Ductwork is the key component of your HVAC system that delivers conditioned air to all the rooms in your home. Since it’s hidden away behind your ceilings and walls, you may not realize the duct system is in poor condition and having a negative impact on your energy bills, comfort and indoor air quality. Here are some subtle warning signs of deteriorating ducts that are easy to identify:
- Temperature variations in different areas, and hot or cold spots.
- Excessive dust on the registers, household surfaces and furniture.
- Worsening allergies, asthma and other breathing problems.
- Evidence of mold growth inside the HVAC system.
- Rising heating and cooling costs due to a loss of energy efficiency.
Factors to Weigh When Deciding on Duct Replacement
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of ductwork problems, you can weigh the following factors to help you decide if it’s due for replacement:
- Workmanship and age. If the duct system wasn’t designed well, made from quality materials and installed correctly, it may only have a 10- to 15-year service life.
- Condition of the accessible ducting. Take a close look at the exposed ducting in your crawl space, attic or garage for issues such as disconnected spans, leaky joints, dust streaks near the seams, or rust and corrosion.
- Airflow inconsistencies and temperature variations. Reduced air volume at some registers and temperature differences between rooms can be symptoms of hidden duct problems such as collapsed or disconnected sections, decaying sealant or missing insulation.
- Air leakage. If you want to know the extent of air leakage in the ducts, get a blower test performed. During the test, the ducts are pressurized and the amount of airflow needed to maintain that pressure is measured to calculate air loss.
If you need help deciding if replacement is your best option, have the duct system inspected by an experienced HVAC professional. A knowledgeable contractor will make sure new ducts are properly designed and installed, then sealed, insulated, and tested for leaks.
For expert advice about whether it’s time to replace the ductwork in your Broken Arrow home, contact us today at Air Assurance.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ductwork and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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