How Proper Ductwork Can Keep Your Utility Bills Down

How Proper Ductwork Can Keep Your Utility Bills Down

When the average homeowner is faced with the decision to replace their HVAC system, having HVAC maintenance or even repairs, the ductwork of their system often doesn’t factor into their needs or wants. In fact, it’s likely that most people never think about their home’s ductwork. What many don’t realize is like the actual heating and cooling components, it also has a maximum lifespan. According to industry standards, the average number of years a home comfort system operates efficiently and to its maximum performance level is about 15, so it makes sense that it carries the cool and hot air should likely be thoroughly inspected at the time of system replacement. Continuing to use worn out ductwork with a new HVAC system is like throwing a new paint job on your broken down car and expecting it to run. It just doesn’t make sense.

One way to ensure it is as working as efficiently as your HVAC equipment, is to include ductwork inspection when you have your regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance. The experts at Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric offer Ductwork Maintenance that can be completed as part of your Armstrong Service Agreement Plan.

Signs Your Ductwork Needs Attention

  • Age: Your ductwork is as old as or older than your HVAC system.
  • Airflow is reduced or isn’t optimal for keeping you comfortable.
  • Diminished cooling or heating performance.
  • Musty smells or other foul odors when the system is running.
  • Unusual or excessive noise when cooling or heating.
  • Hot or cold spots in your home.

Benefits of Efficient Ductwork

Can you operate your HVAC system with less than stellar ductwork? Maybe. Should you? Probably not. Faulty ductwork can cost you hundreds of dollars a year in wasted utility costs by not cooling or heating your home efficiently. And it likely won’t keep you at the level of comfort you would prefer. Poorly operating ductwork may also make home sweet home sound like a construction site. Can you live like that? Yep. But do you want to? 

The worst-case scenario though, is that holes or broken joints may be allowing musty or moldy air into your living space. That’s a complication that may cause both short- and long-term health issues you definitely don’t want. 

To determine if your ductwork is operating at its best, Better Call Armstrong. Schedule HVAC maintenance today, including ductwork inspection, with one of our trained technicians.