Are your HVAC system’s air ducts creating a scary situation when it comes to your indoor air quality or home’s energy efficiency?
If you’re like many Valley of the Sun residents, you may be unaware that your air ducts play a crucial role in your home’s comfort, as well as its energy efficiency. Although your heater and air conditioner primarily control your indoor air temperature, your system’s ductwork is responsible for circulating the air throughout your home. In other words, an air duct problem can lead to an uncomfortable, energy-inefficient home.
The following are the most common air duct problems that can affect your indoor air and HVAC system’s efficiency.
You may be surprised to learn that many homes are built with a problematic layout of air ductwork. This is commonly seen when air flows through an extended area of your home’s attic. This problem can often be corrected by redirecting ducts to a more direct route to increase efficiency.
Another frequently seen air duct problem is inadequate airflow. Along with having a direct route for ductwork, it’s also important to have sufficient return for supply ducts. Your HVAC system requires a sufficient supply of air to heat and cool your house. Without enough air, your HVAC system must work harder and can’t produce as much cooled or heated air.
Kinks and twists in ductwork can reduce airflow and decrease efficiency. Holes, tears, and gaps in air ducts also cause air to leak out. Leaking ducts also lead to contaminants from the attic, crawl space, or even the basement entering into air within ducts that flows into your house.
Filthy Air Ducts
Indoor air can be 10 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air. Dirt, pet hair, dust, pollen, smoke, and critter debris can get trapped in your home and continuously circulate through ducts. High humidity and hot temperatures can also spawn mold, fungus, spores, and dust mites. This is why it’s important for air ducts and air filters to be cleaned on a regular basis.
Let Bruce’s Treat You
Don’t be a scaredy cat when it comes to your HVAC system. At Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we can test your home’s air and determine if pollutants and particulates are circulating in your home and provide guidance on the best options for improving your home’s air quality and functionality of your HVAC system. We can evaluate your HVAC system, including your ductwork, to optimize your home’s comfort and efficiency. Call an expert at Bruce’s today at 480-968-5652.
Wishing you and your family a safe and fun Halloween.