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Are Damaged Air Ducts Hurting Your Heating Efficiency?

ductwork being drilled together by hvac technicianAre you using a furnace or forced-air heat pump system to heat your home this winter? If so, your air ducts play an essential role in your heating system’s operation. Many homeowners think of their air ducts as an independent system, but they’re actually an extension of your heater. This means a problem with the ductwork is a problem with the heater.

Fortunately, you needn’t look any further than our team for quality ductwork repair and replacement in Layton, UT. We know how ductwork affects a heater and vice versa, and the type of service each may need. For example, air ducts can be damaged by corrosion, holes, or gaps that need repair and will affect the heater’s performance, and efficiency. But, how so?

Decreased Heating Power

When any type of crack or breach occurs along the tight air seal of air ducts, it lowers the air pressure within, and therefore reduces the flow of air reaching the vents. You’ll notice a drop in heating power that will not improve until that damage is repaired.

Decreased Efficiency

This loss of air pressure does more than just affect the heating power of your furnace or heat pump system. It also forces the heating system to work harder than it should have to. This puts extra, unnecessary strain on the heater. The drop in efficiency turns into higher energy bills for you, and premature repair needs as well.

Dust and Dirt Buildup

Any breaches in the ductwork typically open into closed-off and dusty parts of your living space, such as between walls and in crawlspaces. So particles such as dirt, dust, sawdust, and even mold spores can get drawn into the air ducts, making them dirtier and threatening to enter the furnace. Not only can this create extensive wear and tear on the internal components of the heater, leading to potential system malfunctions, but it can threaten your health and the health of your family as well.

How to Fix Your Ducts

Your initial assumption upon finding out you have damaged ductwork may be to run to the hardware store and buy some duct tape—that’s what it’s for, right? Unfortunately, no. Duct tape is not appropriately named, and is not strong enough to withstand the temperature fluctuations and flexing of the air ducts throughout the heating season, or the cooling season.

Besides, your ducts are hard to access, and you may cause injury to yourself or more damage to the system by attempting this on your own. Our technicians are highly trained and have the right knowledge and equipment to assess exactly where the ductwork has been compromised, and then either accurately repair, replace, or seal them with professional-grade sealant.

With professional duct repair or replacement, you can rest assured that the air ducts will work as they’re supposed to and that heating efficiency will be restored back to where it should be.

Whether you’re looking for a way to improve your indoor air quality or boost the efficiency of your HVAC systems, Rentmeister Total Home Service is the company to call for reliable ductwork services. Contact us today!

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