Is your HVAC system not running as it should? It may not be a problem with the furnace or A/C but with your South Jersey home’s ductwork! There are specific signs that indicate your ductwork is due for some TLC. Heating Specialties can upgrade your ductwork to get everything running as efficiently as possible.
Low efficiency (and high utility bills)
High utility bills are almost always a sign that something is malfunctioning in your home, and one likely culprit is your ductwork. One of the first signs that a repair or replacement is needed for your ductwork is low efficiency, resulting in higher energy bills. If you notice a spike in your gas or electric bill (depending on the type of HVAC system you have), it’s always a good idea to call the experts at Heating Specialties.
A noisy HVAC system
Have you noticed your furnace running louder than usual? For most ductwork, each piece is connected with fiberglass or plastic joints, and if those loosen, you will notice a rattling or whistling sound. A rattling sound could mean that your ductwork is vibrating too much and not working correctly. You may also hear unusual noises when air runs through any holes or tears that have developed in them.
Poor heating/cooling in certain areas
Another sign of malfunctioning ductwork is uneven temperatures throughout your home. If one room or area of your home isn’t adequately heated during the colder months, the ductwork to that room may be damaged or leaking. Duct systems can be especially prone to air leaks, cracks, and gaps, and installing new material could be the best option for your home.
Excessive dust (or pests) in your home
Does your home seem extra dusty lately? Has your family been having unusual respiratory problems? Leaky or damaged ductwork allows extra dust and debris into your home, which can lead to breathing troubles. Depending on the weather, you may notice a moldy or mildewy smell if your ducts are not properly insulated. Thankfully, the technicians at Heating Specialties can help you not just repair your ductwork but also find indoor air quality solutions to keep your family breathing easy.
Pests, such as bugs or rodents, are gold medalists damaging ductwork. The ductwork that isn’t adequately sealed or contains holes allows critters to travel freely, leaving messes behind that can lead to blockages, as well. Working with a professional is the best way to rid your ductwork of pests, dust, or debris.
An older or historic home
The issue could also be as simple as age. Like anything, ductwork experiences wear and tear after decades of use in a historic home. If your system is getting up there in age or experiencing any of these signs, it’s likely time to call the professionals. [link this paragraph to the Feb Blog 1 on historic homes]
When you’re ready to design a new ductwork system for your home, call the experts at Heating Specialties! Contact us today at (866) 923-2653 or schedule an appointment online, and we’ll have your ducts back in working order in no time.