I never realized the importance of the duct system concealed inside the walls, ceilings and crawlspace of my home.
Since the pipes are out of sight, they were also out of mind, i’m truly diligent about having the gas furnace and a/c inspected professionally every year.
I know that this regular upkeep is necessary to keep all the several parts operating at their best. it didn’t occur to myself and others that while the heating and cooling component share the workload, the ducts work pretty much all year long. It makes sense that contaminants would build up inside; Over time, small holes form and the seams can separate.These concerns have a sizable impact on the performance of the gas furnace and a/c, but restricted airflow forces the system to run longer and work harder to meet the demands of the thermostat, extended cycles, higher energy bills and rooms that are hot or cold are indications of clogged ducts. If there’s leaks, the heated and cooled air is allowed to escape. Since the maximum amount of heated air isn’t reaching the intended destination, this again puts a larger demand on the gas furnace and a/c; Problems with the air duct increase the opportunity of malfunction and shorten the lifespan of the equipment. It wasn’t until I had some complaints with indoor air conditions that I started paying attention to the ducts. I called a local Heating and A/C corporation to make recommendations to solve the problems with unpleasant smells and excess dust, and she figured out that the duct system was to blame! After duct sealing and cleaning, there was a significant improvement in the cleanliness, smell and comfort of my home.