If you aren’t familiar with the ductwork in your home and what it does, we want to give you a small crash course. The ducts in your house serve as the delivery system for all the temperature-controlled air produced by your duct-based comfort system. When you run your ducted heat pump, central AC, or furnace, the air that these systems create is pumped through the ducts and vents and into the rooms around the house.
As you may have guessed by now, a problem in your ducts means a problem with your comfort.
Ducts can wear down over the years, the same as your home comfort systems can. The difference is that your ducts are out of sight so you can’t assess their condition. Plus, leaks or holes are much harder to find than issues like a broken fan! Here’s what you need to know about duct issues and how to handle them.
What Might Go Wrong With Your Ducts
It can be surprising to some people that anything can go wrong with their ductwork. Just because your ducts are tucked into your attics or crawlspaces doesn’t mean they are immune to developing a problem. These problems can include excess debris buildup in your ducts, holes or leaks that have developed, or even larger cracks or disconnects that have been created.
Finding and Solving Your Duct Problem
The reality is that big or small, problems in your ductwork can have a major impact on your overall home comfort. That is why we provide effective services such as duct testing and sealing in Whittier, CA to address them.
Duct testing allows us to assess the condition of your ductwork and get an idea of what problems there are to solve. Are your ducts in good condition but packed with dirt, or do you have several small leaks that are causing your bills to skyrocket and your comfort to drop? These are the kinds of questions duct testing allows us to accurately answer.
Duct sealing is one of the solutions we can provide that will seal up your ducts. Over time, regular use can wear on the material that your ducts are made of and cause small holes, leaks, or cracks to develop. These leaks may seem minor but they are estimated to be the source of up to 30% of energy lost when you run your HVAC system.
Duct sealing is an effective way to address these leaks and close them so that all of the air produced ends up where it actually needs to be. Trust us when we tell you to put down the duct tape, it isn’t going to help.
Duct cleaning is another service that we can provide to help keep air moving through your ducts without trouble. Even with great air filters, dust and other airborne contaminants can get into your ducts and start to pile up.
Over the years, this level of debris can become enough to slow down the airflow. Thankfully, all you need to do is leave this cleaning job to us — we have the right tools to clean out your ductwork without damaging them.
If you’ve noticed that there is something amiss with your home comfort, the cause may lie with your ductwork. Let’s work together to find the solution.