Most homeowners assume that so long as their ductwork is blowing heated or cooled air throughout their living space, which those air ducts are working just fine. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that their ductwork may actually be working inefficiently, negatively impacting your indoor air quality and the performance of your HVAC systems.
Since your air ducts are not particularly visible in your home, problems with the ductwork can often go undiagnosed and unresolved for a long time. When you schedule professional duct testing, however, you don’t have to worry about this. But when should you consider this service?
You Hear Hissing or Whistling Sounds
A common indicator that something is amiss with your air ducts is a whistling or hissing sound coming from them and your heater or air conditioning runs. Of course, your HVAC system is not going to every function silently. But unusual noises such as these should never be ignored. Otherwise, the problem will only get worse.
A Rise In Energy Bills
Wouldn’t it be nice to heat and cool your home for free throughout the year? Unfortunately this is not the case, but that doesn’t mean that your bills have to skyrocket, nor should they. If you notice that your bills have spiked but that you haven’t used your HVAC system any more than normal, then it’s best to call in a professional to check your ducts.
Poor Indoor Air Quality
Have you noticed a buildup of dirt and dust in your home? Or perhaps your allergies or asthma symptoms are acting up with greater frequency? This could be due to faulty ductwork. If your air ducts are damaged and letting in pollutants, then those pollutants can be easily distributed throughout your home.