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Get to Know Your Air Ducts: A Vital Component of Your HVAC System

When you think about the performance of your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system, you are likely to focus on the actual heating or air conditioning unit. The large outdoor unit in your backyard is tough to miss, and you might occasionally get a glimpse of the indoor portion of the system along with your furnace.

But since you probably cannot see much of the ducts inside of your home, you may not realize how significant these are to the performance of your HVAC system, and how important it is to keep them properly maintained. Learn more about your duct system in today’s brief guide!

Air Ducts Typically Leak

Something you should know about air ducts is that the vast majority of ducts in the U.S. have some level of air leakage—up to 30% in the average home. Your heater transfers heat to the air in your home, only to have it leak out to the spaces of your home that no one uses, like the attic or a crawlspace.

You can schedule professional duct repair with a qualified HVAC technician in order to save money on heating and cooling costs and to feel more comfortable.

Zoning Systems Help to Distribute Air

When you close off some of the vents in your home, you often raise your energy usage and overwork the heating system, which is designed to heat a certain amount of space. A zone control system inside of your ducts can help you adjust airflow to various rooms of the home without raising your bills or damaging the heater.

A technician installs dampers in various areas of your ducts, along with a control system. These dampers open and shut to allow more or less airflow when you change the temperature in a certain room. They also adjust to help you heat your home evenly.

Indoor Air Quality Products Keep Family Members Healthy

Another component of many modern duct systems is an indoor air quality system. A lot of debris, mold spores, viruses, and bacteria can get into your ducts over the years, but a quality air filtration system or air purifier is your best method of keeping these particles from reentering your home. Ask your technician for more information.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice about indoor air quality services in Coeur d’Alene.

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