There are a lot of factors that affect the indoor air quality in your home, ranging from dust particles to pollutants that find their way into your home. What most homeowners don’t realize is that these harmful particles often come about from leaky air ducts and a faulty ventilation system.
Air ducts are often out of sight, but they should never be out of mind. In this post, Air Pro Inc. shares how leaky or damaged duct systems can lower indoor air quality and what you can do about it.
Duct Leaks Let in Contaminants
The presence of a leak or hole in the return ducts of your air conditioner or HVAC system will cause the unit to pull contaminated air in from the outside and distribute it throughout your house. As a result, the very system that’s supposed to keep your air clean and crisp may be the one causing a dip in your home’s indoor air quality.
Leaks also cause moisture buildup within the ducts, which in turn causes mold and mildew to proliferate. The high risk of pollutant contamination is the reason why you should always have your local air conditioning contractor check your home’s vent systems, especially if you have an older unit.
Leaks Cause Hot and Cold Spots
If there’s a leak or hole in the ductwork that leads to a room, that space isn’t receiving all of the heated or cooled air it’s supposed to. The resulting hot and cold spots reduce comfort and can contribute to deteriorating air quality in the room.
Leaks Negatively Affect Energy Efficiency
When there’s a leak in your vents or air ducts, it puts increased pressure on the HVAC unit that’s often more than it can handle. In addition to causing performance issues that lead to the necessity for more frequent maintenance, leaks also result in increased energy consumption, and are often the culprit when there’s a spike in your energy bills. This higher energy usage will only increase if these holes aren’t repaired immediately.
Carbon Monoxide Build-Up
Since most leaks happen in an enclosed space, radon gas that normally moves around your house can build up and accumulate to levels that can prove toxic and harmful to your health. This risk is one of the reasons why we always recommend installing a carbon monoxide detector as part of the air conditioning repair service we offer.
Fortunately, the dangers leaks present to your home are easily taken care of with regular inspections and maintenance. It’s always a good idea to address even the smallest of leaks so that they don’t become bigger problems in the future.
Air Pro Inc. is Albuquerque’s leading provider of air conditioning maintenance, furnace repair and air duct sealing repairs. Call us at (505) 224-2806 to learn more. You may also fill our contact form to schedule an appointment with us.