Tight Ductwork: Crucial for Your Home’s Efficiency

Posted On: January 01, 2014

Winter has its grip on southwest Illinois, and you want to make sure the ductwork in your home is functioning properly. You do not want to discover problems with your heating system when the temperature dips below zero.

The Importance of a Healthy Ductwork System

Your heating/cooling system works to circulate conditioned air throughout your home, and then return it to HVAC equipment to be heated or cooled again. Leaky or disconnected ducts leak conditioned air into the attic, basement, crawl space and wall cavities – all places where it won’t do anyone any good.

When ducts are leaking, your heating and cooling system must work harder to keep the home interior at the desired temperature. This puts undue wear on the equipment and shortens its life. It also causes high energy bills and allows pollutants into your home.

Inspecting Your Ducts

Efficiently cooling and heating your home begins with the ductwork. Duct system inspections can reveal a number of problems:

  • Collapsed, disconnected sections
  • Ducts hanging, without any support
  • Ducts disconnected from the vents

Sections of duct hidden in the ceiling, crawl spaces and attic make inspection difficult. A HVAC professional can check all of your ductwork and recommend the best course of action. You can check yourself for these tip-offs to ductwork problems:

  • Rooms that will not warm up or that have drafts
  • Excessive dust in one or more rooms
  • Higher than normal utility bills

Repair or Replace

The HVAC expert will let you know how badly your ductwork has deteriorated and if repairs will correct the problem. They can rejoin sections and seal leaks to save money on your monthly heating bills.

If repairs will not correct the problem, the HVAC repair expert will discuss a replacement plan in detail so you understand the entire process.

For more information about making sure your ducts are working correctly, please contact us at Ernst Heating and Cooling. If you live in Alton, Greenville, Troy or Collinsville, contact us today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hamel, Alton, Glen Carbon, Highland, Greenville, and Troy, Illinois and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about ductwork and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. 

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