When people think of HVAC, they tend to focus on the furnace and air conditioner. After all, without these two pieces of equipment, your home wouldn’t be as warm or cool as you desire throughout the year.
But it takes more than heating and cooling equipment to properly condition your home. Your ventilation system is required to deliver the conditioned air supply, and to ensure your home stays comfortable in the process.
If your ductwork isn’t working correctly, it could prevent your home from being comfortable. How do you know if your ductwork is damaged?
Not installed correctly
Even if your home is new, you might have complaints about hot or cold spots throughout your home. That’s usually caused by ductwork installed incorrectly.
There can be many reasons why your ventilation system isn’t keeping your home in top condition. It can lead to higher energy bills and decreased lifespan for all of your HVAC equipment.
Like your furnace and air conditioner, your ductwork is only designed to last for so long. Every time your home is heated or cooled, ductwork expands and contracts as conditioned air moves through it. Over time, ducts wear out, creating gaps, cracks, and leaks throughout.
The average ventilation system is designed to last 20 years, but like your furnace and air conditioner, they should be maintained and inspected regularly to ensure they are working properly.
Ductwork can seem like a pretty good place to live for certain critters. Squirrels, mice, birds – they all look for safe, warm homes, and your ductwork may be the perfect place when presented with the right opportunity. Unfortunately, if they get caught in there and eventually die, the foul smell can spread throughout your home.
This is another good reason to have your home inspected regularly. It can ensure air ducts and external vents are properly sealed, and that your ductwork stays safe from potential problems.
Is your ductwork safe from damage?
The easiest way to ensure your ventilation system continues to work well is to have your ductwork inspected regularly. We provide expert heating, cooling, and ventilation system repair and maintenance, providing you with inspection services and emergency help when you need it most.