Have you had your air ducts inspected lately? The amount of dust they accumulate inside would surprise you if you didn’t do this. In addition to inspecting for cleanliness, it’s also smart to examine the condition of your ductwork. Here’s why:
Over time, a lot of dust can accumulate in your ducts. When the HVAC system is running, the dust circulates throughout your home. Not only will this problem make your household harder to keep clean, but it worsens indoor air quality. The most affected will be allergy and asthma sufferers. In addition to dust, your ductwork could also harbor dust mites and rodent droppings.
Mold and mildew thrive in dark, damp places, making your ductwork the perfect habitat. It can also leave behind a musty odor and aggravate allergy symptoms, including:
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes, nose, and throat
- Runny nose
- Extreme reactions include tightness of the chest or shortness of breath.
It’s not uncommon for air ducts to develop leaks, leading to higher energy bills. The duct seals, joints, and seams gradually start to deteriorate in time. Air ducts made from inferior materials are especially vulnerable to this problem.
It will take longer for your HVAC to cycle off if you want to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Because your unit will have a greater workload, it’s also far more likely to experience an unexpected breakdown. Even worse, holes in the ductwork can attract household pests. Roaches, ants, spiders, and mice can all crawl inside.
Ducts Make Noise
Quiet operation is a hallmark of modern HVAC systems. If your system is louder than normal, the air ducts could be the source of your trouble. Damaged fiberglass joints often cause rattling and whistling noises.
Bottom line: You should have your ducts inspected and cleaned once every two years to ensure proper operation. You may also find that your ducts are due for replacement, especially if they’re 15 years old or older. Precision Tech Home Services is one of the few HVAC companies that has its own in-house team that fabricates ductwork from sheet metal. To learn more about this service, contact us here or call today (732)-391-6401