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Do you ever think about how lucky you are to be able to sit through a cold winter day in your cozy home, through a hot summer day in your cool home, and to simply be able to breathe clean, fresh air on a daily basis? All of this is due to the air ducts in your home doing what they are supposed to be doing. The purpose of air ducts is to serve as a passage for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in your home. Knowing that, it makes sense to say that having clean, properly maintained air ducts is something that should be of key importance in every home. With time, however, your ductwork can begin to wear down, resulting in things such as air leaks. In the long run, this can cost you a considerable amount of money due to a drop in efficiency. Keeping that in mind, our team of expert HVAC technicians at Mighty Air Inc. have put together a list consisting of a few signs indicating you likely need an air duct replacement.
Your HVAC System Is Noisy
Don’t get mistaken – your HVAC system is supposed to make noise when it’s functioning. There is a line, however, that separates a regular noise level from an overly loud (and problem-indicating) noise level. If you notice that your HVAC system is vibrating and causing rattling sounds when working to cool or heat your home, chances are there is something that’s causing your HVAC system to work harder than it needs to be. These noises can also be an indicator of some damage along your air ducts. If ignored, the damage to your ducts will only get worse, leading to more noise and a less-efficient HVAC system overall.
Uneven Heating And/Or Cooling
If you notice that some rooms in your home are warmer or cooler with respect to the rest of the house, then there is a good chance that there is a problem with your home’s air ducts. If suspicion arises, simply use a home thermometer and check for any drastic fluctuations between rooms. Uneven heating and/or cooling is often the result of significant leaks in your ductwork. This means that a lot of the air won’t get to where it’s supposed to go, resulting in an inefficient HVAC system. This is often a clear indicator that you need an air duct replacement.
Unusually High Energy Bills
As a homeowner, your goal is to keep bills low. However, if your home’s ductwork becomes damaged or wears overtime, then your HVAC system will have to deal with problems such as air leaks and air blockages. When this happens, your HVAC system is forced to work harder than usual, consuming more energy in an attempt to provide your home with the same results as when it was in good condition. This can lead to significant raises in energy bills as time goes on and your ductwork becomes more damaged. With that said, a noticeable increase in your energy bills can be an indicator that you need an air duct replacement.
You Smell Mold And Other Foul Odours
You’ve probably heard that mold in your home can be a serious health concern. This is because, other than causing unpleasant odours, inhaling mold spores can cause serious allergic reactions and even lead to severe health complications with enough exposure. When there is a significant buildup of mold in your ductwork, your HVAC system will push mold spores and foul odours all around your home, lowering your quality of life. Although your ducts can be cleaned, a complete air duct replacement is the one way to make sure that you get rid of all the mold lingering in your ductwork. If you notice an odd odour coming from your air ducts or notice your allergies acting up more than usual, contact a professional HVAC technician to inspect your air ducts as soon as possible.
Having damaged, dirty, or worn down air ducts in your home is only going to lead to complications down the road. These complications can include increased energy bills, lower quality of life, and potential health threats. Knowing that, if you suspect that your air ducts need to be replaced or you simply want them inspected, contact our team of professional HVAC technicians at Mighty Air Inc. and we will be more than happy to provide you with an air duct replacement in no time.