Homeowners don’t often think about their air duct systems. Air ducts are hidden, so they become out of sight, out of mind. However, air ducts over time experience duct buildup or tears, which can reduce the efficiency of your air duct system and lead to higher energy costs. Read below to find out when and why you should consider air duct repair.
If your air ducts are experiencing problems, you could be losing 20 to 30 percent of the air in the ducts due to leaks. Heat conduction, the movement of hot or cool air through the walls of the duct, can also lead to air loss. Over time, the inefficiency of your air duct system will lead to higher heating and cooling costs. If you have rising utility bills, are experiencing difficulty heating or cooling rooms in your house or have a home that feels stuffy, you may have leaks in your air system. Your air ducts will need to be inspected to determine whether they need to be repaired or replaced.
Air ducts can also experience buildup of dust, dirt, lint and allergens. This buildup leads to decreased efficiency, as your system has to work harder to move as much air into your living space. This leads to higher electricity needs and a higher utility bill. You may also experience increased allergies or asthma attacks due to the high level of allergens being moved through your air system. Increased allergies can be the first sign of air duct buildup. Changing the filters in your system can help, but it will not get to the root of the issue.
You may be able to perform preliminary checks on your air duct system by looking for leaks, but more detailed inspections will need to be performed by a professional. HVAC professionals have a variety of diagnostic tools at their disposal and will be able to fix any problems they find in your air system. By fixing these problems, your home value will rise. If you suspect your home needs air duct repair, contact Big Mountain Heating and Air. Our team of experienced professionals will help you through the process of air duct inspection and repair.