Having air ducts that are in good condition and functioning properly is very important to the overall well-being of your household. These ducts are essential year-round because both your heating and air conditioning system relies on them to circulate air and keep your climate comfortable.
Just like most of the appliances you own, your ventilation system needs to be regularly maintained, occasionally repaired, and sometimes even replaced. There are certain factors you can use to determine whether or not it’s time for you to invest in new ductwork.
1. Ineffective Heating and/or Cooling
If you’ve noticed that your home isn’t being cooled or heated as effectively as you’re used to, it may be the result of a problem with your air ducts. You may also realize that certain rooms of your home are warmer or cooler than the others. When the ductwork in your household has air leaks or any sort of a clog, it can cause the warm or cool air to be distributed unevenly within the house.
When you are experiencing heating or cooling issues, it’s always wise to troubleshoot your furnace and/or air conditioner first, but if they seem to be working properly, there’s a good chance it’s your air ducts. In this case, you will want to hire a trusted ventilation professional to come take a look.
2. Your Ducts Are Getting Old
Of course, your air ducts can only perform smoothly and efficiently for so long before they begin to wear out or break down. Typically for air ducts, the average lifespan is around 10 years. After this, the ductwork will start to deteriorate from prolonged wear and tear, and you run the risk of your entire ventilation setup failing to do its job. If you aren’t certain you want to replace your ductwork after a decade, we recommend at the very least having a ventilation expert give your system an inspection and regular maintenance.
3. Rising Energy Bills
Have you noticed lately that your monthly energy bills have gone up and for no specific reason that you’re aware of? If so, there’s a very real chance it’s being caused by excessive air leaks in your air duct system.
It’s completely normal for marginal amounts of air to escape through tiny leaks in your ducts, but when the ducts, joints, or seals have particularly large leaks or other damage, it turns into a real problem. When your ductwork is letting more of that warm or cold air escape, you’re forced to rely that much more on your furnace or air conditioner. This causes a ripple effect that not only costs you more money on bills but also puts extra wear and tear on your other HVAC appliances.
4. Mold or Mildew Smell
If the ductwork in your home is starting to deteriorate or require repairs, it makes it much easier for things like mold and mildew to grow and flourish. This is because these contaminants tend to show up when uneven temperatures are present in and around your ducts, and these temperature interactions are much likelier to occur if your ventilation is damaged or poorly insulated.
For example, if hot air ends up in a much colder duct, it’s a perfect condition for mold to grow. Even worse, when that nasty mold or mildew ends up in your air ducts, its spores get spread around through your entire home, disbursing the musty smell and causing a health hazard. If you notice that familiar odor coming from inside your home but can’t locate it, you should have a professional investigate your ductwork and clean or replace it if necessary.
Your Local Ventilation Experts
At O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning, we can be an excellent resource for customers in the Drexel Hill area that need professional assistance with their ductwork. Our trained experts can thoroughly clean your home’s air ducts, prolonging their lifespan and keeping your home’s ventilation smooth and consistent. On top of our ventilation work, we also offer maintenance, repairs, and installation for both heating and air conditioning systems. We have been happily serving customers in this community since 1955 and take immense pride in always finishing each job quickly and correctly.
If you need your ducts cleaned or inspected or need any work done on your furnace or air conditioner, don’t put it off for too long. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment.