I decided to volunteer with this local home-rebuilding organization that refurbishes and renovates old homes for families in need. We often go to derelict homes, and the place is near unrecognizable when we’re done with it! While I don’t mind painting walls or cleaning up various rooms in these houses, I sometimes get to help the contractors with the more intensive work
. One house we worked on a few months ago never had any kind of air conditioning system installed outside of a window unit, so there was no ductwork in the house. We couldn’t fit conventional ducts in the house either, as the attic space was too small to fit them. That’s when one of the contractors mentioned how we could use high-velocity ducts instead. I’d never heard of that before, so I asked the guy to elaborate. He told me that high-velocity ductwork is only a few inches wide, which provides two perks. One, the ductwork can fit much more easily throughout a home, and two, the airflow throughout the house would be far better and come through vents at a much faster rate.
This is wonderful in homes that still have poor insulation, such as this house we worked on, as the air flows in such rapid succession that the air can keep various rooms in the house much cooler. I was excited to help these guys lay down this fancy sounding ductwork, and it really got me wondering why it isn’t used more often in homes today.