It’s almost summertime which means homeowners all across the country may soon start cranking up the AC. But leaky ducts can derail your plans for maintaining a cool and comfortable house this season. Leaky ductwork may not always be easy to spot, but if you keep a sharp eye out for these three signs, you’ll know when to make an appointment for duct sealing services.
- Uneven Temperatures
Some areas of your home may be harder to heat and cool simply due to structural components. But if you live in a newer home and find that rooms on the same floor vary greatly in temperature, leaky ducts may be to blame. When adjusting the thermostat makes no difference and your comfort level differs significantly depending on where you are in the house, it’s a good idea to call for HVAC service to rule out other possibilities.
- Reduced Air Quality
Leaky ducts can mess with your home’s air pressure and can actually bring in outdoor pollutants. If you or a family member has been suffering from particularly bad allergies or asthma as of late and you’ve changed your HVAC system air filters already, it’s possible that you need duct sealing services. Your home should be a refuge from pollen, rather than allowing it to infiltrate! Duct sealing creates a barrier that allows your family to feel comfortable (and not constantly sneezy).
- Higher Bills
Any interruption in your heating and air conditioning system can make it work overtime. When ducts aren’t sealed properly, air leaks out and ends up in other areas of your home. The system then has to work even harder to bring your home back to comfortable temperatures. All that extra work will undoubtedly translate into higher energy bills every month. As it is, your heating and cooling system can make up 43% of your monthly utility bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. If your HVAC costs keep climbing and something seems amiss, you may need to consider getting your ductwork sealed by a professional.
While these three signs can also be chalked up to other HVAC issues, they often indicate ductwork problems. No matter the cause, you should get your system checked out by an HVAC professional right away. Otherwise, you might find yourself overheated and overspending during a heat wave. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Cundiff Heating and Air today.