Ducts are like the silent heroes of your HVAC unit. They cover your whole house, keeping everything interconnected and ask so little in return, maybe a cleaning here and there, maybe some leak repairs. Let’s hear it for ducts! OK, maybe not everyone is as excited about great ductwork as we are but ducts matter, and good ductwork makes a difference.
Ducts play a huge part in the efficiency of your system and in keeping you comfortable year-round. They also play a major role in keeping costs down on your bills.
How do you know if you need new AC ducts? Look for these signs:
- High utility bills
- Poor heating and cooling throughout your home
- Poor airflow
- Noisy operation
- Dust, mold & odors
- Dents & punctures
- Improper design/installation
- Seeing debris around the vents
But how do you know if your ducts need cleaning, repairs or complete replacement? Well, if you’re the DIY type, you can perform an inspection yourself. We recommend this step first and then calling in the experts for a complete assessment. We can help you understand the state of your ducts and offer solutions for the short and long term.
So, how does new ductwork save you money? There are two main factors.
- Utility costs
Heating and cooling your home is a necessity but it can also be expensive. With leaky, dirty or poorly installed ducts you are paying for all that energy lost in the transport of air from point A to point B. You’ll have to turn your heat up higher in the winter and really crank the AC to stay cool in the summer. Month after month, year after year, this is costing you hundreds turning into thousands of dollars. Bad ductwork doesn’t make cents!
- HVAC repair costs
As your HVAC works harder, stays on for longer and tries to make up for the airflow lost in the ductwork, it is being hit with lots of stressful wear and tear. The harder your HVAC works, the more likely components will fail and your HVAC will need service and repairs. Bad ducts can take years off your HVAC’s life. Ducts might seem like an afterthought but when you do the math and calculate the repairs and potential replacement of an entire HVAC system, replacing ductwork is a much cheaper solution in the long run.
In an efficient ductwork system all ducts should be sufficiently sized, straight and direct and properly balanced. This all creates well-distributed airflow, the best performance and a fully optimized HVAC system.
Don’t let bad ductwork cost you money on your energy bills and put your HVAC system in jeopardy. Find the right team that can properly deal with your ducts.
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