If your HVAC equipment is the heart of your home, then the ductwork is the circulatory system. Issues that arise from problems in your home’s ductwork include diminished cooling and heating, a rise in your energy costs, and poor air quality indoors.
One problem with the ductwork in your home is that it falls in the “out of sight, out of mind” category. Therefore, small problems that can be easily rectified can bloom into larger ones that are inconvenient as well as costly. Performing regular ductwork maintenance can pay dividends by detecting issues early.
Even in the best of circumstances, ductwork is not going to last forever. This is particularly true in instances where the original installer was looking to keep costs down and didn’t use the highest quality materials (or installation skills). In addition, blocked ductwork will also cause airflow problems. This is usually indicated by dust being emitted from your vent. Check each room for the airflow. If it is diminished, then there certainly is a problem with the ductwork.
Eyeball the ductwork, at least in the areas where it is possible. This may include having to go into basements, attics and crawlspaces. Here, you will be able to check the joints and connections. Also look for tape that has deteriorated or failed and any other damage that is the result of age, corrosion or perhaps the result of an unwanted pest.
An HVAC professional will be able to confirm there is an issue with your ductwork. A blower test will quickly tell you how severe it is. The bottom line – routine ductwork maintenance is a must in order to maintain effective and efficient heating and cooling.
For more expert advice concerning heating, air conditioning and all your home comfort needs, please contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the San Diego area (Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos, La Costa, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Del Mar, La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, Scrips Ranch, Poway, Escondido, and other surrounding cities) with an A+ BBB rating for over ten years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ductwork and other HVAC topics, visit our website.
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