Most homeowners don’t think a lot about their ductwork: It’s an “out of sight, out of mind” problem most of the time. But those ducts cycle air from your HVAC units throughout your house, and back again – they play a key role in keeping your home comfortable, and they require proper maintenance as well. Here’s why ductwork maintenance is important, and what can happen to ducts if they are ignored for too long.
The air filters in your HVAC system can help remove plenty of particles floating in the air. However, your ducts can also affect air quality. Over time, dust can build up inside the ductwork, lining the walls and providing a home for allergens like pollen and dust mites. Filters struggle to deal with this problem since every time air passes through the ducts, it picks up other particles to circulate through the house. This is why keeping an eye on your ducts – and arranging for a professional cleaning when necessary – is essential.
Do your ducts have any leaks or cracks? Would you know if they did? If there are cracks in your ductwork, which can occur with time or due to unexpected damage, then a portion of the circulating air is always leaking out. That spells trouble over time, as your HVAC system has to work even harder to reach the right thermostat temperature, causing more significant wear and tear (while slowing down the heating and cooling process). In some cases, ductwork is not even connected correctly in new homes!
As dust, grime and even larger debris collect in ductwork (especially damaged ductwork), it can become a very attractive spot for pests that are looking for places to hide. Many old ducts can turn into homes for rat nests and other unpleasant pest infestations if they aren’t taken care of. If you have older ducts, or if you hear odd noises coming from your ducts, then it may be time for an inspection and some pest control if required. Properly installed and maintained ducts will be difficult for pests to get into.
Another serious problem for ductwork is the presence of moisture. Over time, leaks or humidity can constantly create moist patches deep in your vents. Combined with the dark, hidden nature of ductwork, this creates an excellent growing zone for mold and mildew – and the perfect spot to spread spores around the house for other infestations. With problems like these, it’s essential to remove both the source of moisture and the mold. There are also antifungal coatings that can be applied to help prevent the problem in the future.
Arrange for Maintenance Inspection
Not sure what’s happening down in your ductwork? You can call Buckeye Heating & Cooling for an inspection today! A professional inspection will take a close look at your ducts to spot any current issues or potential weak points and recommend action (cleaning, repairs, etc.). It’s an important, handy first step that gives you information to act on. Contact us for more details.