3 Signs Your Air Ducts Are Impacting Your Health, Your Comfort, and Your Wallet
When many homeowners think about their HVAC system, their minds instantly go to their furnace and air conditioning equipment. But there’s more to it than that. A lot. To get a complete picture of how your HVAC system works, you also have to look at the ventilation side – your air ducts.
Every time your furnace or air conditioner turns on, it has the potential to blow dust, dirt, pollutants, and other debris throughout your home. This can lead to inefficiencies in your duct work and increased costs.
Think for a moment about how your HVAC system works. Your home’s temperature is controlled by your thermostat. You set it at a particular temperature, and depending on the season, your furnace or air conditioner turns on and off in order to regulate how warm or cold it is in each room. Every time this process circulates, it also circulates dust, dirt, pollutants, and other debris throughout the duct work too. And in some cases, moisture is in the air too. This allows biological growth to accumulate, and when your HVAC equipment circulates the air, it means these tiny particles can circulate too. This can exacerbate many common symptoms and diseases, from a cold to chronic respiratory diseases.
Like every other piece of equipment inside your home, your ventilation system will eventually wear down. Leaks can form along ductwork, joints may even wear down and pull apart. If you have taken on remodeling or renovation work in your home, there may be a lot more than dust and dirt inside your ducts. All of this impacts the way the air flow through your ducts. Do you have rooms that are hotter or colder than others? That may be a sign your air ducts aren’t working the way they should.
According to the US Department of Energy, up to 40 percent of the energy generated during the heating and cooling process is wasted in the average home. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Your ducts may have been installed incorrectly. Your ducts may be inefficient due to dust and debris. They could have leaks and cracks that prevent conditioned air from being delivered where it’s intended to go. In any case, it’s making your furnace and air conditioner work harder to keep your home the temperature you desire. And that hits you right where it hurts the most … your wallet.
Do your air ducts need a little attention?