Though keeping your HVAC unit maintained is important, it’s easy to forget that your home’s ductwork also needs to be in good condition. Neglecting duct maintenance can result in a variety of issues that you might not realize. Here are five impacts of leaky ductwork in Upper St. Clair, PA:
Less Humidity Control
Moisture can make its way through leaks present in your ductwork and settle throughout your home. While some measure of humidity is necessary, excessive humidity can promote the growth of bacteria and other organic compounds that can cause illness. At worst, over time, inhaling these contaminants can lead to respiratory diseases if you don’t get your system professionally maintained.
Rising Energy Usage
When there are leaks in your ductwork, the cooled air that your HVAC system sends throughout your home can escape. This means that your HVAC system will need to work harder to get to the temperature you set and make up for the leak. In turn, your HVAC system will use more energy, increasing your electricity bill.
Energy efficiency isn’t the only thing you need to worry about if air escapes through your ducts. Since your air conditioner needs to work harder to cool your home, that can result in temperature imbalances throughout the structure. This will be especially noticeable in areas where the ductwork has more leaks.
Reduced Indoor Air Quality
Leaky ductwork doesn’t just let air out; it also lets air inside. The filter in your HVAC system can remove particulates from the air it conditions, but if air gets in at other points, it won’t go through the filter. Without filtering, the air that makes its way in through leaks can bring pollutants with it, from pollen and dust to pollution.
High HVAC Repair Costs
Between running for longer amounts of time and working harder to make up for leaks in your ductwork, your HVAC system will take a bit of a beating. With accelerated wear and tear comes a more frequent need for repairs and component replacements, meaning you’ll have to pay more to hire a professional.
Whether your AC system is taking longer to cool your home or you’ve been sniffling more often lately, it’s a good idea to get your ductwork examined. At Woodruff and Smith Heating and Cooling, Inc., we provide a variety of HVAC installation, repair and indoor air quality services, so call us today!
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