Ductwork Won’t Last Forever
If you own an older home, your air ducts may not be sufficient for modern high-efficiency HVAC systems. Ducts and their associated pieces—seams, seals and joists—can start to break down around 15 years. They reach their maximum life span at about 20 to 25 years.
Ductwork can also expands and contracts through different temperatures. These changing conditions over the years can cause it to break loose and let out air. Leaks can increase your utility costs and lead to poor indoor air quality. Damaged ducts can also draw in and spread pollen, dust and other impurities.
Your attic, crawl space, garage or other noninsulated space may contain some of your ductwork. Moisture can collect during periods of high humidity, causing rust to eat through the metal.
An inefficient home can waste up to 30% of airflow because of openings in your air ducts.
5 Signs You Should Replace Your Ductwork
There are a few other clues that may indicate air ducts may need to be replaced:
- Your ducts are older than 15 years.
- Your home is very dusty, or allergies are worse at home.
- You can’t correct the temperature in certain rooms.
- You can see ducts that are damaged.
- You smell a bold musty scent when your HVAC system turns on.
Adding new ductwork can make your home cozier—and healthier—through better temperature management and air quality. In addition, it can boost your furnace’s and air conditioner’s efficiency.
Old, Leaky Ducts in Champaign Could Cost You
Ductwork is a vital part of your Champaign home’s heating and air conditioning system. When it’s working well, it delivers ample comfort throughout your house.
An average home leaks 20 to 30 percent of its conditioned air because of poorly connected ducts and cracks in the ductwork. Air leaks can make your equipment work overtime and lead to bigger home energy costs.
There are a couple of indications that your home has underperforming ducts:
- Heating and cooling expenses are going up.
- Rooms have hot/cold spots.
- Ductwork runs through an uninsulated area, such as an attic, crawl space or garage.
- Your HVAC system is constantly noisy.
Chief/Bauer Service Experts can help when your home feels miserable.
Loose, Uninsulated Ducts Can Drive Up Energy Bills
An inefficient home can waste up to 30 percent of airflow through its ductwork. Openings in your air ducts can expand further, reducing efficiency by as much as 20 percent.
Leaks can also draw in combustion gases such as carbon monoxide that are supposed to be discharged outside. Natural gas water heaters, clothes dryers and furnaces produce small amounts of CO during normal use.
Trust the Experts at Champaign when you want duct repair. We can seal air ducts and insulate them too. This can keep you more comfortable and can even lower your energy costs. A sealed and insulated duct system is also critical when you’re installing a new HVAC system.
Request Service Today
Begin by requesting a no-cost consultation with our Experts. We’ll inspect your supply ducts and advise you on the best course of action for your home. Whether we suggest replacing or sealing your ductwork, our work is upheld by our one-year, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.*
Our specialists are ACE certified, which means they’ve earned the highest industry certification. This provides them with the skill to get the job done right the first time.