Do you suspect you may have poorly sealed or insulated ductwork in your home? There are a few signs that even a homeowner may notice that point to leaks or damage in your air ducts. And with the help of a professional technician from Heating Specialties, we can help you identify any issues and get them repaired to have the HVAC system in your New Jersey home working at total capacity once again.
Did you know that the U.S. Department of Energy has reported the average duct system loses around 20-30% of its conditioned air to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ductwork? Look for these signs and if you notice them in your home, give Heating Specialties a call to repair to replace your ductwork today!
Difficulty maintaining proper temperatures
When you have your thermostat set to a specific temperature, it shouldn’t be hard for a properly working system to maintain it. Notice that it is warmer than your set temperature in the summer or cooler in the winter. This could be a significant sign that your ductwork leaks somewhere, releasing the adequately cooled or heated air before it can reach your living areas.
Higher utility bills
Noticing a spike in your energy bills is almost always a sign that your HVAC system has something wrong with it. One of those issues could be poorly sealed or insulated ductwork since the system will have to work harder and spend more energy to heat or cool your rooms. In addition to a poorly insulated duct system, you may want to inspect your home for air leaks coming from windows and doors or the insulation levels in your attic, basement, etc.
Uneven temperatures in different rooms
Is your living room perfectly heated, but one of your bedrooms never seems to get warm enough? There could be a leak or poor insulation in one of the ducts leading to that room, preventing it from reaching the same temperature as the rest of the house. As long as your vents are all open (and you should keep them open for an effective HVAC system), then your home shouldn’t have spots with uneven temperatures.
Noticeably damaged ductwork or patching
One of the top signs of a poorly sealed or ineffective duct system is when you can see noticeable damage to the ducts or eroding patch jobs. Crushed, tangled, or twisted ductwork are just a few examples of this damage. And if you have ducts located in unconditioned spaces, such as crawl spaces, garages, and the attic, they will likely suffer damage more quickly than other spaces.
How can I fix my air duct system?
Today, there is technology available to HVAC contractors to air seal your duct system from the inside out, which offers a more aesthetic and better-performing solution that should last the life of your air duct system. If you have a leak within your air duct system, some technicians or DIY-ers will use duct tape to fix the issue. While this may be a temporary solution, a professional HVAC company like Heating Specialties can come in to seal and insulate your air ducts for you more effectively. Heating Specialties can also fully replace your ductwork if necessary.
If you have concerns about your air duct system, contact the experts at (866) 923-2653 or schedule an inspection online today!