You might have installed a good HVAC system in your house, but you still might be experiencing heating and cooling problems.
What could be the reason behind this? Is the HVAC system faulty? Does it require expensive repairs? Before jumping to conclusions, give some thought to the ductwork in your house. If the ductwork is old and worn out, and there are some visible signs of damage such as hanging duct tape or water seepage from some parts, then it is possible that the ductwork is responsible for all your woes. Leaky ductwork can create problems in your home. It not only plays havoc with your HVAC system’s performance, but it can also flare up your energy bills. Here are some of the problems caused by leaky ductwork.
Higher Energy Bills
The most obvious problem created by leaky ductwork is higher energy bills. The cooled or heated air tends to escape from the leaks causing inadequate cooling and heating. The HVAC system has to work harder to achieve the desired temperature. The longer working time translates into higher energy bills.
Poor Internal Air Quality
Another major problem created by leaky ductwork is poor air quality inside the house. Due to leakages, the ducts suck in a lot of dust and other pollutants. These pollutants are circulated in the home with the heated or cooled air. The home remains generally dusty, and residents may suffer some allergies and other respiratory disorders.
Increased Need For Repairs
If the ductwork is leaky, the HVAC system has to work harder and longer to match the thermostat setting. Over-burdened HVAC systems will suffer frequent breakdowns and may require expensive repairs. This may happen even if your HVAC system is relatively new, but the ductwork is old or leaky.
Improper Heating and Cooling
Leaky ductwork may not allow all the rooms of the house to get heated or cooled evenly and adequately. Some rooms may be more hot or cold than others.
Frequent Air Filter Clogging
Dust and pollutants get sucked into the ducts and they clog the air filters. Home owners have to replace the air filters frequently, or else it will affect the energy efficiency and performance of the HVAC system.
It is advisable that you periodically inspect the ductwork, and in case you come across any leakage, you should immediately bring it to the notice of your heating and cooling company. Do not try to repair the leakages on your own, because not only will it be dangerous, but it will not be effective. Call Thomas Hoffmann Air Conditioning & Heating LLC at (314) 471-7625 to repair the leaky ductwork.
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