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When Did You Last Have the Ductwork in Your Orange City Home Checked

Posted on: September 6, 2014

Let me ask you a question.  When did you last have the ductwork in your Orange City home checked?  Orange City homeowners depend on their ductwork systems to deliver cooled and heated air that keeps their homes comfortable in all seasons. Occasionally, that ductwork needs attention, as it can develop problems that hinder comfort, indoor air quality and HVAC system efficiency. With expert attention, you can avoid many of these problems.

Have the Ductwork in Your Orange City Home Checked

 Ductwork: The silent but critical heart of your HVAC system

The air conditioner and heater in your Orange City home generates conditioned air that counteracts outdoor temperatures. Without this conditioned air, you’d be at the mercy of hot, humid conditions in summer and cool outside air in winter. But it’s not enough for the equipment to generate the conditioned air. Homeowners also need a way to get that air equally distributed through the rooms in the home.

That’s the role the ductwork plays. It is like the central delivery system for the conditioned air, helping it to reach the rooms in the home that are near and far from the HVAC system. The return system also plays a vital role. Without a way to return air to the HVAC system, it wouldn’t have enough air to generate cooled or heated air. The return registers in your home help to facilitate the delivery of air back to the HVAC system, where the cooling and heating process starts all over again.

Problems with ductwork

Occasionally, the ductwork in your home will fall prey to problems. These can include:

  • Dirt buildup. Over time, the particles of dust and allergens that float through the air in your home will gradually build up and settle inside the ducts. Every time the HVAC system cycles on, the whoosh of air can unsettle these particles, and push them into the home’s living spaces. As a result, you and your household become victims to low indoor air quality. In some cases, significant dirt buildup can affect the airflow that HVAC system depends on for efficient operation.
  • Flexible and metal ducts may harbor mildew and mold when moisture gets inside of the ducts. Flexible ducts in particular may be more susceptible to mold growth, since the natural folds in the material help to harbor a dark, damp conditions in which mold thrives.
  • In many homes, duct leakage is common. In fact, Energy Star estimates that the average home’s duct system leaks as much as 30 percent of the conditioned air that the HVAC system generates. That means that, if your ducts leak, for every dollar you spend on energy, you lose $0.30 cents. While leakage affects energy costs, it also affects comfort. If air delivery ducts leak, you lose some of the cooled air that should be delivered to rooms in the home. If this is the case, you may notice that some of your rooms are hotter or colder (in winter) than they should be.

Resolving duct problems

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that homeowners have their ductwork checked periodically for problems such as dirt buildup, odors, mold or water damage, and leakage. It’s impossible to know if ducts are contaminated or problematic without hiring a professional to assess the system. Hire only a reputable duct contractor with experience identify and remedying these common problems. Choose a contractor with North American Technician Excellence (NATE) or North American Duct Contractors Association (NADCA), two of the industry’s leading certifications for HVAC contractors and ductwork.

Before cleaning ductwork, the contractor should test the ducts for the presence of biologicals or mold, and take measures to control the contaminant’s source. For example, if the source of mold is the HVAC coil, it should also be cleaned. If it isn’t, the mold on the coil will simply re-contaminate the ductwork. Then, the technician should clean the ducts.

If leaky ducts are the problem, you can hire an HVAC contractor to seal the ductwork. It’s also possible to test the ducts for leakage. Hiring a professional to do the job is preferred, since the technician can also inspect the duct system for damage, test the air balance, and evaluate if the system is properly sized.

Have the Ductwork in Your Orange City Home Checked?

For more information about ductwork problems, contact Jacob Heating & Air Conditioning today! We serve Orange City and West Volusia homeowners with cooling and heating solutions, maintenance programs and installation. Just give us a call today!