According to the US Department of Energy, almost half of all homes have leaky ductwork and lose up to 30 percent of their conditioned air before it reaches its final destination. This leads to a host of problems, including paying more on your utility bill each month, repairing your HVAC equipment more than is necessary, and ultimately replacing your equipment sooner rather than later.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are signs your ductwork needs repair. Have you noticed any of these?
Are your energy bills increasing without explanation?
Are your energy bills rising each month without a reason? Are your utility bills considerably higher this month than they were at the same time last year? If you’ve noticed a rise in energy costs, it can be a sign your ductwork needs repair.
Have you noticed a change in temperature or conditions in each room?
Do you walk from room to room noticing how hot one room is and cold the next? Is one room stuffy while another is humid? This is a sure sign your ductwork is in need of repair. A change in temperature is often caused by a broken seal not allowing conditioned air to flow where it should. Humidity changes can be caused by ductwork exposed to outside elements such as rain and snow. This adds liquid to ductwork that shouldn’t be there.
Of course, there are more subtle changes too that may be impacting your ductwork.
Do you hear rattling, clinking, or squeaking every time your furnace or air conditioner runs? If air duct connection has loosened or disconnected, it means air is flowing where it shouldn’t be. You’re paying for a system that isn’t working the way it should.
How do you ensure your HVAC system is operating at its best? How do you ensure your ductwork is heating and cooling your home properly?
Have it tested on an annual basis. If you have your furnace tested in the fall and your air conditioner tested in the spring, you can feel better about knowing your HVAC system is operating as best it can. You’ll know it’s working in tip-top shape and will help keep your home heated and cooled to the proper temperatures every month of the year.
That will guarantee you won’t be paying more for your utility bills either.
Keep those operating costs down and have your HVAC system checked as we move from season to season. And if you notice any signs your ductwork might have problems, give us a call.