While you know that your air conditioning system and furnace are vital to your comfort at home, you may not often think about the importance of the ducts. You need a well-designed, sealed duct system in order for your HVAC unit to be effective. And while you may believe that a few small cracks in the ducts are just fine, these repair needs may actually keep you from getting the performance you want from your heating and cooling system. Here are a few of the reasons you simply cannot neglect ductwork repair for very long.
- Reduced Air Quality: The ducts run through areas of the home that you never clean, such as the attic or a small crawlspace. This means that dust and pollutants may thrive in these areas, and, if the ductwork is leaking, some of these contaminants may get sucked into the ducts and move into your home. Particles from the insulation may also be drawn into the ducts, which may pose a health risk if inhaled.
- Frequent HVAC Repairs: These same particles may also get into the air handler of your HVAC system, blocking the fan motor or clogging the evaporator coil. But what’s more likely to damage your HVAC system if your ducts are in need of repair is an overworked system. Leaky ductwork inhibits conditioned air from reaching the home. This means that there may be warm or cool spots around the house, so your HVAC system will work harder to reach the correct temperature. This can cause parts to wear down quickly, and your unit may overheat.
- High Energy Costs: Your HVAC system works harder when the ducts are damaged and, as a result of the extra run time, you will pay more every month on energy spending. It simply takes longer to cool down a home when air continuously escapes through the ducts. In fact, typical homes lose about 20-30% of air through leaky or poorly installed ducts.
It can be difficult to tell whether the ductwork in your home needs repairs. That’s why it’s important to have a professional inspect the ducts every year and to schedule repairs as soon as you suspect any problems. To schedule professional ductwork repair in Sarasota, call Ultimate Air Conditioning today!