How much do you know about your heating and cooling system? What does the acronym HVAC stand for?
A surprising number of homeowners don’t know.
The H is heating; the AC is air conditioning. That’s the easy part. But the V - ventilation - that can leave you scratching your head.
That’s because it’s easy to forget about the piece of the puzzle that drives your entire system. Without the duct work in a gas-forced system, the conditioned air would have no place to go.
When everything is working correctly, conditioned air makes its way from the furnace and air conditioner through your home and out through the vents and into your rooms. But what’s important to realize is that it’s surprisingly easy for ducts to accrue damage from the installation process, age, corrosion, or even rodents making their way into the attic or crawlspace. And when your ductwork is damaged, it can result in:
A decline in indoor comfort
An increase in poor indoor air quality
Over time, ductwork can lose efficiency. Gaps can form in the joints. Leaks can materialize throughout the system. You may even have bad connections from the point when it was installed.
The only way to return it to good working condition is by investing in professional duct repair services.
When you’re at home, pay attention to the hints your system is giving you.
Do you notice spots in your home that are colder/warmer than other areas? If spots exist that are the wrong temperature, then you likely have leaking or damaged ducts that are preventing proper airflow from reaching that room. The same applies in both winter and summer.
You can also listen for odd sounds. As air flows throughout the ductwork, the air ducts expand and contract as the temperatures rise and fall. As a result, you’ll likely notice an occasional popping noise as the air begins to flow. This is normal. What isn’t normal is a loud rattling or shaking sound that is heard continuously throughout the cycle. If you hear this, it is a sign that your ductwork is loose or damaged in some way.
Is your ductwork efficient?