If you find out your home’s HVAC system is leaking air, you may not think it’s any cause for alarm. After all, the system is designed to circulate air throughout your home anyway, right? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
If it’s cold outside and you’ve turned up your thermostat, then depending on where it is, a leak could inhibit your HVAC’s ability to heat your house. If the leak is near the outside of the building and away from the common spaces you want to keep warm, then you’ll be wasting energy heating air that isn’t even going to where it needs to be. The same applies to cooled air in the summer.
Therefore, you want to ensure that your ducts are airtight, and that air is only “escaping” through the proper vents. If you’re worried about decreased HVAC efficiency in your home, then keep reading to learn about the various signs of a ductwork leak.
1. Your AC is Struggling to Keep Up
Got the AC cranked high on a hot day but find you’re still sweating? Then you may have leaking ductwork. Keep in mind, though, that there are numerous reasons your AC unit may not be operating optimally. Luckily, a professional can help you test for leaks and other issues.
2. Some Rooms Stay Cold/Hot
If certain rooms in your home simply won’t heat up or cool down, then you may have a leak in the nearby ductwork. First, check for any other sources of drafts, such as a faulty door or window seals. If you’ve ruled out other causes, it may be time to speak with an HVAC technician.
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3. Poorer Indoor Air Quality
If there are duct leaks in your ventilation system, air won’t be properly circulated throughout the home. This may result in dust buildup, stagnant odours and even respiratory symptoms. In addition, it may appear that an HVAC duct is leaking water since moisture can build up with poor airflow.
4. Higher Utility Bills than Normal
One tell-tale sign of duct leakage is a spike in your monthly energy expenses. If an air duct leaks, your HVAC appliances will have to work harder to cool or warm your home based on the set temperature. Therefore, more energy will be required than normal when air is leaking prematurely in the system.
5. Your HVAC Appliances Need Constant Repairs
Is your AC unit constantly breaking down? It may be strained due to leaks in your HVAC ductwork. As previously mentioned, your HVAC appliances must work harder to cool and heat your home when air leaks are present.
Do you suspect leaky ductwork in your home? Luckily, Woodbridge ClimateCare is here to help! We offer ductwork leakage testing, maintenance services and new HVAC equipment to ensure you get the home comfort you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services.