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Understanding Ductwork & Ventilation Systems


Homeowners rarely think about the ductwork and ventilation systems until something goes wrong. During those moments, we realize these systems' critical role in keeping our homes comfortable and safe.

What is Ductwork?

Ductwork consists of pipes carrying heated or cooled air from a central heating and cooling system to different areas in a home. The ducts are made of different materials, including galvanized steel, aluminum, or flexible plastic. The ductwork is designed to distribute air evenly in all areas of the home.

How Does Ductwork Work?

The ductwork system works by circulating air through a central air handler connected to a thermostat. When the thermostat signals the air handler to turn on, the air is pulled from the home through return ducts and passed through a filter, which traps dust and other airborne particles. The air is then heated or cooled by the air handler, depending on the thermostat's setting, and pushed back into the home through supply ducts.

What is a Ventilation System?

A ventilation system is a mechanism that helps to exchange inside air with fresh outside air in a home. It is designed to provide better indoor air quality by removing stale air and flushing it with fresh air. Ventilation systems come in different types, including heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) and energy recovery ventilators (ERVs).

How Do Ventilation Systems Work?

Ventilation systems pull fresh air from the outside into the home and then extract stale air from the interiors. The air is pulled through ducts and passed through a filter to remove pollutants and other airborne particles. The fresh air is distributed throughout the home while exhausted air is pushed outside through vents.

How to Maintain Ductwork and Ventilation Systems

Maintaining ductwork and ventilation systems is essential to ensure they work optimally. To keep the systems, hiring a professional inspecting and cleaning the ducts periodically is essential. This will help to eliminate dust, dirt, and other airborne contaminants that can impair system performance. Changing filters frequently and keeping the outside air vents clean is also important.

Portland Duct Cleaning Services

At Pyramid Heating & Cooling, we specialize in designing and installing integrated HVAC systems, combining efficient ductwork with advanced ventilation solutions. Our goal is to provide you with a system that delivers optimal comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency. Contact us today at (503) 783-8488 to learn more about our services and how we can help you improve your home's HVAC system.

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