Are some of your rooms too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter and stuffy all the time? You may be surprised to learn that your HVAC system isn’t the problem. You might have inadequate return air ducts. This is especially true if you live in an older home. Many older homes weren’t built to meet the needs of today’s high efficiency cooling and heating systems.
What are return air ducts?
Think of your HVAC system as a re-circulating pump. It pumps conditioned air into your living space and then draws it back into the system to be reconditioned. But for the air in your living space to keep moving, it has to get back to your HVAC system. That’s where return air ducts come in. They pull the air back to your HVAC system.
Where should they be located?
Nearly every room in your home should have a return air duct. Your bathroom and kitchen are exceptions, because the odors and vapors in these rooms shouldn’t enter your home’s air stream. When you have ample return ducts, efficient circulation will occur and keep your home comfortable.
What if I don’t have enough?
Without sufficient return air ducting, some rooms in your home, especially those upstairs, may get too hot. They can start to smell musty and stuffy. If you suspect your return air ducting needs improvement, consult with your HVAC contractor. He can evaluate your situation and make recommendations.
Return air duct work can be located in a laundry chute, a hall closet or a kitchen pantry. It can also be located in the attic, and the return air vents can be installed in the ceiling. If there’s no other way to do it, return air duct work can be located in the corner of a room and dry walled in.
Your contractor will probably have additional suggestions. The first step is getting an evaluation. Ask your HVAC professional to inspect your home and draw up a plan. For more expert advice on air circulation and other matters related to home comfort, contact the experts at CoolQuest. We proudly serve the residents of Pasco, Hernando, Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties in Florida.
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