Your HVAC equipment is designed to produce a specific amount of air and there are complex formulas to calculate the size and configuration of ductwork that will achieve the optimal balance of airflow that your system needs to work effectively and efficiently. Undersized duct systems severely restrict airflow and are the single most common cause of premature and catastrophic furnace and AC failures.
Excessive and abrupt turns and sagging in flexible ductwork slows down airflow making it harder for air to reach the rooms farthest from the furnace. These rooms may feel hotter or colder than the rest of the home. This either makes you uncomfortable or causes you to adjust the thermostat to achieve comfort in those rooms. As a result, the other areas in the home become less comfortable.
Loose and sagging ductwork in crawlspaces may lay on damp ground, accelerating deterioration and encouraging the growth of mold and mildew in the ductwork.
Every seam and connection point in the duct system is a place where air can escape. This is a bigger problem when ductwork is located in crawlspaces and attics that are much colder or hotter than the air in the home. Think about ductwork in an attic in the summertime. In the summer your attic can reach temperatures as high as 150 degrees. Between AC cycles, the metal ductwork gets very hot and can increase the temperature of the air coming from your AC by 10-25 degrees before it reaches your registers. This makes your AC run alot longer and harder to keep your home comfortable.
In the winter, the warm air in your ductwork is very appealing to mice, cats, and other pests looking for a warm place to make their homes.
These pests can chew large holes through flexible ductwork, resulting in massive air leaks. They also like to build nests inside the ductwork which can completely block the airflow in that section.
Over time, non-metal ductwork can breakdown or separate, creating blockages, or large leaks. Ductwork in attics and crawlspaces are especially prone to deterioration over time.
A poorly designed, poorly installed, or damaged duct system:
Reduces your equipment efficiency and increases energy costs
Makes your furnace and AC work harder, leading to more frequent breakdowns and premature equipment failures
Reduces indoor air quality, which can be especially harmful for people with allergies or other existing health conditions
Reduces comfort by creating hot and cold spots in your home
First, we will ask you about areas in your home where you notice comfort issues.
We will complete a thorough inspection and evaluation of your ductwork to identify areas that may need repair or improvement.
We will explain our findings, including pictures where possible, and provide honest recommendations for repair and improvement, along with a detailed estimate.
If you proceed with repairs, we will apply $99 inspection fee to the repair costs
Isn't ductwork replacement or repairs expensive?
Ductwork replacement and repairs can be costly, depending on the extent of issues we find. Many times, we can make minor and affordable repairs and improvements that can make noticeable differences in efficiency and comfort. We will always work hard to provide options that will balance benefit and cost. We also provide financing options with low monthly payments.