June 3, 2014

Many people are inclined to take the temperature and humidity attributes of their home as a default, immutable fact of construction. However, more often than not, poor air ventilation through the building’s duct system is the culprit for environmental discomfort. You needn’t wait till your home or business is scarcely protected from the elements before you look into an air duct inspection or repair job, as long as you can look for these archetypal signs.

• Do you notice slightly ‘off’ smells or other indications of fumes near utilities like your drying machine or fireplace?

Do you notice slightly ‘off’ smells or other indications of fumes near utilities like your drying machine or fireplace?

Utilities that require ventilation links to the exterior of the home need this ventilation system, not just to be able to function cleanly, but for the sake of the residents’ health, too. Household utilities falling under this general category should be watched particularly closely for signs that their toxic air isn’t being transported to the outdoors.

• Are some rooms noticeably harder than others to keep cool or warm?

Contrary to popular belief, the architecture of your house should have little effect on its internal atmosphere, assuming you have a functional ventilation system. A room being particularly warm or cold when the rest of the house is fine should have its ducts inspected.

• Do some rooms of your home seem too stuffy?

Temperature isn’t the only thing you need to watch out for; stale air, besides being unhygienic and a potent allergy irritant, also can be a clue that the nearby ventilation system isn’t working. A well-ventilated room should feel ‘fresh’ and brisk every hour of the day.

• Does your ventilation system have substandard materials or quality?

Damaged vents are an obvious sign of something wrong. However, all too often, amateur home repair enthusiasts are inclined to trust duct tape and other unqualified material over professional sealants. These cheap substitutes often degrade over time.

• Do you see an unusual amount of dust in your home?

Since dust attracts more of itself, dust buildup is easy to get out of hand. However, a low-static humidity level (around fifty percent), high-MERV-rated AC filters and regular dusting should do most of the work of tidying up. If they don’t, you might have a ventilation problem.

• Are you seeing utility expenses higher than normal or expected?

Despite the importance of health, comfort and cleanliness, some people are more inclined to care about their wallets – but poor ventilation hits there, too. Because bad ventilation allows heat, moisture and cool air to leak out, your air-conditioning, heating, dehumidifiers and humidifiers all need to work overtime to compensate. The inescapable conclusion is that you’ll end up burning more energy on just keeping a stable home environment.

All of these diverse symptoms have their root in a single problem: damaged or sub-par ventilation. The Cooling Company wants to help you live the home life of comfort, and even if the final tally is all that matters to you, you should consider the savings of a simple, professional repair job over enduring substandard housing indefinitely.

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