FAQs About the Home's Air Ducts

What Is Ductwork? What Does It Do? 

Ductwork refers to a series of insulated passageways that regulate airflow from the air conditioning unit. They’re the pathways that conditioned air takes to get distributed throughout the house. Air ducts are essential to central air systems, and there comes a time when homeowners might need to call professionals to clean, replace, or repair them. This post will answer some common questions homeowners may have about their ductwork.  

How Long Does Ductwork Last? 

replacementMost air ducts can last 15 years. However, when they become that old, they can start to deteriorate and become damaged, at which point it can be cost-effective to replace them to improve the HVAC system’s efficiency. Factors that can affect the lifespan of ductwork include: 

  • The duct materials: Aluminum and galvanized steel can last decades with little damage. 
  • Environmental factors: High humidity, extreme temperatures, and the condition of the home itself can take years off the ductwork’s longevity
  • Regular cleaning and maintenance: While homeowners rarely have to clean their air ducts, cleaning and maintaining them as needed can add to their lifespan. 
  • Usage patterns: A home that uses the AC system constantly may put more wear and tear on the system and ductwork than a home that doesn’t use it as often. 

What Are Signs Air Duct Repair Is Needed? 

Some of the signs the ductwork needs repair include the following:

  • Energy bills are higher than usual
  • The smell of mold or mildew
  • Unusual sounds from the air ducts
  • Dusty and dirty air vents
  • Poor airflow
  • Inconsistency in the temperatures of different rooms

If any of these signs are noticed, it is important to have the air ducts inspected and repaired by a professional. Ignoring these problems can lead to adverse health symptoms and inefficiency with the HVAC system, causing higher heating and cooling costs.

When Should Homeowners Get Air Duct Cleaning? 

dirtyDirty air ducts can negatively affect a home and the health of those inside. However, cleaning the air ducts when needed can help reduce allergens and improve the health of residents. Duct cleaning may be needed if: 

  • There’s recently been a home remodeling project
  • The home’s vents are dirty or dusty
  • The house is dustier than usual
  • Mold is growing on or near vents
  • Allergy symptoms worsen
  • There’s a pest infestation 
  • The home smells musty
  • Energy bills are higher than usual

About Morrow Mechanical 

Morrow Mechanical has over 20 years of experience serving Spring and the surrounding areas. They offer same-day service, extended hours, and always on-time service. Call them today for ductwork services in Spring, TX.

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