Maintaining the health and efficiency of your ductwork is just as important as keeping your HVAC system efficient.
Ductwork is integral to homes that are subject to extreme weather conditions as well as to people who need a temperature-controlled environment. Below we list 6 of the most common causes of problems with ductwork and airflow quality.
If you can hear a faint whistling sound, it may be time to check your ducts for any damage or debris. If something obstructs the flow of air through the ducts, they can’t properly and evenly provide comfort throughout your home.
Hot and cold spots
If you notice that a room in your home isn’t cold or hot enough, depending on the time of the year, then you may want to check for any leaks, damage, or gaps in the ductwork that could allow the temperature-controlled air to escape before it reaches its intended destination.
High energy bills
If you noticed a gradual increase in how much your energy bill is costing you, it might be time to look in your ducts. Damaged and poorly insulated ducts will cause more temperature-controlled air to escape, forcing your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy.
Old and outdated ductwork could be the culprit behind your rising energy bill, as corroded and damaged ducts cause air to escape. If it has been 15 years since the ductwork in your home has been installed, it may be time to replace it to prevent further air leaks as well as ensure your ducts work efficiently with today’s modern HVAC units and thermostats.
Unpleasant smells and odors
Strange and sometimes foul smells can be an indicator of something seriously wrong with your HVAC system or ductwork. Dust and dirt can accumulate in your ducts over the years of constant use, however, mold accumulating in the ducts can lead to very serious and hazardous health conditions such as allergy attacks and lung cancer. If mold is present in your ducts, your unit will push the mold spores throughout your house whenever your HVAC unit is in use.
The presence of insects and small rodents in your home could be contributed to damaged ductwork. There they can breed and multiply which can obstruct your ducts and vents, create more damage to the structure of the ducts, and contaminate the air in the ducts with dirt, debris, and feces they bring with them.
At ACS, we work diligently to ensure your units are in perfect working order to make you as comfortable as possible. If you believe your ducts could use a professional opinion, call and schedule a duct cleaning with one of our amazing technicians.