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How Do I Know If My Ducts Are Working Properly?
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Homeowners are learning how to keep their utility costs down with energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a top priority to anyone paying bills. But what are the best tactics proven to improve energy efficiency? Air ducts can play a surprisingly important role – surprising, because you probably don’t see, hear, or even think about your air ducts. But keeping them in good working order is vitally essential to lowering utility costs and increasing energy efficiency.

Quality and Quantity

An air conditioning system supplies your home with temperature treated air by pushing it through ducts that deliver this air to different rooms. When these duct channels are impaired, the quality of the air and the quantity of the air will both indicate that a problem is occurring.

Safety Standards

Not only do poor air ducts minimize the efficiency of your home air conditioning system, they can also jeopardize the quality of air that residents are exposed to. When air ducts get dirty, they retain pollutants and allergens – many of which commonly cause respiratory distress. Pumping dust and dirt through the ducts of your central heating and cooling system is a bad energy policy as well as a bad health policy.

Warning Sign Review

Be on the lookout for weak air flow or air that isn’t being conditioned properly. Check for dust in the vent when you start the system to see if dirty air is being circulated. Listen for any unusual noise in the ducts – there shouldn’t be any if the ducts are working properly.

Having these air ducts professionally cleaned and being vigilant about air filter updates are two of the best things you can do to prevent this from happening.

For more tips on staying energy efficient, learn from the professionals at G+S.

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