How Ductwork Problems Reduce Comfort

You come home after a long day of work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and all you want is a comfortable evening in your living room. But despite your heater running, you’re not getting the warm air your thermostat demands. Your ducts may be to blame. By placing strain on your HVAC system and by keeping air from getting to you, ductwork problems can be a considerable threat to your comfort. Here’s how.

Inefficient Size and Design

Ducts act as the route air takes to your rooms. Like a cross-country road trip, the design of the route will significantly affect the efficiency of the travel. You may be experiencing reduced comfort if your ducts were designed and installed haphazardly. That poor design will make it more difficult for air to get to each room and can put a strain on your HVAC system. Some duct networks are also poorly sized for the needs of your home, which means the ducts will be incapable of providing comfort where you need it, when you need it.

Poor Airflow

Insufficient return and supply ducts can result in limited airflow that reduces comfort. Those supply and return ducts play an important role in not only moving air throughout the home, but in moving air to your heating or cooling unit. If the ducts struggle, your unit will strain to maintain comfort. Dirt and dust in air ducts can also reduce airflow and further compound the strain on your HVAC system.

Air Leaks

Air leaks are some of the most common culprits of ductwork-related comfort problems. Holes, gaps, and poor sealing can result in air leaks that allow conditioned and heated air to escape your ducts and for outside air to enter the airflow. That exchange cuts on comfort and strains your HVAC system, resulting in further discomfort. Air can also seep out of your ducts if they are not properly insulated.

Don’t let ductwork problems keep you from the comfort you deserve. To have your ductwork inspected and repaired, call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Baton Rouge at (225) 320-4162.