If your furnace runs all the time in the winter and your house still feels too cold, then there is a chance the problem could lie with your ductwork. Ductwork is a vital part of any forced-air system, but problems with these air ducts can cause inefficient heating and cooling in a home. Here are four common problems with home air ducts.
- The Ducts Are Too Big
When contractors install furnace systems in new homes, one goal they have is to make sure they size the system correctly. Part of this responsibility involves choosing air ducts that are the right size. If your ducts are too big, then you will experience problems with your heating and cooling.
Contractors can fix this problem by replacing air ducts with properly sized ducts. When this happens, the air will flow more evenly, and you will see a difference in the temperature and comfort in your home.
In addition to having ducts that are too big, long spans of ductwork also cause inefficiencies with systems. A contractor should try to install ducts that are as short as possible. By doing this, the air doesn’t have to travel as far, which means that your home is likely to receive more heat. Less heat is lost as the heated air travels from the furnace to the vents in your home.
- The Vents Are Misplaced
Misplaced vents also lead to inefficiencies in heating systems. Your heating system vents allow the heated air to enter the rooms of your home. Unfortunately, some contractors do not install them in the right locations.
Contractors should place the vents along exterior walls and near windows. Cold air can seep through exterior walls, doors and windows. By placing the vents in these locations, it’s easier to control the temperature in a home more efficiently.
If you have misplaced vents, a contractor may recommend moving them or adding additional vents to help distribute the air more evenly.
- There Are Issues With the Return Air Vents
Another issue a contractor will examine is the return air vents in your home. Contractors typically place these vents in the ceilings in rooms or up high on the walls. The purpose is for them to collect air from the rooms and send it back to the furnace.
If your return vents are misplaced or clogged, then they might prevent your furnace from getting enough air to use to heat your home. If this is a problem in your home, then your contractor will need to fix this issue by cleaning the ducts or adding more ductwork to your home.
- The Ducts Have Leaks in Them
Finally, a heating system cannot operate efficiently if the air ducts have leaks. Leaks develop when sections of ductwork come loose. A contractor can examine your ducts to look for leaks. If they find them, then they must repair them.
As the contractor completes this task, they may also suggest adding insulation to your ducts. Insulation helps air ducts hold heat inside so the air can reach the rooms in your home. Without insulation, the ducts might lose a lot of the heat from the air transferred through them. This leads to inefficiencies with furnaces and could be part of the problem in your home.
Without the right maintenance and repairs, a furnace is likely to run less efficiently than it should. If you have problems with your furnace and its efficiency, contact Peterson Heating and Cooling Inc. We can help locate any problems your furnace has and make the necessary repairs to help it run better and more efficiently.