Odds are, you don’t think too much about your ductwork. And to be fair, they are placed inside walls, above ceilings and in the floors so you don’t have to. They have a job to do, and as long as the job is being done, they really don’t warrant unnecessary attention. However, the key question is: how well is your ductwork doing its job, and if the answer is, “not so well,” there’s a good chance you’ve got faulty ductwork on your hands.
It Isn’t Just About Your Ductwork
Faulty ductwork is actually a systemic problem, even though it has a specific location within your system. Here are the kinds of problems that can be caused by faulty ductwork:
- Decreased comfort – when your ductwork has holes and cracks through which your cool and warm air is escaping, your living spaces are not getting the full amount of air required to make you feel comfortable in your home.
- Decreased energy efficiency – it’s virtually impossible to maintain any level of energy efficiency when you have faulty ductwork. Faulty ductwork can account for anywhere from 5-30% of your home’s total air loss, and battling that kind of continual air loss means using a lot of energy to do so.
- Decreased indoor air quality – while your warm or cool air is escaping, outdoor pollutants are coming in. You may have increased humidity, odors, allergens and a host of other contaminants blowing directly into your living spaces thanks to faulty ductwork.
- Significant added stress to your HVAC system – a system that has to fight hard against the effects of faulty ductwork is a system under continual stress.
- Excess wear and tear – all HVAC systems will accrue a certain level of wear and tear each year, but when your system is battling poor ductwork, the wear and tear will accrue quickly and excessively.
- Premature aging – excessive wear and consistent stress will prematurely age just about any system.
Concerned about your home’s ductwork in Ponte Vedra, FL, or just want to make sure it is not faulty? Then call the indoor air quality experts at Climate Masters today!