The ductwork of your home is like its circulatory system. It circulates cold or heated air throughout the entire house making you feel comfortable even during extreme weather conditions. So, it is important that your ductwork is always clean, well insulated, and in a good condition. If you feel that your ductwork has become old and worn out, and can no longer be properly sealed or repaired, you should look in to getting it replaced.
Old and worn out ductwork can cause several problems in your home. The biggest problem that is causes is ineffective heating and cooling, and energy inefficiency. Air leakage can cause your HVAC system to work harder to match up to thermostat settings, and may increase energy bills. Some areas of the home may get more heat or cold air compared to other areas.
Another very common problem caused by leaky and worn out ductwork is that of poor indoor air quality. Leaky ducts suck in dust, pollen, and other pollutants from the environment and circulate them in the entire house. These allergens can cause several health problems.
Homeowners with ductwork issues are torn between repairing and replacing the ductwork, because repairing is certainly a cheaper and more convenient option. However, it is important that homeowners watch out for certain tell tale signs that will indicate that replacement is the best choice.
Consider the Age
On an average, ductwork lasts for as long as 10-15 years before it starts to deteriorate. If you have never replaced the ductwork and it has lived well past its age of 10-15 years, you should consider getting it replaced.
Check Exposed Areas
Inspect exposed ducts in areas such as crawl spaces and attics to find out any holes or tears. You should also look out for disconnected joints or eroded duct tape.
Inspect Air Flow
Visit each room of the house when the HVAC system is running and see if the air flow is proper at all places. If you see any irregularities or temperature variations, it may be a sign of eroding ductwork.
Schedule a Duct Blower Test
Often the best way to tell how well your ductwork is working is by scheduling a duct blower test. This test measures the amount of air leakage that happens through ducts.
If you think your ductwork has issues - call us for a free home evaluation of your current heating and cooling system. We can help you choose the right solution for your home. Whether it is ductwork, modification to increase air flow, or a complete new system swap out, our service technician will have the answer for you!