Most of us are already aware of outdoor air pollution. But just how much do we know about indoor air pollution? The quality of the air you breathe inside your own home is as important, if not more, than the air quality outdoors. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average American spends 93% of their time indoors. Making sure that heating ducts and air conditioning ducts are above quality standard should be a top priority.
Poor air quality inside the home can bring about a variety of ailments, from asthma to allergies and other respiratory infections. Finding the root cause of your poor air quality is not always easy. You may need to call an indoor air quality expert for help.
Before you call for service, there is one thing you can do on your own. Have you taken a look inside your ducts lately? If they are full of dust and debris, you may be able to resolve your poor air quality issue by merely cleaning them out. There is some evidence that ducts and cooling coils, the air handling units and motors are dusty and dirty, it can cause your HVAC unit to operate poorly. Checking your air ducts regularly can point to issues that, when resolved, should have your HVAC system delivering high-quality, breathable air in no time.
Double-duty Ducts Save Space
The primary function of our heating and cooling ducts is to deliver the air produced by your HVAC system throughout the home.
The same ducts that deliver hot air in cold weather throughout your house can serve as air ducts as well.
Ducts are prone to leaks which can undermine the efficiency of your system by letting cool air escape through the leaks and cracks.
At the same time, the leaks will allow dust and mold to enter the ducts and be distributed throughout the home. Consider having your ducts cleaned regularly by a reputable HVAC contractor.
Air Ducts And Your Central HVAC
Older central air systems, also called forced air heat, already have ductwork, so if you get a new central AC you can have your HVAC contractor connect the new AC to the ducts that are already there.
Make sure the ducts have no leaks, as they are commonly found in older ductwork.
Fasten leak-proof joints with professional-grade materials and secure every joint connection with metal screws.
A heat pump is an energy-efficient heating and cooling system alternative to conventional air conditioners and furnaces. One of the most significant advantages of a heat pump over a standard heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) unit is that there is no need to install separate systems to heat and cool your home.
There are two kinds of heat pumps: ducted heat pumps and ductless heat pumps. If you choose to go with a ducted heat pump, you may be able to use your already existing ductwork. However, if your current ducts are very old, make sure that they are in good condition.
If you don’t already have ducts in your home and you don’t want to install new ones, ductless heat pumps are for you. Keep in mind, that because ductless heat pumps do not deliver air throughout the whole house, there will be a unit installed in each room, which might make the rooms appear less aesthetically pleasing.
If you are thinking about upgrading your heating and cooling system, be aware that it may be necessary for you to install new ductwork. Give us a call for expert advice on how to care for the ducts in your home. Call them for a consultation on how new ductwork in the home can improve the air quality of the air you breathe inside your home.