The ductwork in your Rockledge, Florida, home plays a key role in your comfort. Here’s how to keep them performing optimally:
Average Lifespan of a Ductwork System
Most duct systems are good for about 15 years. If your ducts are older, you may want an assessment or replacement before they cause trouble. Ailing ducts can create hot and cold spots and cause drafts. Older systems can even start to collapse in sections.
Impact of Dirty Ducts on Utility Bills
If your ducts are leaky, up to 30 percent of your heated and cooled air can be lost through holes, cracks and loose joints. These leaks can often be sealed. However, if the damage is extensive, duct replacement might be the only solution.
Ductwork and Indoor Air Quality
Ducts can harbor all manner of airborne contaminants. Unless your home is sufficiently ventilated, these toxic particles can pollute the air you breathe. You might experience nausea, fatigue, dizziness, headaches and other flu-like symptoms whenever you come indoors.
Dirty Ducts Can Impede Airflow
Over time, ducts acquire a buildup of dust and dirt. Even a small coating of this buildup can restrict airflow and overwork your system. Overworking shortens the life of your HVAC and makes utility bills go up.
How to Keep Ducts in Good Condition
- Change HVAC air filters.
- Vacuum the vents and the area right behind the grille.
- Ensure that nothing is blocking the vents.
How Often Should I Schedule Duct Cleaning?
Most HVAC contractors suggest duct cleaning and sealing every three to five years. If you have pets, you might want to schedule duct cleaning more often.
The accomplished service technicians at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat will inspect, clean and seal your ducts using state-of-the-art tools and technology. Call us at (321) 248-4838 to learn more.