Know Your AC: Air Ducts

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When it comes to AC, every homeowner needs to know the basics! Knowing how your HVAC works can save you time, money and headaches. One of the most important parts of that system are your air ducts. Learn exactly what air ducts are and the best way for you to protect them.

What Are My Air Ducts?

Your air ducts are one of the most vital parts of your central air system. Made up of sheet metal or fiberglass, your air ducts are tubing that run through your entire house. They go through your walls, floors and ceilings to deliver air to your home. Air comes from the outside condenser unit and is pumped through the ductwork. The air ducts also work to extract the old air from your home, keeping your house perfectly ventilated.

Common Air Duct Issues

The most common issues homeowners have with their air ducts are leaks. Our ducts are very delicate, and any type of misuse can lead to holes and leaks. Rodents, forgetting to change the air filter and natural agents can all cause air to escape from the ducts. This means that our AC now has to work twice as hard to keep our homes cool and our AC bill is twice as expensive. The best way to protect our air ducts is by getting an annual check up. During this time, an AC professional will inspect the ducts to ensure that they are working properly repairing any holes that they may see. This way, the air ducts will be kept safe and your home will feel comfortable

Keeping the Ducts Clean

When it comes to cleaning those air ducts, many homeowners take the “out of sight, out of mind” approach. It’s pretty hard to actually see what’s in your air ducts, so how do you know if they need a cleaning? Well, if you could see what was in there, you might get a good scare. Dirt, dust, debris and even deceased critters all collect in your air ducts, polluting your home’s air. While you might not be able to see the filth inside your air ducts, you’ll start noticing it in your home. Dirty ducts mean dirty air. This leads to frequent dusting and vacuuming in your home. Even worse, it may lead to respiratory health issues.

Annual, professional cleanings are a must if you want to keep your air ducts in their best condition. Your air ducts are very delicate, so you don’t want to risk creating leaks or holes by cleaning them yourself. The best solution is to call in a professional at least once a year to keep your air ducts working their best.

Treat Your Air Ducts Right!

Do the right thing for your air ducts and call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo today! Our experienced technicians will be able to clean, repair and maintain your air ducts and even install new ones! You should feel comfortable in your own home. Call One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo at (727) 245-0378 today!