Air Conditioning Ducts: What and How Important Are They?
Air conditioning ducts are one of the most important systems in a home or building. Higher energy bills can result from poorly sealed air conditioning ducts. An air duct system is a network of tubes constructed of metal, fiberglass, plastic or other flexible material. The air ducts branch throughout the walls, floors, and ceilings of a structure. This is how the air is circulated throughout the rooms in a home or building.
Although many people know what air conditioning ducts are and their function in a home, many do not! This post is geared towards those people! After reading through this blog, we hope it helps you become more familiar with your HVAC system and knowledgeable about the importance of regular maintenance.
Air ducts are the pathways for heated and cooled air to travel within ceilings, walls, and floors throughout a home. Ducts can be made of sheet metal, fiberglass, or other materials. Cleaning air ducts removes dust and any other contaminants that build up over time from the air ductwork. Additionally, poorly sealed or insulated ducts can contribute to higher energy bills.
Things to keep a look out for:
- Air leaks
- If you see mold growth in the ducts or other components of your HVAC system
- Vermin infestation
- Excessive clogging with dust/debris
These energy costs can be reduced by sealing and insulating your air ducts. Many energy efficient homes will have the air ducts hidden in dropped ceilings and the corners of rooms. Minor duct repairs can be easily fixed, however, it’s always best to consult a professional HVAC technician.
Ultimately, the air ducts found within your home are extremely important to the functionality of your HVAC system. If you notice an area needs repairing, please give us a call!