Unless you encounter an obvious problem, it’s all too easy to forget about the ductwork system in your Texas home. Like other HVAC components, however, ducts perform best when kept in good condition. When left neglected, they’re like to degrade over time. Damaged ducts not only impact your comfort but can compromise your family’s health and safety too. The following tips can help you determine if it’s time to get some duct work done.
Problems with Performance
Over time, constant changes in air pressure and temperatures take a toll on ductwork. Leaks resulting from holes, cracks and gaps can upset the entire air distribution system. Because ducts are largely hidden from view, a feeling of discomfort may be your first indication that something is wrong:
- Some rooms may feel stuffy, clammy or musty.
- Air vents may emit unpleasant odors when the system cycles on.
- Temperatures may vary from room to room.
- Adjusting the thermostat does little to improve comfort.
Leaky ducts can also decrease HVAC efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Sealing and insulating ducts often pays for itself though lower energy bills every month of the year.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
From dust mites to microbial growth spores, ductwork is subject to a host of indoor pollutants. Allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions can worsen when ducts get dirty. Leaks in the system can also cause dangerous fumes to backdraft into living spaces. A professional duct inspection can identify issues with indoor air quality. Timely duct repair can safeguard your family and allow everyone to breathe cleaner and healthier air.
At Woods Comfort Systems, we offer a comprehensive range of ductwork services, from simple fixes to full-scale duct replacements. If new heating or cooling equipment is in your future, our duct installations can optimize system efficiency for energy savings. To learn more, take a look at our duct work services or call 512-842-5066 today.