Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ducts?? Why Should I Care??

We should all care to know a little about the duct-work within our homes. Most of us don’t know anything about ducts because they are located in our attics, crawlspaces or in the walls or between the floors.

Did you know that your ducts are responsible for delivering conditioned air to each of the rooms in your house? Probably you do. What you may not know is that if your duct-work was not designed or installed correctly (this is a true fact in the majority of homes), you may be experiencing uneven and uncomfortable temperatures, excessively dusty rooms, health issues, higher than normal utility bills, and shorter equipment life.  This is not a good thing.

The good news is duct-work issues can be solved. Some issues such as leaky ducts can be repaired by the homeowner with a gallon or so of mastic paste and a couple of brushes to seal the air leaks. Other issues need to be addressed by an expert in air system distribution systems.

A duct design should be evaluated by a professional HVAC contractor. They will perform a static air pressure test to determine if the ducts are causing harm to the heating and cooling system. The HVAC expert can find the leaks using specialized instruments. There are many duct systems that have undersized supply and return air ducts. This causes the homeowner discomfort, high utility bills, and shorter equipment life.

If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, please contact your HVAC company to evaluate your ducts and perform any necessary repairs. You will be glad you did and wonder why you waited so long.

Remember that not all HVAC companies are trained well in this area. All Seasons Heating and Cooling can help you with your duct concerns.