How Ductwork Affects Your Heating System

How Ductwork Affects Your Heating System

22 Jan 2014

Living in today’s fast-paced society, it can be all too easy to put off or forget some of the things you need to get done around the house. But, when it comes to your home’s ductwork, out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind.

Ductwork Affects Your Heating System’s Energy Consumption

The ductwork in your home can make all the difference between saving money and energy or losing it. If you’ve already invested in upgrading your HVAC system to an Energy Star certified one, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the efficiency you paid for and are not losing it through bad ductwork. 

Like all the other parts of your home, ducts age and eventually start to deteriorate. Over time, joints can be disconnected and cracks can develop, both of which allow heated air to escape instead of reaching the intended rooms of your home. If you’re trying to utilize more green ideas in your home, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to properly maintaining your ducts to make sure they aren’t wasting energy for your home.

Ductwork Can Help or Hinder Your Heating System

When ducts are ignored, they start to leak heated air, develop blockages or even collapse completely. This puts extra strain on your heating system, causing it to run harder and longer to make up for the lost heat. This, in turn, gives it a shorter life requiring more repairs. 

Older homes are particularly prone to having improperly insulated ducts. To prevent your heating system from being forced to work overtime, be sure to insulate the ductwork to keep heated air from seeping out.  

Ductwork Affects Health and Safety in Your Home

Not only do ducts affect the energy consumption of your home, but they can also affect your home’s health and safety. Neglecting them too long can cause serious problems with your indoor air quality, especially in older homes. Keeping your ducts cleaned and maintained can go a long way in helping you improve indoor air quality in your home.

If you’re concerned about your ductwork, please contact us at Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. for more information.

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