Ductwork plays a significant role in controlling the temperature of your house. Air handling systems, also known as a heater or a/c, either heats or cools the air, depending on which unit is in use. Air is then pushed through the ducts to control your home’s temperature. There are two different kinds of ducts your HVAC uses. Supply ducts send controlled air out into your house. Return ducts pull old air out of the rooms and vent it outside.
You can visualize it anatomically. In this scenario, the air handler is your heart working hard to produce oxygenated blood. Once the blood is ready, it moves through your supply veins to bring oxygen to the rest of your body. Your body then uses return veins to pull the newly non-oxygenated blood back to your heart. Ductwork matters because without it, there would be no way to send controlled air in or pull toxic air out.
Ductwork that is sized, installed, and maintained properly has many benefits. For starters, there is less stress on your HVAC system. It is not losing air in the ducts, so it will not have to produce as much to regulate the temperature. This also means it does not have to work so hard. When you lighten your HVAC’s workload, you extend its life and reduce energy costs. Finally, the overall comfort of your home will increase. Air escaping through faulty ductwork prevents your HVAC unit from maintaining the temperature. You will notice this as cold or hot spots in your home. You may also notice inconsistent temperatures throughout your home.
There are several ways ductwork can accumulate damage. However, like most HVAC appliances, neglected maintenance is the quickest. The reasoning is that poor maintenance can cause a lot of damage. For example, it will increase your energy bills, affect indoor air quality, and disrupt the airflow into your home. The added strain will also put unnecessary wear and tear on your air handlers. Damage can come from various things, such as mold and debris buildup, impact damage, critters, and age.
Austin area homes needing ductwork repair for any reason should call Green Leaf HVAC and Plumbing. One of our ductwork repair technicians will be more than happy to answer your questions and get you started. Don’t wait for the problem to get more expensive.