When should you consider replacing the ductwork in your home?

High energy bills and poor performing HVAC is a combination no homeowner wants to experience. When you realize that 20 to 30% (Energy Star) of air is lost due to leaky, old ductwork, you might start to consider replacing the ductwork in your home.

Understanding whether it’s time to consider replacing ductwork involves understanding what poor performance looks like. 

Drastic Discrepancies in Energy Bills

Energy bills are often highest in the middle of our harsh Massachusetts winters and during the hot, sticky summer. However, an indication of poor performing ducts is a drastic difference during these seasons compared to the rest of the year. Pair the high bill with a home that doesn’t ever feel cool enough or can’t quite get warm, and ductwork might be the source of the issue.

Home Doesn’t Feel Comfortable

Man relaxing on couch in comfortable home after replacing aging ductwork.

Your home should be one of the most comfortable places – not only for your peace of mind, but also for your body. If your home doesn’t provide the comfort you are looking for despite your efforts to adjust the thermostat, this might be an indication that your home has poor performing ducts.

Observing Damaged Ducts

One of the more obvious signs of poor ductwork is the observation of deteriorated, messy ducts. Ductwork should appear well-designed and built to allow for seamless air flow.

Your Options

Schedule a Tune-Up

Fall is the ideal time to schedule a furnace tune-up. During the tune-up, a Pierce Refrigeration professional will provide product-specific service to ensure your HVAC system is high-performing and operating with longevity in mind. He or she will also be able to provide insight on the best duct work solutions for your home. Reach out to our team to schedule your appointment. To receive priority service in a cost-efficient way, learn more about our Preventive Maintenance Plan

Consider Ductless Mini Splits

You don’t have to wait for a tune-up to start considering your options. One of our best recommendations for homeowners experiencing poor HVAC performance, especially when it comes to home comfort, is a ductless mini split system. The opportunities with ductless include zoned heating and cooling, energy savings, and best of all, no ductwork. For more information on Ductless Mini Splits, take a look at our blog What is a Ductless Mini-Split System and How Does it Work?

With summer behind us and winter around the corner, consider taking time this fall to learn more about HVAC troubleshooting tips because once a storm hits,  the time to prepare is gone. Check out our blog where we share  5 HVAC Troubleshooting Tips That Every Homeowner Should Know.

If your question isn’t answered here, contact the Pierce Refrigeration team and one of our experts will guide you in finding your solution.

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