When is the last time you thought about the effectiveness of your ductwork? Chances are, like the average homeowner, you don’t give this much thought! In fact, when something goes wrong with your air conditioning system your first instinct is likely to call for repairs to the system, not to your air ducts.
However, poor air duct sealing is actually a pretty significant issue in the HVAC industry. Part of the reason for this is because oftentimes ductwork is installed by people who don’t necessarily have the appropriate training in HVAC. Although even if they do, sometimes it can be a case of air pressure within the ducts causing cracks and holes over time.
Common Ductwork Issues
The design and stability of air ducts has more of an impact on your home comfort—and even your health—than you may realize. When air leaks from your ductwork, your HVAC system has to work harder to condition your home, and contaminants can easily find their way into your living space. Some of the most common ductwork issues we’ve noted include:
- Improper Sealing: On occasion, we discover that the previous technician who installed the ductwork for your home was an amateur handyman or a “do-it-yourselfer” who didn’t possess the knowledge of how to seal air ducts properly. Improper sealing can force a lot of the air that the system produces right back out of the system itself.
- Poor System Design: The overall design of your air duct system can have a major impact on how efficiently your system operates. Unprofessional ductwork design can include too many bends and even improper materials, which results in an inefficient system.
- Collapsed Ducts: It goes without saying that a collapsed piece of ductwork simply cannot allow air to get into your home efficiently.
Call the Professionals
Proper ductwork services such as professional ductwork design and installation can make a huge difference in your comfort and a difference to your monthly bills. Well-sealed ducts will only lose about 1–2% of the conditioned air they support, whereas faulty ductwork can lead up to a 30% loss in airflow!
To learn more about our ductwork services in Chicago, IL, contact Shavitz Heating and Air Conditioning today.