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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Ductwork

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The ducts in your home are one of your home’s most important systems. They are often forgotten because they are tucked away behind your home’s walls, hidden under floors and in ceilings, tucked away in attics and crawl spaces.

Since you don’t see them regularly, it’s easy to neglect taking care of your ducts properly. By implementing an appropriate maintenance schedule, you can maintain optimum comfort levels in your home and keep the air quality safe and healthy. Air duct specialists are experts in keeping these critical systems functioning properly.

Impact of Ducts on Your Home

Ductwork is one of the most important parts of the HVAC system in your home. It is critical in maintaining the appropriate temperatures and air quality that make your home a comfortable place to live.

Generally, one set of ducts pulls the air out of your home to send through the HVAC system, and another acts as the delivery system to bring the treated air back inside. An air duct specialist is an expert at creating and maintaining the balance between intake and outtake to make sure your system is operating optimally.

Air duct specialists are experts at identifying and solving problems caused by leaks in your ducts. For instance, damaged or improperly maintained ducts can lead to increased energy use. A system that has to work harder also requires more energy to operate, thus costing you more money.

Comfort levels are another concern. Your air duct specialist will ensure that the ductwork is installed correctly and maintained to control the temperatures in your home most effectively. Finally, it is important to calibrate the quality of the air. Ensuring the ductwork doesn’t contribute to lessened air quality should be a critical area of concern.

Does Your Ductwork Need to be Replaced?

Not all problems that affect ductwork will require replacement. By consulting with an air duct specialist, you can learn what can be fixed and what needs to be replaced. The air duct specialist can perform tests that will help identify any areas of concern and help you plan for maintenance and replacement if necessary.

There are a couple of trouble areas to be on the lookout for. The first is improper duct design. If it wasn’t installed correctly in the first place, the chances are good that it’s not working as it should. Addressing design problems could go a long way in improving the efficiency of your system.

Mold is another area of concern. If your ductwork hasn’t been properly maintained over time, the chances are good that mold has formed, frequently in places that are impossible to reach. To remediate the problem, replacing the ductwork may be required.

Sometimes a close examination will expose crushed, torn, twisted, or kinked flexible ductwork. Parts of the system that are vulnerable to damage may be causing energy loss or allowing moisture into the system, which is one of the leading causes of mold in your HVAC.

Finally, like everything else, air ducts can deteriorate over time. The older the system, the more likely the joints, seals, and seams have loosened or fallen apart. Your air duct specialist can help recommend whether or not replacement is your best option.

How to Get Started

Don’t wait; contact us today! We’ll send out one of our experienced air duct specialists to assess your system. They’ll discuss their findings thoroughly, giving you recommendations on maintenance, and if any parts of the system require replacement.

Then we’ll get started optimizing your system!