If you live in an older home, your ductwork might not be sufficient for modern high-efficiency HVAC systems. Ducts and their related pieces—seams, seals and joists—begin to fail around 15 years. They hit their maximum usefulness around 20 to 25 years.
Ductwork also expands and contracts throughout the change in temperatures. These changes over the years can cause it to separate and leak. Leaks can drive up your energy costs and lead to poor indoor air quality. Compromised ducts can pull in and diffuse pollen, dust and other impurities.
Your attic, crawl space, garage or other uninsulated space could house some of your ductwork. Condensation can occur during periods of high humidity, causing rust to eat through the metal.
5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Ductwork
There are several other hints that can indicate ductwork needs to be replaced:
1.Your ducts are more than 15 years old.
2.Your home is very dusty, or allergies are more severe at home.
3.You can’t regulate the temperature in certain sections of your home.
4.You can see ducts that are misshapen.
5.You smell a strong mold odor when your HVAC equipment is running.
Having Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare add new ductwork can make your home more pleasant—and healthier—through superior temperature control and air quality. Plus, it can increase your furnace’s and air conditioner’s efficiency.