In our previous post, we talked about the different types of air cleaners and air purifiers that you may benefit from using this spring, as allergens spike once more. Today, we want to talk about another source of subpar air quality, as well as general discomfort and considerable inefficiency. We want to talk about leaky ductwork.
If you use a forced-air air conditioning system, as most homeowners do, then you use air ducts in order to distribute cooled air throughout your home during the hottest time of the year. There is nothing wrong with doing this, obviously. The issue is that many homeowners fail to recognize that their air ducts are actually not in good working condition.
Why Is Leaky Ductwork a Problem?
Leaky ductwork allows air to escape out of your air ducts. This conditioned air will wind up in your home somewhere, so it is not going to be a total loss. However, it will not necessarily wind up where it is needed, and that can lead to higher energy costs as your AC tries to balance temperatures throughout your home. Plus, you are going to run into other issues like hot spots throughout the house, as well as reduced air quality.
Air May Leak Out, But Allergens May Also Get In
With regards to indoor air quality, leaky ductwork is actually a major issue. Once pollutants have made their way into your air ducts, after all, that system of ductwork can then distribute those pollutants throughout your entire home. This can lead to serious issues with aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms.
What Can You Do?
Give us a call, of course! We offer air duct testing services that will allow us to determine if you do indeed have leaky ductwork in your home. If so, we can go about completing effective duct sealing in Loveland, CO. Contact us today with any questions that you may have.
Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning is here for your IAQ service needs. Big enough to serve, small enough to care.