Have you considered ductwork maintenance this spring along with the other HVAC preparations you’ll make for your cooling system? By including the ducts in the preparations, you can be sure that your system is running as efficiently as possible. As an added bonus, your air quality may also improve.
The ductwork is easy to forget since it’s hidden inside the structural areas of your home. Chances are, it’s sealed and insulated and not a component of your home you inspect regularly. But according to the U.S. Department of Energy, 30 percent of your energy dollars could be going out the ducts before the conditioned air reaches its destination.
Checking the Ducts
The easiest way to check the condition of your ductwork is to ask Hartman Brothers to assess them. Our technicians use special equipment to test them for leaks along with inspecting their condition. There could be plenty of dust or debris inside them, areas where there’s no insulation or large and small leaks.
The technicians will measure the airflow out of the ducts and compare it to the others in your home. They use instruments during the ductwork maintenance that indicates the amount of carbon monoxide in the ducts from a combustion furnace.
Sealing ducts has a high return on the investment you make, especially if they’re large or you have many of them. Besides cutting your cooling and heating costs, you’ll also have better indoor air quality. Ductwork leaks sometimes cause backdrafting of vented gases from gas furnaces and water heaters. They also pick up dust and debris from the areas through which they run and blow them into the air you breathe.
Once repaired, you may require additional services that include sealing, insulating and cleaning. Cleaning will remove all the particles that have accumulated in the ductwork. Sealing and insulating save your energy dollars for years to come.
Ductwork maintenance will make your home more energy efficient, cleaner and more comfortable. To schedule an inspection, contact Hartman Brothers Heating & Air, providing HVAC services for New Haven homeowners.