Homeowners who experience problems with rodents, dander or dust in their ductwork often consider duct cleaning as their first option for addressing the problem. But upon further inspection by a professional, duct replacement might be a better option. It’s likely that the problems with rodents and dust are a result of poorly installed or designed ductwork, and simply cleaning your ducts isn’t going to address those issues.
Evaluating your ducts is usually a wise move, whether it’s for air-quality issues related to critters and debris in the ducts, or issues with lost energy. Heat and cooling losses due to poorly installed or designed ductwork can significantly impact your energy bills. When ducts are tightly sealed, you can expect to save up to 50 percent on your home energy bills. You’ll know that all the air you’re paying to heat or cool is arriving at its destination inside your home.
With the help of a professional, you can assess your ductwork for common problems that often lead to duct replacement:
- Air leaks
- Blockages that lead to decreased airflow
- Ducts that are kinked, which restrict the flow of air
- Poor ductwork design
- Installation practices that fail to optimize performance
The task of addressing a poor duct system can range from sealing air leaks where duct pipes connect, to a major system overhaul due to poor duct design. A trained professional will be able to assess and repair your ducts, or if necessary replace them.
In the end, you should evaluate your home’s efficiency, energy bill, indoor air quality, and how long you’re planning to stay in your home, in order to decide the scope of yours. However, even if you’re planning to sell your home soon, upgrading the ducts can add value to your asking price.
Need to have your system evaluated for a duct replacement? The experts at ASI Heating & Air Conditioning are happy to help. We’ve been assisting homeowners in the Greater San Diego area with duct replacement services since 1952.