Unless you live in an industrial loft, you’ve probably never seen the ducts in your Thibodaux or Houma area home. They’re built into your walls and under your floors or above your ceilings, out of sight and out of mind. So when they are damaged, it’s very hard to know. You could lose $100s each year in wasted energy because of leaks or blockages and not even realize it.
But as the old adage goes, forewarned is forearmed.
Be on the lookout for these five signs of duct damage in your home so you can avoid losing money (and comfort) to leaks and blockages in your air ducts.
Rattling & Whistling
When your ductwork makes noise, there are several potential culprits. Your HVAC unit may be producing greater air pressure than your ducts are equipped to handle, an issue that can be rectified with an HVAC tune-up. Rattling and whistling noises can also indicate leaks that need duct sealing or breakage that requires repair.
When you have rooms that aren’t the same temperature, it’s a clear sign that you have a problem with your ductwork. To determine whether the problem is a blockage or a breakage, call Doug’s to perform an inspection. We’ll find the source of your problem and make a recommendation for how best to resolve the issue.
Low Air Flow
There are a variety of reasons why your airflow may be compromised. Your ducts may be blocked by debris; they may have cracks or tears allowing air to leak out, or your vents may be the wrong size to effectively deliver air to your space. The best way to determine what is causing your airflow problems is to have Doug’s inspect your HVAC system.
If you live in an older home, there is a strong possibility that your ducts have become damaged over the years. Most older homes have rigid ductwork, which can expand and retract with seasonal changes. As the metal expands and retracts, the joints in your ductwork come loose, leading to leaks, uneven temperatures, strange noises, and more. Consider replacing your rigid ducts with flexible ducts to resolve the problem.
Dustiness & Mustiness
Excess dust in your home is a sign that your ducts have debris in them and need to be cleaned. Mustiness, on the other hand, can be caused by a need for duct cleaning but is more likely the result of cracks and tears allowing condensation to form inside your ducts. If the cracks aren’t repaired in a timely manner, it could lead to mold growth, which is not only expensive to remove but can be dangerous to your health and well-being.
Have You Seen The Signs Of Duct Damage In Your Home?
There’s no reason to lose money to damaged ducts and wasted energy. Call Doug’s for a complete HVAC duct evaluation if you’ve noticed any of these signs in your home. We’ll find the source of your problem and recommend a solution that’s tailored to your needs. (985) 746-1116