Your ductwork moves air from your HVAC system to your home in Jacksonville, Florida. Keeping it in good condition is vital to maintaining comfortable temperatures. Over time, ductwork can become damaged, which can decrease HVAC efficiency and impact energy costs. Read on to learn more about how damaged ductwork can affect your HVAC efficiency:

Loose Ductwork

Vibrations or improper installation can cause ductwork to loosen over time. When this happens, it can collapse and inhibit the flow of air through your system. As the lining pulls away and creates a larger blockage, your HVAC system will have to work harder to push air past the blockage. The harder the system has to work, the less efficient. If your ductwork is more than 10 years old, have a professional inspect it.

Cracks, Leaks and Corrosion

Your ductwork can become damaged for a number of reasons. Cracks and leaks can sometimes occur from simple wear and tear. Renovations, construction, or even pests inhabiting your attic or crawl space can damage your ductwork. If ignored, this damage will eventually lead to air leaks and blockages if the ductwork collapses. When air leaks from your ductwork, your HVAC system will strain itself to produce more air to compensate. As a result, the system heats and produces more air than needed, lowering HVAC efficiency and increasing energy bills.

Defects in the Ductwork

Defects in the ductwork stemming from poor design or installation can also cause problems. Your ductwork could have sharp bends or defects in the material. It might also be improperly sized. Any of these issues can lead to airflow problems and reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency.

Do you suspect that your ductwork may be the reason your HVAC system is running inefficiently? Call Cool R Us, Inc A/C & Heating at (904) 222-6603 so that we can inspect and repair your ducts to improve HVAC efficiency.

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