Any defective or leaking ductwork can be a big problem that is relatively common in most homes and since the ductwork is usually hidden from view, it could be deteriorating as we speak and go unnoticed for years. If your home is more than 10 years old, there is a good chance that the ductwork is what was originally installed when your home was built and it could be developing problems that should be looked into.
Most builders will install a common and inexpensive air duct system in new homes and simply sealing them with standard duct tape, which over time can lose some of its adhesive abilities or dries out and starts to leak air.
Leaking Air Ducts can have numerous negative effects on your home, including the following:
– Get uneven cooling and heating in different areas of your home
– High levels of dust and other airborne particles
– Higher Energy Bills
– Higher occurrences of allergies or breathing problems
The age of your home’s ductwork plays a huge role in how efficient they are. As your home ages and settles each season, a strain is placed on your ductwork, causing some seams and connections to begin to separate. When a leak starts, the air begins to escape into areas you do not want cooled or heated like crawlspaces, attics, wall cavities or garages.
This wastes air that should be cooling or heating your living areas. Leaky ductwork can result in an imbalance in the pressure of your HVAC system. Working your system harder could shorten the life expectancy of your HVAC system.
Since the ductwork is usually hidden from view, troubleshooting the problems in your HVAC system should be left to the professionals, like those at Heating Cooling Chapel Hill, who have the specialized equipment for finding any leaks. The professionals will be able to reconnect the ductwork sections that could have become separated and seal any leaky sections. Any ductwork that is located in unheated or uncooled areas of your home should be insulated against heat loss and heat gain.
With over 27 years of experience, Heating Cooling Chapel Hill has been a top HVAC provider, offering quality service of heating and cooling systems. Contact the professionals today for more information.
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