Your air duct system circulates warm and cool air from your HVAC unit throughout the house every day. This keeps your rooms at the right temperature. Your air ducts are important, providing comfortable temperatures all year. It makes sense to take care of them. Air ducts are relatively easy to maintain and don’t need to be cleaned as often. You can keep your HVAC system happy by including them on your annual HVAC maintenance list. Maintaining your air ducts will not only keep the air moving freely but also prevents buildup which could lead to bigger problems down the road. Are you looking to ensure that your air ducts work well? Schedule a professional duct cleaning service with J.C.’s Heating and Air. Or you could follow these steps to maximize your air duct system’s potential.
Seal Duct Leaks
Air duct leakage is one of the biggest energy wasters in your home, as you may not have realized. Around 20% to 30% of the air moving through the duct system can be lost when there is a leak. It’s not uncommon for air duct joints and seals to become loosening over time, causing them to deform or become damaged. Duct leaks can also be caused by dust and debris that has built up inside the ducts. Air duct leakage can not only hinder your HVAC system’s ability, but also cause higher energy bills, inconsistent temperatures, mold growth, and other air quality issues. Although you can do duct sealing by yourself using duct tape or duct mastic sealant, it is possible to have a professional assess your ductwork.
Ventilation should be kept clean
It is not a good idea to place furniture or other obstructions in front of an open air vent, even though it might seem harmless. Blocking an air vent can not only prevent air from moving around the room but also cause more serious problems later on. One, the HVAC system will work harder to heat or cool your home. This puts unnecessary strain on your blower fan. Blockages can cause the pressure to drop, which could lead to damage to your duct system. It is also dangerous to place furniture on top of an air vent. There are other options if you don’t want to change the layout of your space in order to clear an obstruction. An alternative is to install a magnetic vent deflector or extender that attaches directly to the air vent. This will redirect the airflow away from the furniture.
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Did you know indoor air can be up to five times as polluted as outside air? Because dust, debris, and other contaminants can enter your living space and continue to circulate, this is why it is so polluted. Even if your HVAC filters are high quality, there is still the possibility of impurities in your air-duct system. There is no evidence to suggest that dirty air ducts cause an increase in dust levels in homes. However, excessive accumulation of dust and debris can cause damage to the air ducts and mold and mildew growth.
Book a duct test
You should have your duct system pressure tested to ensure that your cooling and heating systems are working properly. An HVAC contractor can measure the air pressure in the duct system. This can be used to determine if there are any air leaks within your system and also show how balanced it is. The test can also give you recommendations for how to improve your home’s ductwork to increase its energy efficiency. When installing new HVAC equipment such as an air conditioner or furnace, it is a good idea to have your ducts checked. Your HVAC system’s duct system should also be tested when you have a tune-up. This will ensure that your air ducts are moving air throughout your home at maximum efficiency.
Call J.C.’s Heating and Air now to schedule duct cleaning and other HVAC maintenance services.
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