Although I’ve always been very conscientious about taking good care of the furnace and air conditioner, I’ve neglected the duct system.
- Until recently, I never gave the ducts any thought at all.
I made sure to replace air filters in the heating and cooling system. I scheduled professional maintenance for the furnace in the fall and the air conditioner in the spring. It simply never occurred to me to have the ductwork inspected. I’ve come to realize the importance of this network of pipes. The duct system carries the heated/cooled air to the rooms of the home. My family’s breathing air passes through the system of pipes. If there’s any leaks at the seams or holes, the heated and cooled air is allowed to escape. The majority of home’s sacrifice around thirty percent of conditioned air to flaws in the ducts. If there are any contaminants inside the ducts, they can be spread throughout the home every time the furnace or air conditioner starts up. Things like dust, dander, bacteria, mold spores and viruses are common pollutants concealed inside air ducts. There can even be dead rodents, webs and bugs. Problems with indoor air quality have been linked to headaches, sleeplessness, sore throat, chronic coughing and all sorts of health concerns. Plus, when there’s a buildup of debris inside the duct system, it blocks airflow. When the maximum amount of heated or cooled air fails to reach the intended destination, it results in inferior comfort and places a bigger workload on the HVAC system. This then leads to higher energy bills and greater chance of malfunction. Hiring a licensed HVAC contractor to complete duct cleaning and sealing is cost-effective. The process is quick, non-invasive and promotes greater reliability and longevity from the heating and cooling equipment.