Ductwork Doesn't Last Forever
If you have an older home, your air ducts may not be enough for modern high-efficiency HVAC systems. Ducts and their various pieces—seams, seals and joists—begin 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 leak air. Leaks can increase your utility costs and lead to poor indoor air quality. Damaged ducts can also pull 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 corrode the metal.
An inefficient home can lose up to 30% of airflow through gaps in your air ducts.
5 Signs You Should Replace Your Ductwork
There are a couple other clues that could indicate ductwork 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 broken.
- You smell a bold musty scent when your HVAC system turns on.
Adding new ductwork can make your home cozier—and healthier—through optimized temperature management and air quality. In addition, it can strengthen your furnace’s and air conditioner’s efficiency.
Old, Leaky Ducts in Portland Could Cost You
Ductwork is an essential part of your Portland home’s heating and air conditioning system. When it’s working properly, it provides abundant 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 harder and lead to steeper home energy costs.
There are a couple of indications that your home has ducts that need to be repaired or replaced:
- Heating and cooling bills 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 too noisy.
Pine State Services 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 may also draw in combustion gases including carbon monoxide that are supposed to be discharged outdoors. Natural gas water heaters, clothes dryers and furnaces produce small amounts of CO during everyday use.
Trust the Experts at Portland 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 vital when you’re installing a new HVAC system.
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Begin by requesting a no-cost consultation with our Experts. We’ll take a look at your supply ducts and recommend the best course of action for your home. Whether we suggest replacing or sealing your ductwork, our work is backed by our one-year, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.*
Our technicians are ACE certified, which means they’ve earned the top industry certification. This equips them with the skill to get the job done right the first time.