My household in South Bend, Indiana, is heated plus cooled by a forced air system; My good friend and I have a furnace plus an a/c that utilize air duct to transport the conditioned air, then while I’ve consistently been very conscientious about replacing air filters plus scheduling seasonal maintenance for the heating plus cooling units, I totally neglected the duct system, the supply plus return ducts are largely concealed inside walls, behind ceilings plus in the crawlspace… I forgot all about them.
It wasn’t until I had some complaints with the performance of the furnace last winter, that I realized the importance of the air duct. In South Bend, hot plus cold temperatures in the teens or even the downside digits aren’t unusual. My good friend and I often run the furnace for more than half the year, plus the cost of heating is significant. I observed that my yearly heating bills were quite a bit higher than usual. The furnace seemed to be running non stop plus yet the household felt slightly cold, but certain rooms were downright cold. There was also significantly more dust plus debris circulating in the air. When I called for repairs from a local Heating plus Air Conditioning company, the professional found nothing wrong with the furnace, then she then diagnosed the performance of the air duct plus discovered that nearly thirty percent of the heated air was escaping through holes plus cracks at the seams. The leaks were causing the furnace to run longer, toil harder plus use more energy; Because the maximum amount of heated air was failing to reach the intended destination, there were troubles with uneven comfort, then plus, those flaws in the air duct were pulling in contaminants such as dust plus fumes that were then getting spread throughout the home.