How Damaged Ductwork Impacts AC Performance
The condition of a home’s ductwork is often forgotten on the extensive list of home maintenance needed. Ductwork is not an attractive feature and is therefore hidden behind walls and beneath floors, which can make it difficult to identify damages. Damaged ductwork, however, can have a significant impact on the performance of your home’s air conditioner.
With the full heat of summer in full swing, poor performance from your air conditioner is something you simply cannot afford, so invest time and effort into ensuring that the ductwork of your home is equipped to handle the demand you place on your AC.
Here are a few ways that damaged ductwork can affect AC performance.
Loss Of Air
Energy Star estimates that approximately 20 to 30 percent of the air moving through the ductwork of a home is lost through holes, leaks, poorly connected ducts, and other damages. This loss of air will not only affect the efficiency of your home’s cooling (and heating) system, but it can also increase the amount you pay on your energy bills each month.
Duct leaks, holes and poor connections can be caused by years of regular use or from improper installation and should be addressed as soon as possible to stop a small problem from becoming a major issue.
As air is lost, air pressure and airflow within the ductwork is also lowered. Without sufficient airflow and pressure, your air conditioner is not able to push cool air through as efficiently. Loss of air will also cause reduced cooling.
Reduced Energy Efficiency
Damaged air ducts can also result in significant energy inefficiency as your air conditioner is forced to work harder in order to cool your home. This will inevitably increase your monthly energy bills and force you to pay more than you should be. Air duct sealing eliminates this energy loss and in turn saves you money.
Affected Air Quality
Damages in your ductwork can make it easier for dust, debris, and other airborne contaminants to enter your home and damage the quality of the air youyou’re your loved ones breathe in. Air ducts in good condition can drastically reduce the amount of contaminants entering your HVAC system and significantly improve the indoor air quality of your home
Signs Of Ductwork Damage
If you suspect there is a problem in your ductwork, be sure to call for professional ductwork repair as soon as possible. There are many signs of a problem with your home’s air ducts including:
- Decline in cooling power
- Reduced air flow through vents
- High utility bills
- Difficulty maintain cooler temperatures in certain areas of the home
- Visible tears or holes, or improperly fitted ductwork
- Noises while air conditioner is operating
Las Vegas Ductwork Repair
Silver State Refrigeration, HVAC, & Plumbing in Las Vegas offers professional ventilation and ductwork services by licensed and experienced technicians. Our ductwork services will not only improve cooling efficiency, but can also improve the air quality of your Las Vegas home. Call Silver State today at (702) 623-8365 to schedule residential or commercial ventilation or ductwork repair.