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Do I Need Ductwork to Have a Central Air Conditioner Installed?

Ductless air conditioners are one of the latest HVAC trends, and they are gaining a lot of traction in the market. Many homeowners wonder if they can have a central air conditioner without ductwork, similar to a ductless AC system. Unfortunately having a central air conditioning unit requires the use of ducts to distribute air evenly throughout your home. 

But central air conditioning still has many advantages, even with the attached ductwork. If you are interested in central air installation in Woodbridge, NJ, give our team a call. In the meantime, you can keep reading to learn more about why central air conditioners need ductwork and why the system might be beneficial for your home.

How Does Central AC Work?

Most central air conditioners have a single intake grate where the system draws air in to cool. In some cases, you may have more than one grate for bringing air in. It’s also where your air filter is located. All air coming into your air conditioner gets filtered to remove some of the dust and dirt before it enters the system.

After that, the air blows across the condenser coils for cooling. This process removes heat from the air, lowers the temperature of the air so that it is cold, and also removes some moisture so your home is not too humid. After that, cooled air enters your system of ductwork to be evenly distributed through your home.

Pros and Cons of Ductwork

Ductwork is a great way to cool your home evenly. Air blows into the ductwork and then channels between all of the rooms of your home. But, there are also some downsides to ductwork. Primary complaints we receive from homeowners include having hot and cold spots in various rooms, lack of energy efficiency, and the space that ducts take up.

If you have a particularly small home, dedicating space to a network of ductwork can take up areas that you could otherwise use for storage. If you have a larger home, you may struggle with hot and cold spots if your ductwork is not laid out properly. Ductwork is known to be fragile, getting damaged easily. Holes in ductwork can cause cool air to escape and quickly increase your energy bills.

Taking Care of Your Ductwork

The good news is, all of the downsides to ductwork are situational. As long as you invest in air conditioning maintenance, your central air conditioning ductwork will serve your home well. If you notice hot and cold spots, give our team a call and we can reposition your ductwork to improve airflow. 

We can even install small fans in certain sections of your ductwork to help airflow move into areas it otherwise cannot reach. During an inspection, we can also make sure that there are no holes or broken seals that are allowing cool air to escape. It’s easy to repair or replace sections of ductwork to keep it in great condition and improve your home’s energy efficiency. 

Contact Scaran today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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