If you live in an older home, your ductwork might not be compatible with up-to-date high-efficiency HVAC equipment. 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 year. These changes over the years can cause it to break apart and allow air to escape. Leaks can drive up your utility expenses and cause poor indoor air quality. Compromised ducts can draw in and spread pollen, dust and other impurities.
Your attic, crawl space, garage or other uninsulated space could house some of your ductwork. Water buildup can appear during the summer, causing rust to eat through the metal.
5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Ductwork
There are several other clues that can indicate ductwork needs to be replaced:
1.Your ducts are more than 15 years old.
2.Your home is extremely dusty, or allergies are more severe at home.
3.You can’t control the temperature in particular rooms.
4.You can see ducts that are crushed.
5.You smell a strong musty scent when your HVAC unit is on.
Having Stark Services add new ductwork can make your home cozier—and healthier—through improved temperature regulation and air quality. Plus, it can boost your furnace’s and air conditioner’s efficiency.