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How Are Your Ducts Doing?

how-ducts-doingThis is probably not something you give a whole lot of consideration to, but your ductwork is actually a very vital part of your HVAC system. After all, your air ducts are the only way that the conditioned air from your central air conditioner—or forced air heater—will ever reach your living space.

The best way to ensure that your air conditioner is prepared for all the work it will go through during the summer is by scheduling maintenance. Preventive maintenance allows our professional technicians to do a thorough inspection, cleaning, and adjustment of any components that need it. But if your ducts are in bad shape, we can’t ensure that your AC will perform as efficiently as it should for the rest of the summer season.

Damaged Ductwork: A Bigger Threat Than You May Realize

If you suspect there is anything wrong with your ductwork, then you need simply to contact our team for professional ductwork services in Lincolnwood, IL. But how would you know that something is amiss?

After all, the air ducts in our homes are mostly hidden from sight, and we certainly don’t expect you to go crawling through your attic or crawlspace to locate damage—you may not even know what to look for. But you can listen for, or be aware of, the following symptoms:

  • Sudden uneven cooling throughout your home.
  • An otherwise unexplainable spike in your cooling costs.
  • Hissing or whistling noises.
  • Worsening indoor air quality.
  • An AC system that runs longer than usual.

Once you realize that there might be a problem, our team can figure it out for certain. We will take the proper steps and use the right equipment to find out what your next step should be. Sealing, repairing, or replacing your ducts will help get your air conditioner performing as it should be, improving efficiency and saving you money.

Consider Professional Duct Sealing

There are many cases in which the best solution to your ductwork problems will be investing in duct sealing services. You may be wondering why you can’t just smack some duct tape up there and call it a day. It’s a logical assumption, but a mistaken one, as we discussed in our previous blog post.

Duct tape is not aptly named: it is not strong enough to withhold the temperature fluctuations that your ducts go through. If you were to try this as a solution, it would be a very temporary one—holding up for a few months at best.

Rather, our technicians use professional-grade mastic sealant and specialized metallic tapes—which hold up much stronger than store-bought duct tape—to properly seal up your ductwork and restore your cooling system’s efficiency.

Sometimes Repair, or Replacement, is the Answer

In some cases, there can only be so much that duct sealing can resolve. You may need duct repair services, or even partial or full duct replacement. Even if your ducts aren’t damaged, a faulty installation or improperly sized ducts can cause problems that affect the performance of your HVAC system, and therefore require replacement.

Whatever your ductwork service needs may be, you needn’t look any further than Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning. Contact us today!

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