How duct work affects HVAC efficiency

You might be doing everything possible to conserve energy in your home, like using a smart thermostat and installing thermal drapes, but it still feels cool in the winter and warm in the summer. Or maybe members of your household are experiencing worsening allergy symptoms or lingering colds and other upper respiratory disorders. What you may not know, is that the problems don’t lie within your heating or cooling system but in the duct system. In simplest terms, ducts are what carry warm or cool air through your house. If your ducts are dirty, it impedes airflow. In addition, dust, dirt, pollen, and other allergens can linger in the ducts and are dispersed whenever the AC or furnace kicks on. This can cause your home to become dustier than usual and can exacerbate existing allergies or make colds and coughs tougher to beat. 

Other indoor air quality problems include leaking ducts or overall air imbalance. When air ducts are damaged or not properly sealed, it causes cool or warm air to “leak” out, which decreases efficiency, resulting in higher energy bills. Air balance is when the air that flows between the supply and return ducts is circulating at the correct pressure. If the air balance is out of sync, that’s where you’ll find cold and hot spots in areas of your home.

In addition to these issues, dirty ducts can impact your wallet, in terms of higher energy bills. A small amount of dust that sits in your duct work can reduce efficiency by 20%, which means your furnace or air conditioner has to work harder to push the air through your home. 

If you question the indoor air quality of your house, whether it’s inconsistent temperature, health concerns, or rising energy costs, schedule a duct cleaning appointment with an HVAC specialist from Atlas Butler by calling 614-681-2167. Our specialists can clean your air ducts or inspect, repair, and reseal them. They can also rebalance your duct work to establish proper airflow. We also offer air quality products that will filter the air in your home, reduce allergens and improve air quality. With clean, balanced air ducts, your HVAC system will perform more efficiently, and your family will experience better comfort, a cleaner home, and improved respiratory health.