How Does A Bad HVAC Duct System Affect Your Home
A bad HVAC duct system can severely affect your indoor air quality. While there are a variety of other factors that play a role in how healthy your indoor air is, an improperly maintained bad HVAC dust system is at the top of the list.
Poor indoor air quality can cause a variety of health issues, from headaches to congestion to allergies to asthma. Keeping your air ducts clean and in good shape can ensure you and your household are healthy.
What does a bad HVAC duct system do?
Pulls bad air indoors
If there are any leaks or you have a bad HVAC duct system that isn’t connected properly, your home’s ventilation system may be pulling in pollutants from outside. Air can also be contaminated by allergens from leaky ducts in rarely used areas of your home, like musty attics, dirty basements, and dusty crawl spaces.
Creates negative pressure
A bad HVAC duct system can create negative air pressure inside of your home. This makes the unit draw in more air from outside to balance out the pressure. Since this air being drawn into your home is unfiltered, it can raise the level of pollutants inside.
Affects indoor humidity
Humidity is the main cause of mold and mildew buildup inside of homes. Mold thrives in warm, moist environments, especially those that may be found in sections of a bad HVAC duct system. Leaks and cracks can quickly become breeding ground for mold.
Poor HVAC performance
A bad HVAC duct system that is riddled with leaks and cracks has to work extra hard to do its job. This can put a lot of stress on your HVAC system and can cause it’s efficiency to decline rapidly. Not only does this wear your unit out faster (meaning you’ll soon have to invest in what could be costly repairs or replacements), it also increases your energy bills.
If you want to increase your indoor air quality, ensure your HVAC system is working efficiently, and save on your monthly energy bills, give A-Abel a call today! Schedule an appointment with one of our experienced HVAC technicians to get your bad HVAC duct system back in good shape!