If the thermostat is the brain of your HVAC system, and the ductwork is its arteries. When HVAC ducts become blocked or leaky, heated and cooled air can’t be delivered where it should. Efficiency is lost and indoor air quality declines when ductwork has reached the end of its lifespan. The following are four signs that it’s time to have the duct work in your Glasgow, Kentucky, home swapped out.
1. Your Energy Bills Are on the Rise
Any sudden and significant increase in your energy bill could be a sign of old, damaged ductwork. This is especially true if you haven’t added any new appliances or household members and haven’t made any other notable changes in your energy use. Leaky, damaged ducts could be causing heated or cooled air to be deposited into the attic or behind your drywall.
2. Your Ducts Are a Decade Old or Older
Quality, well-made ductwork can last about 10 to 15 years. After this time, you’ll likely see your fair share of gaps and leaks. While minor problems can be patched or sealed, ducts that are too far along in age are at risk of collapsing. If you’ve owned your home for a while and have never replaced your HVAC ducts before, now is probably a good time to schedule an inspection.
3. You Have Improperly Sized Heating and Cooling Equipment
Purchasing and installing a heater or air conditioner that’s too large or too small for your home can cause a host of problems. Heating and cooling equipment that’s too large will frequently cycle off and on. When these systems are too small, they invariably run all of the time, and they’re never able to create and maintain the ideal indoor temperature. Unfortunately, in both cases, the ductwork sustains a lot of additional wear. If you’ve been running oversized or under-sized HVAC equipment for a while, serious ductwork problems are surely on the horizon.
4. You’ve Got Serious Problems With Mold, Pests, or Your General Indoor Air Quality
There are quite a few things that you can do to improve your indoor air quality without having to replace your ductwork. You can install an air purifier, have your carpets removed or cleaned, keep your pets well-groomed, and change your air filter often. However, if you have serious indoor air quality issues caused by mold infestation or pest infestation, having your ductwork replaced may be the best solution. When pervasive growths and the leavings of invasive insects get trapped in HVAC ductwork, the surest way to remove them is by having new ducts put in.
HVAC Services, Inc. has been providing trusted heating, cooling, and indoor air quality services throughout South Central Kentucky for more than 35 years. We also offer energy efficiency services and sheet metal fabrication. If the ductwork in your Glasgow, Kentucky, home is dirty or at the end of its lifespan, we can help. Call us today.