When it comes to home ductwork, there’s still a whole lot of “what you can’t see can’t hurt you” going on, right or wrong.
And we get it. It’s no fun climbing up into your attic. Most are dirty, dusty, and just not fun places to be. If the light bulb’s out, you need a flashlight to see your way around. Worse, it’s easy to fall, especially if you don’t have plywood laying over the wood framing.
Heck, some older homes or those out in the country even have bats living in their attics.
Still, and no matter how uninviting it might be, your attic is well worth the occasional inspection – even if you engage someone to do it for you – to determine the integrity of your ductwork. You see, because unless they remain properly sealed, several problems can and often do occur:
- Reduced comfort – If there are cracks or leaks in your ductwork, air is escaping into your
attic or elsewhere, and that means reduced comfort levels in your living spaces plus added wear and tear on your AC system or furnace.
- Increased energy costs – As more and more air is allowed to escape, you’ll be forced to adjust the thermostat to keep the indoor temperature right where you like it. And that only serves to drive up your heating and cooling costs.
- Poor indoor air quality – At the same time conditioned air is exiting your air ducts, airborne pollutants like dust, dirt, bacteria, mold and mildew are finding their way inside. From there, it’s a short distance to your living spaces and, ultimately, your lungs.
- Reduced safety – The fumes from gas furnaces, wood stoves, and other household appliances also can get pulled into your ductwork when not properly sealed. That leads to more health risks and even the risk of fire.
Still don’t want anything to do with the inside of your attic? Well, in that case, we’d be happy to climb up there and inspect your ducts for you. More importantly, we’re professionally trained and experienced at thoroughly sealing any cracks or gaps we might uncover, all for your improved indoor comfort, lower energy bills, and added safety. Contact DiBiase Heating & Cooling today to request service.