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How Does Your Ductwork Impact Your Heater?

A worker is sealing two sections of house attic vent duct insulation with aluminum foil tape. The foreground is a section of truss and the background is OSB sheathing for the roof.If you use a furnace or forced-air heat pump to heat your home during the fall and winter, then your air ducts play a vital role in your heater’s operation. Many homeowners think of their ductwork as a separate unit, away from their heater, but it’s actually an extension of your heater. Problems in your air ducts will quickly become issues with your heating, and your heating system itself.

Not only can you turn to our team for exceptional heating services, but we also provide quality Oklahoma City, OK duct repair. We understand how these two components function together, and the types of services each will need. For instance, your ductwork can be damaged by corrosion, holes, or gaps that need repair and will affect your heater’s performance. How can this be?

How Your Air Ducts Affect Your Heater

  • Reduce Heating Power: When any type of cracks or breaches occur along the tight air seal of your ductwork, it lowers the air pressure inside, and therefore reduces the flow of air reaching the vents. You’ll notice a drop in heating power that will not improve until the damage is fixed.
  • Poor Efficiency: This loss of air pressure does more than just impact the heating power of your furnace or heat pump. It also forces the heater to work harder than it should have to, putting extra, unnecessary strain on the system. This drop in efficiency equates to higher bills and potentially premature repair needs.
  • Dust and Dirt Buildup: Breaches along your air ducts typically open into closed-in and dusty parts of your living space, such as between walls and in crawlspaces. Particles such as dirt, dust, sawdust, and other debris get drawn into the air ducts, making them dirtier, and threatening to enter the furnace, where it can cause extreme wear and tear on the internal components, leading to system malfunctions.

Repairing Your Ductwork

Fixing your ductwork is not something you should attempt yourself, nor is it something to trust to an amateur. This is because it’s difficult to access your ducts, and more damage may be done to them. On that note, it’s vital to keep in mind that duct tape is actually not an effective means of repairing ducts, despite its name!

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable—this includes ensuring your ductwork is in exceptional condition. Call today, service today!

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