If you live in an older home, your ductwork might not be compatible with up-to-date high-efficiency HVAC systems. Ducts and their related parts—seams, seals and joists—begin to break down around 15 years. They reach 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 allow air to escape. Leaks can drive up your energy costs and lead to poor indoor air quality. Separated ducts can pull in and spread pollen, dust and other impurities.
Your attic, crawl space, garage or other uninsulated space could contain some of your ductwork. Water buildup can occur during the summer, causing rust to eat through the metal.
5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Ductwork
There are a couple of other hints 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 particular sections of your home.
4.You can see ducts that are misshapen.
5.You smell a strong mold scent when your HVAC unit is heating or cooling.
Having Becht/Givens Service Experts add new ductwork can make your home cozier—and healthier—through better temperature regulation and air quality. Plus, it can boost your furnace’s and air conditioner’s efficiency.