AC Anatomy: Air Ducts

When it comes to your air conditioner, understanding the lingo will not only help keep you comfortable, it can save your money too! In this week’s AC Anatomy, we’ll be going over the air ducts. For most homeowners, air ducts are “out of sight, out of mind.” However, not properly maintaining this vital part of your HVAC system can lead to some major issues for your home’s comfort.

What Are Air Ducts?

Air ducts are round or square tubing that is generally made of sheet metal or fiberglass. They are the part of your HVAC system that is in charge of supplying air throughout your home. They run throughout your home’s walls to deliver AC. Air is pumped from the outdoor condenser, then goes through your air ducts. While air ducts are vital for delivering air, they are also just as important for ventilating your home.

If properly maintained, your air ducts will keep your family comfortable for many years. However, neglecting your air ducts may lead to expensive problems or prevent air from reaching your home.

Air Duct Leaks

Old air ducts that have not been properly maintained can start to deteriorate. Holes, cracks and leaks can form over time. These gaps let out the air your AC is trying to send to your home. This leads to a less comfortable home, and a higher electricity bill.

Air duct leaks can come from a variety of places. If your home has recently suffered structural damage, such as a hurricane or earthquake, there might be damage to the air ducts. Rodents and other critters also can chew through the air ducts, causing leaks. However, the most common source of major leaks is homeowners’ negligence. Not properly running or maintaining your air conditioner is the top cause of air duct leaks.

Air Duct Cleaning

The best way to keep your air ducts working at peak performance to have them regularly serviced by an HVAC professional. Dust, debris and other pollutants gather up in your air ducts. Dirty ducts leads to poor air quality and stop the air from reaching your home.

To get the most out of your air ducts, you need to schedule biannual maintenance. At Engineered Air, we make HVAC maintenance easy with our Maintenance Agreement Plan. Our NATE certified technicians will make sure your entire system is clean and running smoothly. Don’t wait, call today and schedule your AC maintenance. And for more information on the Engineered Air Maintenance Agreement Plan, check out our website here!