Ductwork Problems The Can Affect Your Air Conditioner
When the weather heats up outside, it’s common practice to reach for the switch and turn on your air conditioner. As the cool breeze flows through your home, you assume everything is working with your air conditioning system. But is it?
Every time your air conditioner turns on, it draws in air from inside your home to be cooled, then releases it back into your living spaces. Your ductwork provides the pathways for your home’s airflow to travel into and out of your air conditioner. It’s easy to forget about your ductwork because the components are all hidden behind the walls. But if they are in anything less than perfect shape, they can have a huge impact on the performance of your air conditioner.
If there is any problem with your ductwork at any point in the system, it can create performance and comfort problems for your home.
In most cases, problems stem from one of four issues:
Duct leaks – According to the EPA, the average home loses up to 20 percent of its conditioned airflow due to leaks in ductwork. Which means chances are pretty good that the airflow in your home is not at peak performance. Duct leaks allow cool air to escape in places it shouldn’t be, creating uneven temperatures throughout your home. Also, your air conditioner will have to work harder at creating the temperatures you truly desire in the most used places in your home. A leak in the return ducts can pull hot attic air into your ductwork causing you to cool extra heat and add humidity to your living space.
Improper design – If your ductwork wasn’t properly installed by a professional, it might not be cooling your home as efficiently as possible. And the older your home, the more likely the system has airflow problems. That’s because we make changes to our living arrangements again and again as we remodel and upgrade. New furnaces and air conditioning equipment may not work properly with the ductwork installed. All of this creates airflow and comfort issues, and reduce the efficiency and performance of your air conditioner.
Uninsulated ducts – Are the ducts throughout your home fully insulated against extreme temperatures? Ductwork in places like crawlspaces, basements or attics should be properly insulated to avoid extreme temperatures. If cooled air runs through warm ductwork in an attic, for instance, it will lose its effectiveness before reaching your rooms. It will make it more difficult for the air conditioner to cool your home.
Blocked registers – Registers aren’t always in the most proper places. Sometimes they are in the perfect spot … for a sofa. Blocking an air register affects your air conditioner’s performance. Blocked registers make it difficult for ductwork to properly intake air and return it as conditioned air.
Have any of these problems in your own home? It could be costing you money. The best way to ensure maximum performance from your ductwork and air conditioning system is to start with an audit.
We’ll analyze your home, determine the condition of your ductwork, and make recommendations for ways to improve your overall cooling system. If you have any questions, call us today.