Duct System: the air conditioning air ducts (or ductwork) (or heat pump duct work) carry conditioned air from the air handler to various rooms in the occupied spaces of the building.
Return air ducts bring air from the occupied space to the air handler. In some installations only a single return air register and return air duct may be installed, usually in the ceiling over a stairwell in a two-story home; where multiple return ducts are provided you will find two or more return registers in the building; If you observe that most rooms have only a supply register and duct and no individual return air ducts, keeping the room doors open will probably improve air circulation and reduce heating or cooling costs for the building.
Supply air ducts bring air from the air handler (where it has been cooled and dehumidified, or heated if a heat pump is in heating mode) back into the occupied spaces in the building. Where each supply duct enters a room through the room ceiling, wall, or floor, a finned supply register should be installed to permit control of the direction and amount of air that exits the duct at that location.