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As the Glencoe, IL, winter approaches, now is a great time to make sure that your HVAC system is up to the task of keeping your home warm. One item that may not be on your mind as you think about getting your furnace ready for winter is your ductwork, though damaged ducts can hamper your system, leading to higher energy bills and uneven heating. Let’s take a look at some of the ways ductwork damage can occur.

Improper Installation

Improper installation may cause a variety of problems with your ductwork. Poor sealing will lead to gaps in the ducts, causing leaks that increase energy bills. Improperly supported ducts may sag, causing gaps and potential breakage.

Corrosion

Ductwork may become corroded over time, especially in homes with excess moisture. This corrosion will lead to higher heating and cooling costs, requiring replacement of the damaged sections. It’s a good idea to ask about the condition of your ductwork during one of your routine maintenance visits.

Animals

Sometimes small rodents and other pests make their way into a home’s ductwork. They may cause substantial damage to your ducts in a short amount of time. If you believe you have animals in your ductwork, you should have them removed immediately to prevent irreversible damage.

Impact Damage

From construction or remodeling damage to simple, everyday things, exposed ductwork is susceptible to coming into contact with any number of items. Severe impacts may punch a hole through the ducts, while lesser, repeated impacts may cause damage to duct joints and supports.

Regardless of the cause, duct damage may have a serious impact on your heating bills and the ability of your HVAC system to keep your home warm this winter. Call Ireland Heating & Air Conditioning Co. today to discuss our Aeroseal duct sealing service to ensure your ductwork isn’t hampering your systems’ performance.

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