Houses equipped with forced air heating and cooling systems rely on ducts to distribute conditioned air throughout the building. In the average home, approximately thirty percent of heated/cooled air is wasted due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts. Issues with the duct system results in expensive utility bills and complications with maintaining a comfortable temperature. Costly monthly utility bills, rooms that are troublesome to heat and cool, excess humidity and airborne dust are all signs of inefficient ducts. It’s a good idea to have the duct system maintenanced by a qualified and reputable HVAC worker every three to five years. Whether there’s a concentration of debris within the ducts, holes, or leaks at the seams, the repair takes care of it. The cleaning or sealing process is not particularly invasive, is usually completed within a couple hours, and saves a boatload of money. Properly functioning ducts no only trim costs but lessen wear and tear on the furnace and air conditioner. By decreasing energy waste and restriction of airflow, the heating and cooling system runs as efficiently as possible for shorter cycles, minimizing the chance of malfunction and furthering service life. Plus, clean, effectively sealed ducts lend to a cleaner, healthier and more comfortable house. There’s minimal chance of backdrafting of combustion byproducts from appliances such as the water heater, furnace, and clothes dryer. The invasion of outside contaminants, such as exhaust fumes, pollen, and pesticides is controlled. While the duct system is typically tucked out of sight, inside ceilings, walls, or crawl spaces, it should be remembered.