Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts are always out of sight behind walls and above your ceilings. Given that, many homeowners don’t give ductwork much thought, especially as it is a passive system – hot or cool air is pushed through it – with no mechanical parts. Even so, poorly designed or faulty ductwork can have a significant impact on comfort and air quality in your home. We’ll go over three common duct problems below and the effects they produce.
3 Effects of Common Duct Problems
Ductwork may seem simple enough, but its placement throughout your home makes it difficult to diagnose problems and their locations. This isn’t something you want to try on your own as professionals will use specialized gauges to measure air temperature and pressure at various points throughout ductwork. If you think you have any of the duct problems below, you should call in an expert for duct testing and sealing in Orem, UT.
1. Reduced Heating and Cooling Power
Even under the best of circumstances, 25% of heating and cooling power is lost as air is distributed throughout your house via ductwork from a centrally located unit. After this, the number one problem is a poorly designed duct system which cannot deliver or return air efficiently.
Duct leaks reduce efficiency by another 25-40%. In addition, your electricity bills will continue to go up as your HVAC system must work progressively harder to heat or cool your home. In newer homes, flexible ductwork is standard, and if it becomes twisted or crushed, this will also strain your system on an ongoing basis.
2. Inconsistent Room Temperatures
A poorly designed duct system or leaks in it will also make it difficult to have consistent room temperatures throughout your home. Or, this may be caused by areas of varying wear on ductwork insulation. Resetting your thermostat for the sake of one area or adjusting individual vents in rooms can reduce system performance due to resulting air pressure problems.
3. Poor Air Quality
We usually think of air quality in terms of outdoor pollen and other particulate levels, but Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research shows indoor pollutant levels can be 100 times higher than outside. This is due in large part to new, more airtight home construction. Plus, HVAC systems are closed – the same air is constantly recirculated – and any indoor air quality (IAQ) issues will increase over time.
The introduction of bacteria, viruses, and contaminants from duct leaks will decrease IAQ. Leaks also contribute to higher levels of humidity which subsequently allow bacteria and mold to grow inside the ductwork. Most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, and these issues can greatly impact young and old people as well as those with respiratory problems.
HVAC Ductwork Maintenance
Your HVAC system is a significant financial investment, so you don’t want to leave its care to just anyone. At Skylake Heating & Air, we can design a custom heating and cooling system for your home and have our trained technicians service all its components. That way, you’ll be confident it will continue to operate at peak performance.
It’s never too late for a duct test. Contact Skylake Heating & Air today!