Why You Need a Home Duct Inspection
When your HVAC system is functioning properly, you likely will not even notice it. However, when your system is not working as it should, it can quickly become apparent. One component of your home’s HVAC system that is usually hidden out of sight can often be culprit for poor indoor air quality. Due to the fact that this component goes unnoticed, other systems are typically blamed first when energy bills escalate or it suddenly becomes unseasonably warm or cool in your home. If your home has not undergone an inspection recently, it might be time to schedule one.
The ductwork system in your home is susceptible to accumulating debris over time. When this happens, it can result in seals loosening and tape falling away. Eventually, the ducts can even become damaged. If you have noticed any of the following in your home, it may be a good idea to schedule an inspection of your ducts:
- Uneven airflow – could indicate fallen ducts and air leaks
- Loose ducts that make noise
- Accumulation of debris around the diffusers
- Uneven temperatures – could indicate insufficient insulation in the ducts
- Musty odors
- High energy bills
Duct and A/C Inspection
Not only can poorly insulated ducts result in poor indoor air quality, but they can also cause wasted energy and higher utility bills. A comprehensive inspection performed by an experienced HVAC professional can help mitigate this problem. If you are uncertain whether your home may be in need of an inspection, you may perform a preliminary inspection on your own. You will need a flashlight and proper safety gear before getting starting. Keep the following in mind while performing an inspection of the ducts in your crawl space or attic:
- Be sure to inspect all ductwork that is visible, looking for signs of inadequate or damaged insulation. Any insulation that is damp or wet should be considered damaged due to the fact that it will no longer be able to maintain the all-important R-value.
- Use a smoke pencil to identify air leaks that may be present along the duct seams. This inspection should be performed while the heating or cooling system is actually running.
- Look for any fallen or disconnected ducts.
- Once you are back in the living space, remove some of the diffusers, the air filter, and the return grille. Look for mold accumulation or debris in the walls. A flashlight may be necessary for this task.
- Perform an inspection of the evaporator coil for mold, debris and mildew. If you notice any signs of this, you can typically expect the same to be present in your home’s ducts.
To learn more about a professional inspection or to schedule an inspection, contact us.