In a climate as variable as Henderson’s, you need your central air conditioner and furnace to work at maximum efficiency. In order for that to happen, the ductwork that delivers heated and cooled air also has to be clean and in good repair.
Weak airflow, leaky ducts, condensation, and other issues are common problems, but homeowners will likely never know just how close to home those troubles are. Ductwork inspections are best performed by professionals, as a lot of the ducts in your home are hidden in walls, floors, or ceilings.
When you suspect there is a problem with your ductwork, or you’re noticing significant fluctuations or spikes in your energy bills, call Ambient Edge at (928) 263-8698. We can assess your ducts and let you know if they are in need of repair, partial or full sealing, or cleaning.
Poor Airflow in Your Home
When cooled or heated air is not flowing correctly through your ducts or reaching certain areas of your home, it’s not always evident. However, there are some signs that your home is suffering from airflow problems.
- Mold and excessive humidity issues
- Window and door condensation
- Excessive dust
- Frequent allergy or asthma flare-ups indoors
- Hot or cold spots or zones in different areas of your home
- The air in your home usually feels stale or stagnant
If your HVAC system is in good working order, poor airflow can often be attributed to issues with your air ducts.
When You May Need Air Duct Repair
Sometimes air ducts have been incorrectly installed and are bent too many times from their source to their destination. More commonly, air ducts have gotten pinched, crumpled, torn, or disconnected.
No matter how well your furnace or air conditioner is working, heated and cooled air won’t reach its destination if it is stopped in its tracks within the ductwork or being pumped (or leaking) into the wrong place.
Taking a walk through your house and following the ductwork from your HVAC system to its various destinations, you may be able to spot problems and needed repairs. However, since much of the ducting in most homes is concealed, it’s likely you won’t see the issue.
The experienced technicians at Ambient Edge know where to look and what to look for. And we know how to fix problems with ductwork when we find them. Team up with a home energy audit company you can trust.
Repairing faulty air ducts can make a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy bills, but it might not be the only needed solution.
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When You May Need Air Duct Sealing
It is common for air ducts to separate or come unsealed as they get older. To properly reseal ductwork is not really a do-it-yourself type of job. Not only do you need experience to find the unsealed ductwork throughout your home, but it’s also helpful to have special tools and professional-grade adhesives and sealants to get ducts back in good working order for the long term.
Similar to the symptoms that you may need air duct repair, the signs you could need air duct sealing are similar:
Extreme Temperatures in Rooms
Rooms in your home that are too hot in summer or too cold in winter are a good indicator that you’re dealing with poor airflow. Spaces that are also frigid during the summer due to being blasted by too much air conditioning or sweltering rooms in winter because they’re getting too much air from the furnace — both good examples of homeowner discomfort caused by ductwork issues.
Properly sealed ducts can help maintain a more comfortable temperature in all areas of your home.
Spikes in Energy Bills
If your energy bills have been steadily climbing or you see a sudden spike in how much energy you’re using, you may be surprised that you’re literally paying to leak air in the wrong place. When you run your HVAC system, leaky ducts can reduce the efficiency of the system by as much as 20%, according to the EnergyStar program.
That is up to 20% more money that you are paying to heat and cool your home without properly realizing the benefits of that warm or cold air. What a waste! Sealing ductwork increases energy efficiency and lowers your energy bills.
It also gives your HVAC unit a break and doesn’t push it to work overtime, which can tax the system and eventually cause premature burnout.
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A Note About Duct Safety
One of the most important reasons to have ducts properly repaired and sealed is to prevent “back drafting” — when gases like carbon monoxide are sucked back into your home instead of being forced outdoors. If your ventilation and ductwork systems are in good shape and working properly together, your home’s air will not be dangerous to breathe.
When You May Need Air Duct Cleaning
If you’ve just purchased your home or have recently undergone a renovation, have the air ducts cleaned. You want a clean start and don’t want to be breathing in what the previous owners left behind in the ductwork, like decades worth of grime, mold, rodent droppings, or worse. Construction dust is also pervasive, so clearing that from your duct system can help remove odors and allergens.
In general, having your air ducts professionally cleaned every few years is a smart way to reduce dust throughout your home, extend the life of your HVAC unit, and improve your home’s indoor air quality.
For anyone dealing with allergies, asthma, lung, or heart disease, keeping ductwork clean can play a big part in keeping pollutants and mold out of your body.
Schedule Your Air Duct Cleaning, Sealing, and Repair Today
Whether you believe you have damaged ductwork, would like to save money and energy by having your ductwork sealed, or want a fresh start with squeaky clean air ducts, call Ambient Edge at (928) 263-8698. We will do a professional ductwork assessment and make recommendations as to what repairs are necessary and what can help you reduce your energy bills and lower wear and tear on your HVAC unit.