Heating a Drafty Home Hurts Your HVAC System

HVAC Service | Heating a Drafty Home | Gainesville Mechanical

Most people notice they have a drafty home during the winter when the temperatures drop extremely low. Cold spots are felt throughout the home and your heating system works harder to keep a consistent temperature. Now is the time to have your home inspected by a professional to diagnose where the leaks are and schedule an HVAC service call to have your ducts sealed.

Signs You Have a Drafty Home

Feeling a breeze when are sitting in a room isn’t the only sign you have a drafty home. There are several symptoms you might notice if you have an air leak or multiple leaks around your home. You want to find these leaks and seal them, so your heating and cooling system will operate more efficiently and save you money on your monthly energy bill.

Here are a few signs to watch for if you think you have drafts and air leaks:

  • Stuffy rooms:

If you notice the air in certain rooms is stuffy, the reason could be due to an air leak in your ductwork. A leak in your ducts will cause cool air to leak outside during the hot season and let cold air escape into your house during the winter.  

  • Decreased indoor air quality:

When there are connections in your ductwork that are faulty, unfiltered air from unconditioned spaces is easily pulled into your home. Usually, air is filtered before it’s circulated around your home.  When air sneaks in through drafts, it escapes filtration. The pollutants, such as pollen, dust, and other debris, are released into your home, affecting your health and HVAC system’s performance.

  • Increased energy bills:

A major indicator that you have a leak somewhere in your system is if you notice an increase in your energy bill. Cold or hot air leaking into your home forces the thermostat to give faulty readings to your heating and cooling system. Faulty readings force your system to work more to provide ideal temperatures throughout your home.

  • Uneven temperatures:

When leaks are present in a home, it is hard to maintain even temperatures in every room. If you notice your system running constantly but still notice temperatures vary from one room to the next, a leak could be the problem.

  • Excess dust:

Every home accumulates some dust, but if you notice more dust than usual, it could be the result of a leak. Dust from outside will accumulate inside your ducts through the air leaks, settling until the air blows through to deliver hot or cold air to your rooms. As the air blows through the dust it flows into your indoor air and settles on your surfaces.

Preventing a Drafty Home

The best prevention method against drafts and air leaks in your home is to have your HVAC system and ductwork inspected by a licensed professional. If you go too long between maintenance calls, you will end up scheduling emergency HVAC service that will be expensive to fix. Typically, preventative maintenance inspects your ducts, registers, returns, and the entire system for anything that might be damaged, corroded or dirty.

The NATE-certified professionals at Gainesville Mechanical will not only inspect your system, we will locate and seal any drafts present in your system or ductwork. Besides scheduling maintenance or calling for HVAC service, you can keep your air ducts healthy by regularly checking and replacing the filter in your HVAC system. Dirty filters lead to clogs inside your system and will damage your ducts, resulting in air leaks.

    Now is the time to get control of the air leaks in your home! Call Gainesville Mechanical to schedule HVAC service to have your ducts inspected and sealed. Our NATE-certified technicians are trained to assess any system and will provide reliable, quality service for your HVAC equipment.

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