Is It Time To Replace Your Home Heating and Cooling Ductwork?
It’s possible for damaged heating and cooling ductwork to cause you to waste hundreds of dollars in energy a year. If you’re noticing that your HVAC system is having problems, your ductwork may be the cause.
Instead of waiting to see if it will get better on its own, it’s important to find the cause of the problem and address it before it grows into a larger issue. There are solutions available for ductwork problems. Here we will share all you need to know to make the decision if replacing your heating and cooling ductwork is the right solution for you.
How Good Heating and Cooling Ductwork Matters
Ductwork is what distributes hot and cold air throughout your home. Because good heating and cooling are essential to your comfort it’s important that your ducts are functioning properly. Most air duct systems are composed of fiberglass and plastic and are designed to last a long time, roughly 10-15 years. When there’s a problem with your heating and cooling system, air ducts are usually overlooked.
High energy bills are often caused by heating and cooling ductwork problems. If your ducts have holes or poor connection low air pressure and increased energy use are usual signs. This is the result of your HVAC system working harder than normal to cool or heat your home due to the stress that is put on your system.
Aside from high energy costs, damaged ductwork can also create many health issues. Mildew and mold can build up inside the ducts and be vented through the air for you to breathe in.
When your HVAC system is free from ductwork problems you will notice many benefits right away. Your air pressure will be higher, your system will last longer and work better. It will also ensure that there is no mold floating in the air you’re breathing in which will result in fewer health problems.
Is It Time For Me To Replace My Ductwork?
When your ductwork is damaged or needs to be replaced you will notice many signs before it’s time to get the repair done.
Weird Sounds Coming From Your Heating And Cooling System
Vibrating and rattling in your system is not normal. When a joint in your duct system is damaged, you’ll usually hear a rattling sound while loud noises that come from when the air flows through the duct are signs of a hole.
Higher Than Normal Energy Bills
When you notice that your energy bill seems to increase even though you’re not using it any more than normal, air may be escaping through the ductwork. This will cause your HVAC system to work harder, which is where the spike in your energy bill comes from.
Your Home Is Cooled Or Heated Unevenly
Holes and ductwork damage will cause the air to not flow through your ducts correctly. This is what creates hot and cold spots throughout your house.
Increased Dust In Your Home
If you have to dust your home more often than usual, it’s likely that there is a leak or hole in your ductwork. This happens because dust will enter through the damage from outside and flow through the vents into your home.
Mold Or Mildew Smell
When temperatures fluctuate condensation will occur in the ducts, as well as poorly insulated and connected ducts will create mold and mildew to build up. These materials will then flow into your home through your vents.
When there is a hole of leaks present in your air ducts it is more likely that pests and rodents will be able to enter the home. When there is an infestation, it is also more likely that blockages will occur in your ducts.
You’re Noticing Debris Around The Vents
When dirty air flows through the air vents and into your home it will leave debris around the vents. Ductwork that has been damaged will allow dirt, lint, dust, and pet hair to build up and accumulate around your vents.
While ductwork is supposed to last about 10-15 years as your home ages, so do the ducts. It is more likely that old ductwork will have problems with leaks and holes so it is best to take care of the issue before it grows worse.
Fixing Your Ductwork
If the above signs are happening in your home, it’s time for a ductwork inspection. Occasionally you won’t need to replace the whole system but rather just one or two areas that are damaged.
Fixing your ductwork on your own is possible. Inspect your ducts and look for any damage such as leaks or holes. Once you’ve done that you’ll want to clean your ducts, seal them, and insulate them. It is recommended that you ask a professional to check your ductwork since there may be problems that you aren’t able to notice.
The Proskill team has all the knowledge and skills in replacing heating and cooling ductwork. Give us a call today for an inspection!