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Everett, WA Duct Testing by G & S Heating Cooling & Electric
One of the worst things about duct problems is that there often aren’t any warning signs to accompany them. Unlike a heating or air conditioning system, which often makes strange noises or even breaks down when it experiences a problem, the ducts in your home remain silent. Your ducts could have major issues for years, even decades, and you would never know. Then, why should you repair them at all? Because although the damage they do is subtle, it is still harmful in the extreme. That is why you need to have your ducts tested on a regular basis.
G & S Heating Cooling & Electric provides comprehensive duct testing services throughout the Everett, WA area.
What is Duct Testing?
Duct testing is the procedure by which your ducts are examined for any leaks or other issues that may be present. As ducts are fairly simple in their construction, there aren’t many problems that can prevent them from doing their job properly. Unfortunately, the most common problem also happens to be among the most costly. Duct leaks are responsible for the loss of up to 30% of a forced air system’s output, according to the Department of Energy. That’s a very large chunk of your heating and air conditioning output that’s being lost without you knowing it. Identifying these leaks so that they can be closed is the primary purpose of duct testing.
So, how does it actually work? Well, there are two kinds of duct leaks: those that leak outside the house and those that leak inside the house. For outside leaks, the most common kind of testing involved pressurizing (or depressurizing) the house. In some cases, only the ducts need to be pressurized, but that depends on the individual situation. Once the duct pressure has been adjusted, the HVAC technician measures where air enters or leaves the system. He or she can then follow the air flow to discover the leaks.
Why You Should Schedule Duct Testing
As previously mentioned, duct leaks can cause a massive loss of energy from the forced air systems in your home. Duct leaks can be caused by all sorts of things. Improper installation can leave gaps in the ductwork, or place too much strain on a section of the ducts that could partially collapse. Even if the ducts are correctly installed, however, they could simply develop leaks on their own from years of expanding and contracting in response to the heat moving through them. Leaks of one kind or another are, unfortunately, all but inevitable. What is important is catching them as soon as possible, so as to mitigate the damage that they can cause.
Duct testing should be conducted at least once every two years. If you can’t remember the last time that you had your ducts tested, that’s a good sign that you should do so as soon as possible. If you need duct testing services, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric today.