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Have Your Air Ducts Tested This Spring

ducts-in-atticIf you noticed any problems with uneven heating, subpar indoor air quality, or high heating costs this winter, and you use a forced air heating system such as a furnace or a heat pump, then leaky ductwork may be to blame. If you use a radiant heating system, but are starting to think about your central AC as we move toward the end of the heating season, you may want to have your ducts tested. It doesn’t matter if you use air ducts in both heating and cooling your home, or just for one or the other. They play a major role in your home, and must be kept in outstanding working condition. That is why we offer both duct testing and duct sealing in Des Moines, IL.

Just because your air ducts are hidden away from view does not mean that you can afford to put them out of mind. Doing so only it makes it more likely that existing problems with your air ducts will get worse. Consider the following tips and information, and be sure to let the indoor air quality experts on our team address any issues with your air ducts.

When to Schedule Duct Testing

Unlike basic HVAC maintenance, which should be completed on an annual basis, there is no hard or fast rule regarding duct testing. If you have been in your home for years and have never had your air ducts evaluated, then it is probably a good idea to have them tested. That being said, most homeowners simply schedule professional duct testing when they notice symptoms of a problem. These may include the following.

  • Decreased energy efficiency, as the AC/heater is forced to work harder than it should have to in order to distribute conditioned air throughout the house.
  • Hot or cold spots, as the ducts servicing those spots are compromised.
  • Plummeting indoor air quality, as dust and dirt enter damaged ductwork and are distributed throughout the house.
  • Noisy operation, as air escapes the ducts.

How Does It Work?

If you are concerned about a giant mess being made as we expose all of the ducts in your home, think again. This is not at all how duct testing actually works. Instead, we seal off your air ducts at all except one point of access. We hook a finely calibrated fan up to this access point, and then pressurize your air ducts. Looking at the difference between the fan’s pressurization and the actual pressure within the ductwork allows us to determine if there are issues with leaks.

What’s Next?

Should we find that your air ducts are in bad shape, we can get them back on the right track. Our professional duct sealing services will ensure that your ducts are sealed up tight, allowing you to enjoy the best heating and air conditioning performances possible. Just remember that you can never slap some duct tape on a leak and call it a day. Professional duct sealing services are a must for a job done right.

Contact Schaal Heating and Cooling to have your air ducts cared for properly.

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