Ductwork is an important part of your heating and cooling system. Your HVAC system relies on ductwork to circulate air throughout your home. Supply ducts send conditioned air into each room to maintain the temperature regulated by your thermostat. Return air ducts re-circulate the air in the home back through the HVAC system.
Ductwork problems can impact your home year-round if you have leaks or damage. The impact to your home can include:
1. Increased energy: Leaky ducts can cause air to enter your attic or crawl space, making your HVAC system work harder than required or designed. This will increase your utility bills and can prematurely age your equipment. Estimates show that a damaged duct can cause a system to work as much as 40% harder to maintain a comfortable temperature in the home.
2. Decreased comfort: Temperatures throughout your home could be inconsistent if the ducts aren’t able to circulate air as intended. This can result in hot and humid rooms in the summer and cold rooms in the winter.
3. Allergy issues: When there is a leak or damage to ductwork, dust, mold, allergens, and other particles can be drawn into your HVAC system and circulated throughout the home. This can lead to an increase in allergy or asthma issues for family members and pets.
Now that you know why your HVAC ductwork is important, if you are noticing an increase in your utility spend and inconsistent heating or cooling in your home, check out these seven signs it’s time to replace your HVAC ductwork.