How to Tell When You Need New Ductwork
One of the vastly significance components of your heating and cooling system is your ductwork. If the ductwork in your home is in disrepair, you may think you have an issue with your HVAC system because you’re always uncomfortable. However, if you have problems such as one room always being warmer or cooler than others or energy bills that are higher than normal, you may actually need new ductwork.
Signs You Need New Ductwork
Typically, a home’s duct system is made of metal and divided into square segments. They are usually attached to each other with – you may have guessed it – duct tape. You will probably be a good candidate for new ductwork if you experience any of the following:
- Airflow problems – You could have crushed, damaged or disconnected ducts if you notice that your room-to-room airflow is out of balance.
- The temperature is consistently too high or too low – This could mean that you’re wasting air due to your duct’s walls aging. These walls are typically very thin to start with, and as they get older they can allow conditioned air to escape.
- Odd noises – Many people automatically think they have a problem with their air conditioner or furnace when they start hearing strange noises. However, the problem may actually be ducts that have become disconnected or loose.
Let a Professional Perform an Inspection
One of the best ways to know for sure whether or not you need new ductwork is by having an expert come to your home. He’ll check for air leaks, disconnections and signs of damage that will tell him whether your ducts can be repaired or they need to be replaced. If they are repairable, he may seal leaks and loose seams with mastic and then use metal tape to wrap the seams. But if a repair would be nothing more than a temporary Band-Aid, your technician will recommend that you get new ducts. If that is the case, it’s very important that duct runs in areas such as your attic, basement and crawl spaces have fiberglass insulation installed to reduce the loss of heat energy.
Call the experts with Environment Masters and we’ll perform a thorough analysis and let you know whether or not you need new ductwork. Give us a call at 601-353-4681 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.