3 Tricks For Figuring Out If Your Ductwork Needs To Be Replaced

Ductwork is not something you probably think about often. It’s usually hidden in crawlspaces, attics, inside walls, floors and ceilings. But it’s important to think of ductwork just like you would water pipes; you want to spot the small leaks before they become a big problem.

If there are leaks in your ductwork, it means you’re not getting the efficiency out of your HVAC system you thought you were and it might be time for repair or replacement of the ductwork. At H&S Heating and Air Conditioning, we actually fabricate ductwork in our own shop, so we can customize it to fit your specific system; we don’t believe in “one size fits all.”

Contact us today to learn more about repairing or replacing your ductwork!

3 Tricks For Figuring Out If Your Ductwork Needs To Be Replaced

1. Determine The Age Of Your Ductsfabrication

Did you have the ductwork installed yourself? If not, it may be difficult to know what year it was installed, unless you are in communication with the previous owner.

If the ducts were installed with the construction of the home, they may need to be replaced within as few as 10 years. If they were replaced at one point, they typically last 15-20 years, with regular maintenance.

2. Visually Inspect Ducts

It’s vital to inspect your ducts on occasion, if they are visible to you. Many ducts are hidden in walls, floors, ceilings and other spaces. If you can find them though, you may be able to spot cracks as well as places where the ducts are separating from each other. Another dead giveaway is streaks of dust along the duct, which indicates an airflow.

Obviously, this is only part of an inspection process, but it is part of the inspection process you can do on your own.

3. Have Airflow/Efficiency Evaluated

The other part of the inspection process is to have a HVAC technician evaluate the airflow and efficiency of your ductwork. They will conduct a duct blower test to pressurize the system, then use sensors to figure out where and what size any leaks are.

Leaking ducts can have a number of negative effects: uneven cooling and heating; higher levels of dust and particles; higher energy bills; and, higher incidence of allergy and breathing difficulty symptoms.

A H&S Heating and Air Conditioning, we have nearly 30 years of experience in HVAC in central Minnesota, as well as our own ductwork fabrication shop. Contact us anytime to help with your duct replacement or repair!

Winter Is Coming: 3 Reasons To Schedule Furnace Maintenance

We believe in routine furnace maintenance as an investment in your equipment, your health, your checkbook and the environment.

With furnace maintenance, there are too many benefits to count, but we are going to count the 3 most commonly cited benefits by our furnace maintenance customers.

3 Reasons To Schedule Furnace MaintenanceOwner Jeremy Salzbrun, seen here, or any of his highly skilled team can come out to perform furnace maintenance before winter comes!

1. Save Money Every Month

Guess how much your system can be affected by not being cleaned, measured, inspected, checked and maintained? You can lose up to 15% of your system’s energy! When you look at your energy bill, that is your money going out the window.

With a scheduled, regular maintenance plan from H&S Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ll keep your furnace running at peak efficiency to keep more money in your checkbook.

2. Save The Environment

56% of your home’s energy usage comes from heating and cooling, according to energysavers.gov. Your environmental footprint can be severely impacted through routine furnace maintenance and cleaning!

We would also suggest looking into newer, more efficient equipment when the time comes to replace your furnace if you’re interested in lowering your energy usage. We are partners with Ruud, which have some great furnaces for the energy-conscious consumer.

3. Save The Hassle

Modern, high-tech equipment contains many moving parts and is sensitive to the environment. It can be difficult to assess, maintain and repair with the proper expertise or equipment. With scheduled furnace maintenance, you know your furnace is being cared for correctly, saving you the hassle of figuring it out yourself, as well as trying to find someone to fix it again later.

Winter Is Coming

Soon, winter will be here and the energy bills will be coming with it. Be sure to schedule your furnace maintenance with H&S Heating & Air Conditioning so you won’t be left out in the cold!