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Summer Is Near—Are Your Ducts in Good Shape?

duct-shapeWith temperatures quickly heating up, you’re likely already using your air conditioner on a daily basis. But is it working as efficiently as it can? One way to ensure that it is doing so is to schedule professional duct repairs for your cooling system. This is just one of the many quality Waverly, IA air conditioner services that we provide, but an important one.

Leaking ductwork is the hidden problem behind many of the heating, cooling, and indoor air quality issues you might encounter over the years. As such, it pays to know the symptoms of damaged ductwork. After all, it’s not like it’s easy to visually inspect your air ducts on your own. Fortunately, we’ve shared some information below to help you out.

Is Leaky Ductwork Really a Problem?

We get it—when you compare it to a broken down compressor or a refrigerant leak, damaged ductwork doesn’t seem all that serious—particularly because it’s not causing obvious cooling system operational problems or home discomfort. However, ignoring leaky ductwork can lead to much bigger problems that you realize, such as:

  • Decreased Energy Efficiency: Have you noticed that you’re paying more and more to cool—or heat—your home? It’s only natural that you see fluctuations in how much you pay for your HVAC system to do its job each month, depending on how much you use it. However, if you see inexplicable spikes in operating costs—particularly if you’re using it just as much as you did last year around this time—then you could very well be losing air via duct leaks and causing your system to work too hard.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality: Many homeowners throughout the country are forced to deal with poor indoor air quality. In fact, no matter where you live, your indoor air can be more polluted than the air outdoors, thanks to the concentration of dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris. But, if you’ve noticed an increase in this problem and/or allergy and asthma sufferers in your home are experiencing worse symptoms, then leaky ductwork can certainly be to blame.
  • Hot or Cold Spots: In some cases, this is due to the fact that you may need zoned controlled cooling and heating—particularly if you are in a multi-level home. However, if your air conditioner has always cooled your home evenly in the past, and all of the sudden it’s not anymore, then your ductwork may be to blame. Cool air may not be reaching areas of your living space anymore due simply to the fact that it’s leaking out into unoccupied spaces where your ductwork is concealed.

Why You Need Your Ducts Professionally Repaired

The fact of the matter is that even if you wanted to, you cannot adequately repair your ductwork without the assistance of a trained professional. Many homeowners are quick to assume they can just go to the hardware store and pick up some duct tape—but unfortunately, duct tape is not suitably named nor can it actually permanently repair your ducts.

Our trained and experienced HVAC professionals have access to professional-grade sealant, to ensure that your ducts are in good shape and prepared to handle this summer and summers to come.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment, give us a call at the number above, email or

schedule an appointment online.

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