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    Most modern homes are equipped with central heating and air conditioning. This means all the power of your heating and cooling is pumped from a central unit to rooms throughout your home. This is a great way to keep your entire home at a comfortable temperature and also keep air flowing throughout the entire house. The air is generated in the central unit, then moves through air ducts, and eventually comes out at vents in each room. Since air ducts are the primary way the air reaches your home, it’s important that they stay in proper working order. In this post, we’ll focus on a few of the things that can cause problems in your air ducts.

    LIFESPAN

    When was the last time your air ducts were replaced? If you don’t know, or think it’s likely been 25 years or more, it could be time for a replacement. Of course, regular maintenance along the way will lengthen your ducts’ lifespan.

    PESTS

    Squirrels in the yard can add to the ambiance, but you don’t want them or any other critters in your attic messing with your ductwork. Small rodents and even insects can wreak havoc on your entire HVAC system, including ductwork. If you suspect the presence of insects or animals, call a professional right away to have it checked out.

    CORROSION

    As with any metals, corrosion can occur within your ductwork. This process is accelerated if there is moisture in your HVAC unit that moves its way into the ducts. The moisture can lead to corrosion, rust, and, eventually, leaks in your ducts. This not only affects your home comfort but your power bills as well.

    DUST

    If you do have small cracks or breaks in your ducts, you might notice them in the form of dust. That’s because dust from your attic can seep in through the cracks and end up in your home. An unusually high amount of dust could mean problems!

    WORTH THE CALL

    Like many aspects of your HVAC system, regular maintenance is the key to a long life! The Bosworth Company can check out your entire system, including evaluating your ducts to make sure they’re working at maximum capacity and efficiency! Make an appointment online, or call us at 830-428-2764. It’s Worth the Call. Always.