Which Type of Ductwork Is Best?

At General Air Conditioning, we offer a special service: custom duct design. Most people think of their ductwork as something static: one type fits all. However, this isn’t the case. Every home needs ducts tailored to fit its unique design, and there isn’t a pre-fabricated ductwork system an installer can simply drop into your home and hook up to an air conditioner or a heater. Ductwork consists of sealed passages where air from an HVAC system flows to vents without losing pressure. Once, all ductwork was made of sheets of galvanized steel, but now there are different options available. We’ll go over the major ones.

Please remember that making a choice about ductwork installation requires input from professionals. The Helotes, TX ductwork experts at General Air Conditioning can steer you to the best choice.

Sheet metal ducts: The old standard, and what most people think of when they hear the word “ducts.” (That, and movie action heroes crawling around inside them.) Most sheet metal ducts consist of 30 gauge galvanized steel. This type of ductwork is extremely durable, but it’s also the most difficult to install in a new building.

Flexible ducts: These sometimes work in tandem with sheet metal, branching off from the main duct like octopus arms to reach the vents. They are usually made from a folding plastic material with insulation surrounding it. The obvious advantage they have is adaptability to most spaces. Their drawback is that they are susceptible to leaks because of improper installation.

Duct board: This is the simplest type of duct. Essentially, duct board is fiberglass insulation with an outer protective foil or fabric layer. Although duct board isn’t strong and can damage easily, it does offer high insulation levels, weighs very little, and is inexpensive. Because duct board has exposed insulation on the inside, it can collect dust rapidly.

You will need ductwork installation experts to examine your home and determine which type (or types) of duct will fit best with the space in your house. The kind of HVAC system you have or plan to have installed will also affect the decision. At General Air Conditioning, our experience with custom duct design makes us an ideal choice to handle all your ductwork issues in Helotes, TX. Call us today for an appointment.

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