When Retrofitting A/C, Do the Ducts Too?
A version of this article appears in the November/December 2014 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
October 31, 2014
When retrofitting A/C systems in hot-humid climates, contractors provide many choices that can help homeowners increase the efficiency, comfort, health, and affordability of their homes. What they recommend about whether to include duct retrofits depends mainly on the situation—whether the system is old, worn out, or malfunctioning and it’s time to replace it; whether there is a specific problem that requires a solution other than upgrading the A/C unit; or whether the upgrade is part of a more-comprehensive energy upgrade, such as a deep energy retrofit or a whole-house weatherization upgrade.
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