Your air ducts are the distribution system for the conditioned air in your South Florida home. Running mostly unseen behind walls and beneath floorboards, air ducts, also known as ductwork, can be a huge source of wasted energy. That’s why if you have a problem with your air ducts, you need to fix it immediately.
So how can you tell if there’s a problem? Look for these telltale signs:
- Ever-increasing energy bills: Leaks in a duct system are common, as they develop over time and typically go unnoticed since they’re largely out of sight. Annual duct inspections can curb this problem by catching any leaks or potential issues early. Inspections can often be done at the same time as your air-conditioner maintenance by your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician.
- Rooms in your home that never get cool: Some rooms or areas literally may be cut off from the duct system. Many duct systems were designed as a rushed afterthought during the home-building process. You may have blind alleys in your system or duct runs that are too long, and which have become disconnected or twisted. Some retrofitting may help, and adding a zoning system is ideal, to ensure the right amount of cooled air gets to each room.
- Stuffy areas or rooms in your home: This could indicate a blockage or just be the result of bad design. Your home must have an adequate number of supply and return air ducts, registers and grilles for proper ventilation. Your HVAC contractor may need to add or enlarge these elements to balance the airflow correctly in your home.
- Consistently high utility costs: In order to lower the cost of cooling (and heating) your home, you and/or your HVAC professional should make sure any ducts are insulated if they are outside of your home’s conditioned areas. Your contractor also will look for moist or dirty insulation, which can indicate leaks. Sealing your ducts may be recommended to ensure your energy bills (and energy waste) are minimized.
If your home is showing any of these signs, or you have questions about your air ducts, contact Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning. Visit our website for more information or give us a call. We’ve proudly served residential and commercial customers in the Palm Beach area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Palm Beach County, Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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