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5 Annoying Ways Leaky Air Ducts Cause Problems in Your Home

If it’s not one thing that goes wrong in your Sarasota-area home, it’s another. Sometimes its like all the problems just pile up at once.

If it’s not one thing that goes wrong in your Sarasota-area home, it’s another. Sometimes its like all the problems just pile up at once.

It can be overwhelming, right?

But the culprit behind a variety of your home’s problems could be your air ducts.

Your air ducts are in charge of carrying the heated or cooled air around your home. But if there’s a leak or hole anywhere in the ductwork, it’ll create a variety of problems--uncomfortable, expensive problems you’d rather not deal with.

Here are 5 annoying ways your leaky air ducts are causing problems in your home.

1) Leaking ducts cause higher energy bills

Since the cooled or heated air escapes through the leaks in your ducts, your air conditioner or furnace has to cool or heat longer to match your thermostat setting. And a longer running time=higher energy bills.

2) Leaking ducts can increase the need for HVAC-related repairs

Piggybacking off of #1, an HVAC system that’s constantly running due to air leaks speeds up the number of repairs it needs--evenif your system isn’t that old.

Also leaks in your air ducts lead to a buildup of debris in your system, which also contributes to frequent breakdowns.

Speaking of debris...

3) Leaking ducts create air quality problems

Ever dusted your home only to turn around and...everything’s all dusty again! It’s not your imagination (or dust ghosts).

When you turn on a heating and air conditioning system that has leaks or holes in the ductwork, the ducts will suck up dust, dirt and a variety of other nasty contaminants around your attic or crawl space. Then all that dust and debris gets blown out the various vents in your home, creating indoor air quality problems.

4) Leaking ducts clog your air filters at an alarming rate

All that extra debris also quickly clogs your air filter, which requires you to change it frequently.

If you don’t change your air filter when it’s filthy, you’ll have poor air quality and a higher electricity bill since your system has to work harder to push air through your filter.

5) Leaking ducts create hot and cold spots in your home

Ever been sitting in a room and thought, “This room does not feel like the air conditioner is on at all!”

Well, if there’s a hole in your ductwork that leads to that room, that leaking duct could be the reason it feels that way. The room isn’t getting all the heated or cooled air from your system, reducing your family’s comfort in certain parts of your home.

How to seal annoying air duct leaks

While you can seal your leaking ducts yourself, some of your ductwork is in hard-to-reach areas. In that case you’ll need a professional to both find and seal the leaks.

Cool Today uses state-of-the-art equipment and an advanced process called Cool Seal to find duct leaks and seal them without ripping walls apart. Contact us online for more information.

Cool Today is the leading heating and air conditioning company in the Sarasota area. For more information about any of our products or services, contact us online.