The old saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” Since your home’s ductwork isn’t readily seen, many homeowners don’t think about how it may be affecting the functionality of their HVAC system.


How do you know if your ductwork needs attention? Here are some of the most common signs.


  1. Rattles, whistles, and clangs

Every HVAC system makes some noise when operating; however, if you start hearing rattles or whistles, you may have a problem.


The rattle may be caused by vibrating ductwork or ductwork that has become disconnected. The whistling sound you hear may be the result of holes in the system.


  1. Higher energy bills

Granted, there may be a lot of reasons for your higher than average energy bill, such as that new “extra” refrigerator in your basement or a particularly brutal cold snap. But if there haven’t been any other changes with the energy usage in your home, the high cost may be caused by your inefficient HVAC system.


According to the EPA, in a typical home, “20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts.” Surprising? It may not be your furnace (or AC unit) that’s the problem. Instead, poorly working ductwork may have caused your energy bill to rise.


  1. One room seems cooler (or warmer) than another

If you are comfortable in one room of your home, but you need to put on your favorite Chiefs sweatshirt to be comfortable in another, the problem may be caused by faulty ductwork.


Use an indoor thermometer and take the temperature in both rooms. If there is a vast temperature difference, you may have leaky ductwork.


  1. Your home always seems dusty.

Does it seem that your home is continuously dusty, no matter how hard you try to stay on top of your cleaning? Damaged ductwork may be to blame.

The dust that has settled on the outside of your ducts may be getting inside your system through holes and leaks. Once the dust is inside, it is carried through the vents and ends up settling on the furniture in your house.


Does it seem as if everyone in your home is always sneezing? Your damaged ductwork and dusty air may be the reason why.


  1. You have unwelcome visitors.

We know you don’t want to hear this, but your faulty ductwork may be the cause of more bugs or rodents entering your home. Holes in your ductwork may allow pests to enter the system. The pests can establish colonies, which could block your ductwork even more.


Look for signs of pests in your home. You may also be able to smell them or hear them moving through your ductwork in the middle of the night.


Have Schomburg inspect your ductwork


It’s difficult for homeowners to know whether their heating and cooling problems are caused by their ductwork or another part of their HVAC system. That’s why you need to call in a professional to inspect your entire system.


Give Schomburg Heating and Cooling a call today at 816-238-0032. We will examine your entire system, including your ductwork, to understand what may be causing the problem.