Your HVAC ductwork is like watching a movie. Bear with us while we explain. How many times have you been watching a movie and saw a familiar actor, but have no idea what his or her name is? Hollywood is filled with well-known character actors who played key roles in multiple films, but many people don’t know their names.
In the world of heating and cooling everyone talks about the fancy new A/C compressors, efficient heat pumps, and air handlers with powerful fans and motors. They are the stars, but if there are problems in the HVAC ductwork, all that star power could go down the proverbial drain. Just like a movie that flops despite having big name stars.
Here is the point we are trying to make: Ducts with leaks or uninsulated ductwork in places like attics and crawl spaces can waste an enormous amount of energy. When conditioned air escapes, it’s not being delivered to the living areas in your home. As a result, your A/C or furnace has to work harder to keep the house comfortable. Additionally, leaky ducts are not only letting conditioned air escape, they are also letting in things like dirt, dust, and other allergens reducing your indoor air quality (IAQ).
Spring is a great time to have your air conditioning ductwork checked out by a Merts Heating & Air Conditioning technician before the hot weather arrives. An inspection can determine if any duct repair or replacement is needed. Merts often finds duct problems can be traced back to an improper HVAC ductwork installation. There may be kinks or sharp angles restricting airflow, or in some cases, the wrong size ducts were installed. Another reason spring is a good time for a duct inspection is a lot of uncool things can happen inside your ductwork over the winter, including rodents setting up housekeeping which can lead to all sorts of IAQ problems.
Here’s what we can do to help. Our Merts technicians can test your ducts for airflow issues including leaks, excessive temperature loss, and even check for proper insulation. When we find problems, we will suggest the best way to correct them. With our training and experience, we can solve just about any ductwork issues we find.
When it comes to heating and cooling your home, the components have to fit together like the stars and the character actors in a movie. Merts believes it is smart to invest in the most efficient (star power) HVAC systems you can afford. But if you ignore your ducts (the character actors), you may never get a full return on your investment. If you recently had a heating or cooling system replaced and feel like you should be seeing more savings on your monthly bills, don’t blame the air conditioner or furnace until you have had your HVAC ductwork checked out. Call Merts Heating & Air Conditioning now to schedule your inspection.