Ductwork is an important part of any HVAC system, and it is responsible for distributing heated or cooled air throughout your home. Over time, ductwork can become damaged, or leaks can develop, leading to a decrease in your home’s heating and cooling efficiency. If you suspect that your ductwork may need to be repaired or replaced, there are a few signs to look for.
Signs of Poor Ductwork
If your home is more than 20 years old, chances are you may need new ductwork. As homes age, ductwork can become leaky, allowing heat to escape in the winter and cool air to escape in the summer. Thus, making your home less energy-efficient. In addition, old ductwork may be made of materials that are now known to be harmful, such as asbestos. If you're not sure whether your ductwork needs to be replaced, there are a few things you can look for:
- Air leaks. If you see dust or debris coming out of your vents, that's a sign that your ductwork is leaky.
- Unusual Noises. If you hear rattling, banging, or other strange noises coming from your HVAC system, it could be a sign that your ductwork is loose or damaged.
- Check your energy bills. If you've noticed a sudden increase in your energy costs, it could be due to leaky ductwork.
If you suspect that you need new ductwork, the best thing to do is to contact a professional HVAC contractor for an assessment. They will be able to tell you for sure whether you need new ductwork and can provide a quote for the work. Replacing old ductwork can be expensive, but it's worth it for the improved comfort and energy efficiency of your home.
Benefits of Quality Ductwork
Your ducts hide within the ceiling of your home, but it really shouldn’t be understated that they can do a lot to enhance how you live. Some benefits of quality ductwork are:
-Comfort. With quality ductwork, you lower the chances of having a humidity imbalance in your home.
-Cleaner indoor air. Most colds and allergies are caused by particles in the air. With quality air ducts, the air in your home will be able to circulate better.
-Eco-friendly. The largest energy consumption in a home comes from your HVAC unit. If you have leaky ducts, you’re wasting air and energy. With quality air ducts, you’ll be more energy efficient and won’t see a high spike in your energy bill.
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