Staying on top of HVAC maintenance is important. You probably already know this. Quite simply, by practicing basic upkeep (and scheduling repairs when necessary), you’ll ensure your system works as efficiently as possible for as long as possible.
That said, it’s easy to overlook certain components of your system when performing maintenance, like your ductwork. After you’ve lived in a home for some time, ductwork can begin to “blend in with the background,” which is understandable. However, you can’t neglect proper ductwork maintenance. The following are key reasons why.
Why Staying on Top of HVAC Ductwork Maintenance is Essential
Your HVAC ductwork is just like any other component of your overall HVAC system: it can begin to fail over time. There are several reasons this may happen. Unfortunately, when it does, loss of efficiency is often one of the primary consequences.
For instance, ductwork that hasn’t been maintained correctly will sometimes develop leaks. Your system will have to work harder to cool your home as a result.
The loss of efficiency will lead to rising utility bills in the short term. In the long run, it will weaken your system. An overburdened HVAC system is more likely to break down than a system that’s operating at peak efficiency. In other words, failing to maintain your ductwork could result in a sudden loss of AC in the middle of a heatwave.
It could also force you to replace your system earlier than expected. The more wear-and-tear you put your HVAC equipment, the shorter its lifespan will be.
HVAC ductwork maintenance isn’t merely a chore. It’s a means of saving money.
Keeping it Clean
It’s worth noting that you may not be able to handle all ductwork maintenance tasks on your own. Certain jobs require the assistance of professionals. Ductwork cleaning is one of them.
That said, it’s a good idea to schedule HVAC ductwork cleaning services regularly. Doing so guards against several potential consequences.
One is related to your health and comfort. When ductwork isn’t cleaned regularly, various contaminants build up inside of it. Turn your AC on, and these contaminants get sent straight into your home. The negative impact this has on your indoor air quality will be quite noticeable.
On top of that, if debris and contaminants accumulate to a substantial degree, blockages may develop. This once again reduces your system’s efficiency. Guard against such problems by contacting Easy A/C to schedule ductwork cleaning services consistently.
No one who lives in Florida needs to be told how hot it can get here. While this is a beautiful state in which to live, it can get very uncomfortable when you don’t have working AC.
This is another reason it’s important to stay on top of ductwork maintenance and ductwork repairs. When your ductwork leaks or begins to fail, again, your AC won’t cool your home as effectively.
Don’t let your comfort suffer. Develop a ductwork maintenance plan and stick to it.
Not sure what steps to include in your plan? During our next visit, one of our technicians will gladly answer your questions on the subject.
Maintaining Your Home’s Value
You may choose to sell your home one day. If you do, you’ll be more likely to get the best offer from potential buyers if you consider what they are looking for in a home.
Few people want to buy a house that hasn’t been properly maintained. They know they’ll need to spend much of their own time and money making essential repairs.
If you were trying to sell your home, but it was apparent your HVAC system needed ductwork repairs, you might struggle to find a buyer. Even if you do, the odds are good they won’t make the best possible offer. However, if all components of your HVAC system are in good condition, selling your home will be much easier. This is yet another way in which maintaining your ductwork is good for your bank account in the long run.
Avoiding Repair Bills
There may be times when it’s necessary to schedule HVAC ductwork repair service. Don’t procrastinate when this happens. The longer you wait to schedule repairs, the worse the problem will likely get.
That said, repairs are only necessary when your ductwork isn’t functioning properly or has begun to break down. That’s less likely to happen if you maintain it properly. Once again, you’ll save a lot of money if you simply prioritize upkeep.
Ductwork Maintenance: What You Can Do
Knowing you need to maintain your ductworkisn’t the same as knowing how to do so. Again, our technicians will gladly discuss this topic with you the next time we stop by to provide a service.
In the meantime, however, the following are a few steps you can take to keep your HVAC ductwork in good shape:
Monitor Utility Bills
Remember, rising utility bills are a good sign there’s something wrong with your ductwork (or another component of your HVAC system). Pay attention to them, and schedule an inspection with one of our experts if you notice an unexpected increase.
Don’t Obstruct Air Vents
Obstructing vents with large objects (such as a piece of furniture) naturally obstructs the airflow and reduces your system’s efficiency. This can result in damage to a number of components. Thus, it’s important not to obstruct air vents.
Schedule Regular Inspections
You need professional expertise to inspect HVAC ductwork thoroughly. If you don’t have the proper experience, you may overlook signs of a problem.
It’s a particularly good idea to schedule inspections before the warm season arrives. If repairs are needed, you want to make them sooner rather than later.
Luckily, our team at Easy AC provides trustworthy HVAC ductwork maintenance and 24 hour AC repair services to homeowners throughout the Tampa Bay area. We’ll help you keep yours in the best possible shape. To learn more, contact us online today.