The air ducts are the channels that supply cool air to different parts of the house and return stale air to the AC for cooling. Air ducts are durable, but there comes a time when the best thing you can do for your AC is to replace the air ducts. Below are some of the benefits you will enjoy when you replace the air ducts.
Improved Air Quality
Over time, dust and debris build up within the air ducts. The force of the air within the ducts might circulate some of the debris. Thus, if your ducts are dirty, your house might be dusty all the time despite your regular cleaning. Some air ducts also have mold and mildew, which can cause respiratory problems. Replacing the air ducts will help you get rid of all the accumulated debris and mold.
Increased Energy Efficiency
Debris accumulation, dents, and cracks on the air ducts all interfere with your AC's energy efficiency. The debris and dents decrease the diameter or width of the ducts, which decrease the volume of air that flows within the ducts. The cracks allow cool air to escape out of the ducts. All these problems mean the AC has to run longer cycles to cool the house, which increases energy consumption. Replacing the ducts will help your AC regain its initial energy efficiency.
Duct damage or blockage can also interfere with the evenness of your house's temperature. This is because some areas will be receiving adequate airflow while areas served with damaged or blocked ducts will be starved of air. Thus, if you have been having uneven heating problems, replacing the ducts may be one of the solutions to the problem.
Improved AC Durability
Duct blockages and damages also increase the wear and tear of your AC system. When the air ducts can't handle the air they were meant to handle, the AC has to work harder to keep your house cool. Lengthy cooling cycles increase the wear and tear in all parts of the AC, but mostly the moving parts such as the motor and fan belts. The increased wear and tear lead to frequent breakdowns, which shorten your AC's useful life. This is another problem you will get rid of if you replace the ducts.
You don't have to replace your ducts every time they develop a problem; duct repair is adequate in some cases. However, you should consider a replacement if you are having frequent problems with the ducts and your AC is old. Consult an air conditioning technician for advice on which route to take with your duct problems.