Is there dust or debris around your air vents? Does your energy bill seem a bit higher or have you felt the temperature in your home fluctuates from room to room? All of these are signs your air ducts could be leaking!
Your ductwork is in charge of carrying heated or cooled air around your home. During the summer months the cool air causes your ductwork to contract, while the heat in winter months causes it to expand. Over time vibration and thermal stress can cause your ductwork to shift, resulting in air leaks. Aside from your ductwork pulling apart or shirting, the condensation in your ducts can also rust and create holes. Because your ductwork is often located in attics and crawlspaces, leaking ducts can go unnoticed for years.
Return duct leaks
Leaks that are located on the return side of your ductwork can cause dust, debris and warm air to be pulled into the ducts and distributed throughout your home. If hot attic air is being sucked into your ductwork your system can become “unbalanced”, meaning more air is being blown into your house than being taking out.
Supply duct leaks
Leaking on the supply side means that the cool air that is supposed to be going into your home is now also being released into your attic or crawlspace. This will result in a higher energy bill as your HVAC system is now struggling to cool or warm your home.
Routine maintenance inspections can help prevent a minuscule duct leak from becoming a major issue for your heating and cooling system. If you suspect your ductwork may be leaking, or have any questions, contact Air Around the Clock to help.