You may not think about your ductwork very often because it’s hidden in the attic or behind your ceiling or walls. But what you may not know is that it’s one of the biggest energy wasters in South Texas homes. Read on to learn more about why you should prioritize ductwork maintenance.
How Ductwork Can Affect HVAC Efficiency Negatively
Over time, ducts can develop leaks and loose connections. Part of the air moving through them will be lost through these openings. This loss makes your HVAC system work harder to move air to the rooms that require heating or cooling, resulting in wasted energy and higher utility bills.
If neglected for a long time, your ductwork can harbor obstructions like plant refuse and nests of small insects, animals, and birds. These block airflow, impairing HVAC performance and hiking your energy bill.
Is Your Ductwork Causing Poor Efficiency?
A sudden spike in your electricity bill could be a sign of a leaky duct system. Conducting a visual inspection could help you spot obvious holes and objects that are stuck or may have fallen in your ducts. However, the best way to know if your ductwork is leaking or blocked is by calling in a professional.
HVAC pros have specialized tools and techniques to access hard-to-reach places and thoroughly examine ductwork. They’ll spot any obstructions blocking your ductwork and come up with the right methods to deal with them. They can also conduct a pressure test to reveal the location and extent of air leakage in your ducts and give recommendations on how to improve ductwork design to optimize efficiency.
By getting regular ductwork maintenance from a trusted HVAC contractor, problems that can lower your home’s efficiency will be diagnosed early, before they turn into expensive repairs down the road. As a result, you’ll save money and enjoy a comfortable home.
If you need more information on getting the most out of your home’s ducts, contact the experts at CCAC. Since 1979, we’ve served the heating, air conditioning, and indoor air quality needs of satisfied clients in the Corpus Christi area.