When home heating and cooling costs start to rise, most homeowners go through a process that flows something like this:
- Check the thermostats.
- Become more diligent in adjusting thermostats before going to bed or when you’re the last one out the door.
- Not the thermostats? Hmm, Let’s check the air filter. That seems okay, too.
- How old is our system? Maybe it’s time to replace it.
- Hang on a sec, maybe more and more air is escaping around windows and doors.
Let’s stop right there because, in the last item on the list above there’s a clue: air escaping. You know where else conditioned air can escape? From your air ducts.
For most people in our area, air ducts are in the attic: out of sight, out of mind? Well, it’s time to pay them more attention and inspect them periodically, because leaks, cracks, and separations are extremely common. When any such situation occurs, not only does conditioned air escape – thus driving up energy costs – but dirt and dust enter, head to your living spaces, and cause air quality problems.
If you spot compromised ductwork, have them more fully inspected and repaired, as needed. It might even be necessary to replace one or more sections.
Still, here’s the bottom line: you’ll save far more on heating and cooling costs than any ductwork repair issue might cost.
For more information or help with your home heating or cooling system, contact Correct Temp today.