our experts at Rick’s Heating & Cooling can size and install your ductwork properly for great performance at a fair price.

What are the effects of undersized ductwork?

Undersized ductwork can increase static pressure, which forces the HVAC system to work harder to deliver conditioned air to each room. Not only does this extra load increase energy usage and utility costs, but it can add unnecessary wear to the system and shorten its lifespan. Additionally, the airflow restriction can make your air ducts far louder during operation, and it could starve the heat exchanger in the furnace of the air required to cool it, leading to a cracked heat exchanger and a premature furnace replacement. Reduced airflow during the cooling season could prevent the evaporator in your air conditioner from absorbing enough heat, allowing it to freeze up and shut the system down. Finally, undersized air ducts could reduce indoor air quality, leaving your home humid, stuffy, and filled with airborne particles like dust, pet dander, pollen, and mold spores.

Do you have more questions about adductor sizing issues? Contact our team today for help anywhere in Cincinnati, Morrow, or the surrounding areas.

Ductwork Sizing in Morrow & Cincinnati, OH

Rick’s Heating & Cooling has provided professional and high-quality ductwork sizing and resizing services to the Cincinnati and Morrow, Ohio areas since 1986. To schedule an estimate, call us today at 513-899-6005 or contact us online. When you call, our technicians will schedule a two-hour time frame and call ahead so that you’re not waiting around all day for your ductwork sizing.