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Why Leaky Ducts Are a Big Problem

Air ducts are essential if you’ve got a centralized heating or cooling system. If you’re warm and cozy in your home currently, it’s likely due to an extensive network of air ducts that run in your floors, ceilings, walls, and even through your basement or attic. These ducts simply transport heated air from one place to another, which is how you can have a large home with one heating system at a central location.

However, as you probably guessed, those ducts can run into some issues that cause people great discomfort. Perhaps you’ve got a single room in your home that’s always cold. Or maybe you’re starting to see a huge increase in your heating bills that seems “off” from the usual amount they are. These can all be signs that your heating system isn’t working at its full potential, and that you need duct services in Kennewick, WA.

The Air Loss

If your home has a forced-air heating or cooling system that isn’t a ductless mini split, air ducts are required. Otherwise, there’s just no good way to ensure that every inch of your home stays warm and comfortable.

Ductwork might not sound too important if you live on your own in an apartment, but in a house with a family, those ducts are essential for keeping every member of the household happy and cozy during the winter months.

According to the EPA, a typical house will lose about 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. This is a huge percentage of wasted air that you might not be feeling. And if you’re adjusting the thermostat accordingly so you can feel comfortable, your heating system might then be working 20-30% harder to meet your demand.

Poor Air Quality and Spotty Heating

When it comes to spotty heating, some houses get extremely cold in certain areas. This effect can multiply when temperatures reach the very bottom of the scale, and that’s never a fun experience. Pipes can freeze, parts of your home can get damaged, and you might even deal with negative health effects as a result of the cold creeping in.

Not only do leaking ducts cut into your home’s heat but they also impact your air quality. They can suck up contaminants like dust and debris from corners of your home that they’re not supposed to have access to. Then, these contaminants end up being pushed into your living spaces where you breathe them in.

The Solution

So, how do we deal with such a bad problem? There are two solutions!

The first solution is professional duct services, where we can test, seal, and repair your air ducts as needed. This can completely eliminate the problem for years to come.

The second solution is to go ductless. Yep, you heard that right! Ductless mini splits are great heating and air conditioning systems that work as air handlers mounted around your home. This eliminates the need for ductwork entirely and they’re also an all-electric, eco-friendly solution to your heating and cooling needs.

With Americool Heating & Air Conditioning, your comfort is our business. Schedule a duct testing appointment today.

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