If you thought that giving your AC unit annual maintenance was enough to keep your home cool, you were mistaken. Another thing that homeowners need to have checked to ensure that their home is kept cool in the summer and thus kept warm in the winter is their ductwork.
These tubes are what allow the cool air to circulate into and out of your home, and just like AC unit itself, they can be damaged as well as become full of debris.
Why is it important to monitor your home’s ductwork?
One of the top reasons why you should monitor you home’s ductwork, or have a technician check it when they perform annual maintenance, is because faulty or dirty ductwork can affect your health. In a typical home with six rooms, nearly fifty pounds of dust is created. Because an AC and heating unit circulates air in and out of your home multiple times a day, air pollutants such as dust, dander, chemicals and other contaminants is also circulated. Over time, these contaminants and pollutants can build up in your air ducts (if they aren’t cleaned) and will irritate individuals with allergies or asthma much more than usual.
Another reason it is important to check and monitor your ductwork is because some of the ductwork can leak. If you find that one room in your home is not as cool or warm as another, it might be because the ductwork is loose, has holes, cracks, or other damage. Like many other things in your home, your home’s ductwork will decrease in efficiency over time, and may have to be repaired or eventually replaced.
How often should you have your ductwork checked or cleaned?
How often you have your ductwork checked or cleaned will depend on some of the following:
- Whether you have smokers in your home.
- If you have any pets that shed.
- If a family member has allergies or asthma.
- If you have had any remodeling or renovations done recently.
- If you find any mold or mildew growing in your home.
Also, it is important to have your home’s ductwork checked if you just moved into your home.
Monitoring Your Ductwork Can Mean Energy Savings.
The U.S Department of Energy indicated that anywhere from 25% to 40% of the energy a cooling or heating system uses is wasted. Therefore, it would make sense that homeowners would do everything that they can to ensure that their home’s heating and cooling system is working efficiently. Additionally, we have found that those who take care of their home’s ductwork also extend the life of their heating and cooling unit. Not to mention, cleaner ductwork also means that the cooling or heating process goes smoothly!
If you feel like your home’s ductwork might be one of the reasons you have seen a spike in your energy bills, call a trustworthy air conditioning service provider in you area, whether that’s Burlington County or Gloucester County. You can call us at 1-866-953-8728 or email us at info@HutchBiz.com; we have professionals who will be able to check for leaks, clean air ducts, replace them and much more!