Care for Your Air Ducts, Save Money!
Spring is officially upon us and the heat of Summer is just around the corner. Prior to turning on your air conditioning unit for the year, it’s important to have your ductwork checked and regular maintenance performed. Tucked beneath the floorboards and in the walls of our homes, many of us forget about this all-important aspect of our HVAC systems. When your ductwork is functioning well, you can expect lower energy use and save on your heating and cooling bills.
Along with routine maintenance to your HVAC system, we recommend a few ways to make sure your ductwork is ready for summer and higher energy use:
Throughout the year, dust, dirt and other allergens can buildup in your ductwork causing the air quality in your home to suffer. Clogged ducts also mean inefficiency, causing your air ducts to work harder to sustain the temperature in your home. At least once a year we recommend a thorough, professional cleaning of your duct system to remove any buildup. To clean your ductwork, a team of professionals will use specialized tools to ensure each component of your HVAC system is cleaned and ready for use. This cleaning, along with regular filter changes, will help ensure the air you and your family breathe is dust and mold free.
Leaky ductwork is wasted money. Not only are you losing the air that is pumping through your system, but you’re also causing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain the temperature in your home. To ensure your system is functioning at full capacity, call a professional. An HVAC professional will walk through your system and check for any leaks. If leaks are found, they may use a sealant or metal tape to stop the leaks or add insulation if needed. If the leaks are due to faulty or ill-fitting parts, the HVAC professional will replace the parts, ensuring a properly sealed connection.
Keep Out Critters
Along with unwanted leakage, ductwork that is not properly sealed can invite unwanted pests. With many homes ductwork exiting the home on a lower level, there are ample opportunities for critters to make there way in the ductwork. This can be combated by having a professional out to check for gaps in the ductwork. Once the gaps are sealed, they may also suggest the installation of mesh screens near the outside openings of your ductwork to prevent any unwanted guests from getting in.
As the temperature and humidity rise, so does the chance for ductwork sweating. While some light condensation on your ductwork is fine, if you notice consistent moisture on your system, you may want to have it looked at. This buildup of moisture can cause an issue such as mold and mildew growth or water damage. Moisture on your ductwork can be caused by poor sealing or poor insulation. A professional HVAC technician can help pinpoint the problem and provide solutions to keep your home and family safe.
Now’s the time to have your ductwork maintained and ready for summer!
Call the team at ServiceMark for all your HVAC needs. Our team of exceptional heating, cooling and plumbing technicians and support staff are ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help ensure your home is comfortable and safe this summer. With same-day service and certified technicians who arrive on time, every time, guaranteed, you’ll be in good hands with the ServiceMark team!