Having Problems With Your Heating System? Your Ductwork Could Be to Blame
If you have had your furnace installed by a professional and serviced regularly over the years, you have done just about everything possible to ensure that your home heating system will perform well and reliably for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, doing all those things won’t guarantee that you won’t have heating issues at some point in your Sullivan County home.
Part of the reason this is true is that a forced-air heating system (one with a furnace and vents as opposed a boiler and baseboards or radiators) includes several components that work together to bring heat to your living space; if any one of those components isn’t working properly, it could compromise the performance of the whole system.
One of those components is your ductwork, whose job is to distribute warm air throughout your home. Three common signs of problem ductwork include:
- Inconsistent household temperatures – Uneven heating could have many causes, including having an incorrectly sized HVAC system. But if uneven heating seems to be a recent problem, leaky ductwork could be to blame. Leaky ducts allow as much as 15 percent of the hot air your furnace produces to escape en route to your living space.
- A spike in heating bills – If you see a big jump In heating costs from one season to another and you’re using your equipment the same way you always have, duct leaks – or some other heating equipment malfunction – could be to blame.
- More dust or increased respiratory systems – Small holes or cracks in your ductwork can pull in allergen-carrying dust from between the walls of your home; once that dust is in your ducts, it can easily be distributed throughout your home. If you’ve noticed more dust in your home, or more allergy or asthma symptoms when you spend time indoors, your ductwork could be to blame.
Noticing these or any other heating issues in your home? It could be time to call in a heating professional to diagnose the problem. Contact us today to learn more about our expert HVAC repairs and maintenance in Sullivan County and keep your heating system – and your family – healthy all winter long.