If you have a forced-air heating and cooling system, you know how effective they are at heating and cooling the home. However, because of the ductwork required to transport the heated/cooled air, these systems are incredibly energy inefficient. By maintaining and repairing your ductwork regularly, you improve how well your ducts work, boosting efficiency. Check out these three ways having your ductwork regularly maintained can help.
Gaps and Holes Are Sealed to Prevent Air Loss
Ideally, the ducts throughout your home should be completely connected and sealed. However, due to wear and tear, damage or poor installation, the ducts may start to separate or develop holes. In fact, it's estimated that about 25 to 30 percent or more of the air lost in ducts is due to these leaks. With regular maintenance, however, you or a repair technician will be able to fix new leaks and prevent future leaks. Fixing the ducts is easy with mastic tape, but only if you can access the ducts. Many are hidden in crawlspaces, attics, walls, etc., which is why many homeowners prefer to have a professional repair the gaps.
Dust and Debris Is Removed to Open Air Pathways
Part of maintaining the ductwork involves cleaning the ductwork. As you use your HVAC system, dust and debris slowly begin to collect on the walls of the ducts, narrowing the air pathways. As a result, less air reaches you through the vent, and you have to use more energy. At the same time, the system continues to send the same amount of air through these narrowing pathways, which puts a lot of wear and tear on the system, causing it to become even less efficient and/or break down more often. You may be able to clean part of the ducts yourself through the vents in your home, but only a professional has the tools needed to fully remove all dust and debris from inside the maze of ducts.
Exposed Ductwork Is Insulated to Prevent Heat Loss/Gain
During regular maintenance, you can also add or repair any insulation around ducts, if needed, to prevent heat loss or gain. For example, if your attic is not temperature-controlled, it likely gets extremely hot during the summer. If cold air travels through that uninsulated ductwork in the attic during the summer, it may gain some heat. Similarly, during the winter, uninsulated ducts may lose some heat in the cold basement. By keeping these ducts well-insulated, however, you prevent the amount of heat loss and gain.
Forced-air heating and cooling are extremely effective, but many problems can reduce their efficiency. If you have tried repairing your HVAC system, but you still have high energy bills, consider having the ductwork maintained or repaired. For more information, contact a new furnace installation system technician in your area today.
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