If you live in an older home, your ductwork might not be adequate for today’s high-efficiency HVAC technology. Ducts and their related components—seams, seals and joists—begin to break down around 15 years. They hit their maximum usability around 20 to 25 years.
Ductwork also expands and contracts throughout the change in temperatures. These movements over the years can cause it to break apart and lose air. Leaks can hike your energy bills and lead to poor indoor air quality. Cracked ducts can bring in and circulate pollen, dust and other impurities.
Your attic, crawl space, garage or other uninsulated space could house some of your ductwork. Water buildup can appear during periods of high humidity, causing rust to eat through the metal.
5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Ductwork
There are several other clues that can indicate ductwork needs to be replaced:
1.Your ducts are more than 15 years old.
2.Your home is very dusty, or allergies are more severe at home.
3.You can’t manage the temperature in specific rooms.
4.You can see ducts that are kinked.
5.You smell a strong mildew smell when your HVAC system is running.
Having BW/Cook Service Experts add new ductwork can make your home more pleasant—and healthier—through better temperature management and air quality. Plus, it can increase your furnace’s and air conditioner’s efficiency.