What Are Air Ducts?
If you have a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) in your home then the air ducts are the conduits through which the air flows. Air ducts are the respiratory system of your house, and if they become dirty or clogged, they become less efficient and may present a health hazard to you and your family. The air duct system in your home is designed with a supply and a return. The supply is what distributes the heated or cooled air to the main trunk line. The main trunk line then transports the air to smaller branch lines. The smaller branch lines then transport the air to vents throughout the home where you feel the cooler or warmer air. Below is a list of common parts of your HVAC and air duct system:
• Air Handling Unit- The air handling unit is the part of the HVAC system that conditions and circulates the air. The air handling unit is most often a large metal box that contains parts like the filter, blower fan, heating coils, and cooling coils. The air handling unit is connected to the air duct system and distributed the conditioned air throughout the building.
• Air Supply Duct- The air supply duct is responsible for transporting conditioned air from the air handling unit to air vents throughout the building.
• Blower- The blower is responsible for creating a current of air.
• Compressor- The compressor is located in the air handling unit and is used to supply air at an increased pressure.
• Condenser Coil- The condenser coil is located in the air handling unit and is responsible for removing heat and cooling the refrigerant.
• Evaporator Coil- The evaporator coils are located on top of the furnace and are an essential component for cooling the air inside the building. As air flows across the evaporator coil, it is cooled, and heat is transferred from the air to the refrigerant.
• Fan- The fan is responsible for creating a current of air.
• Filter- The filter is an absorbent device that is responsible for removing impurities like dust and debris from the air as it passes through it.
• Refrigerant Filled Tubing- The refrigerant filled tubing is responsible for circulating the coolant from the air handling unit and the evaporator coil.
• Return Air Duct- The return air duct is responsible for transporting air from the conditioned spaces back to the air handling unit.
You can see how important it is to make sure your air ducts and all components of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system are because they are constantly circulating the air you breathe throughout your home. At Air Duct Cleaning in Minnesota, we want to make sure all residents are breathing in fresh air even during those cold winter days when you and your family are huddled inside your home. Call Air Duct Cleaning in Minnesota at (888) 449-9776 or visit our website to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff about scheduling your air duct cleaning today.