Does Your Ductwork Need Replacing?

Does Your Ductwork Need Replacing?

Think of your ductwork as the circulatory system of your home. It circulates cooled or heated air throughout your entire home, making it comfortable even in the most extreme weather conditions.

Yet in most cases, your ductwork is hidden from view. It’s not something you think about on a regular basis.

It’s important that ductwork is well maintained from year to year. It should always be clean, well insulated, and in good condition for optimal results. It’s it’s old and worn out, or no longer properly sealed and repaired, it’s time to replace it.

Old, worn out ductwork causes several problems.

Ineffective heating and cooling. Which results in energy inefficiency. If air is leaking out of your ductwork, the HVAC system has to work harder to match your thermostat settings. And depending on where the leak occurs, parts of your home may appear colder or warmer than others.

Poor indoor air quality. Leaks in the ductwork allow dust, pollen and other pollutants from the environment to enter and circulate throughout your home. These allergens can cause a variety of health problems, with some of them being severe.

Create bigger problems in your home. Leaks allow many things to enter your home, including dust and water. Even slow drips can have catastrophic results if allowed to build into biological growth. Water and dust can accumulate on furniture and other property throughout your home, causing damage or even complete destruction.

Restricted air flow through collapsed or broken ducts. These conditions will cause hot and cold spots throughout the home, making certain rooms uncomfortable. Restricted air flow can also cause damage to the HVAC system- routine duct inspections can find these hidden problems.

But how do you know if it’s time to replace your ductwork?

Consider the age. Ductwork can last ten, fifteen years or more depending on your home and the type of materials used during construction.

Check exposed areas. Head to the attic, basement or crawlspace to see exposed areas of the ductwork. Are there disconnected joints? Can you find eroded duct tape? Do leaks and other problems appear? This can be a sign of what’s behind the walls as well.

Inspect air flow. While you might already know where the hot and cold spots are in your home, take a moment to walk around and check every vent when the system is running. Notice irregularities or temperature variations, which can be a sign of a bigger problem.

Schedule a duct inspection. Call us today and have your ducts inspected and system maintained. If problems are found, we can help provide options that will work best for you.

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