Most homes in the area rely on centralized heating and air conditioning systems, which in turn depend on a series of ducts traveling through your home’s walls and attic to work. Conditioned air–either hot or cold–is pushed into the ducts from the central unit, emerging from a series of vents to change the temperature of the entire household. Ducts are inexpensive and reliable, which makes them a valuable part of keeping your home comfortable. But like any other appliance, they can run into trouble from time to time. Thankfully, the same people who handle problems with your HVAC system can be summoned to deal with duct problems as well.
What Kinds of Problems Can Ducts Develop?
Ducts can develop a number of different problems, all of which affect the system’s ability to do its job. Problems can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Leaks and Breaches. Breaches can develop when the ducts are damaged, or when the bolt connecting two separate pieces of duct wears out. When that happens, either conditioned air inside the duct is pulled out, or unconditioned air from outside the duct is pulled in. Either way, it means that the system will have to work much harder to do its job, raising costs and the strain on other components in equal measures.
- Crimps and Blockages. Sometimes, the ducts can become clogged as well, or a crimp can form in the body of the ducts. That causes similar problems to leaks. It reduces the flow of air through the ducts, which again forces your system to work harder than it should. It also means conditioned air can stay stuck in your system, which can cause other components to malfunction if the situation isn’t addressed.
- Dust and Mold. Your HVAC system can sit unused from time to time, especially during the winter when temperatures are mild. that can cause dust to build up, and our humidity levels can foster the growth of mold and bacteria to boot. When you turn the system back on, the dust or mold spores can easily be blown through your house, reducing the quality of your life considerably as well as causing additional problems for your HVAC system.
Duct Testing and Sealing Is the Solution
HVAC technicians are used to fixing problems with the heating and air conditioning system itself, but their expertise often applies to ductwork as well. It typically starts with duct testing services, allowing the technician to pinpoint the nature of the problem and its location in the ductwork. If the duct has been breached, a duct sealing operation can close it up: either by applying duct mastic or a similar material, soldering in a fitted piece, or simply replacing the worn bolt with a new one. Duct cleaning services can get rid of mold and dust in the system too, leaving your ducts clean, sealed, and ready for the upcoming air conditioning season.
For duct testing and sealing services in Naples, FL, call on the professionals at Bruno Total Home Performance!