Feels like fall outside, doesn’t it? The change of season (even if it’s temporary for now) is always a good time to start thinking about what’s going on in your attic.
The National Comfort Institute says about 80% of homes across the country have problems with air duct design. That means your air conditioning system, no matter how efficient it may be, has to work overtime to keep your home cool or warm.
So why is the change of season the best time to think about air ducts? Because it’s not 115 degrees in your attic right now – so you can peek up there and give the duct system and insulation a look. If the ducts are kinked, you have a problem. Also, look at the insulation. If the roof rafters are visible, your attic is under insulated.
Here are a couple of other signs you may have air duct issues.
The most obvious: hot and cold spots in your home. If one room is hotter than another, it’s likely a problem with ducts.
Also look for dust on your doors. If you have a film of dust on the grooves of the door, that’s a sign your ducts are not properly sealed.
The good news about air duct maintenance or air duct improvements is CPS Energy offers some substantial rebates – up to $2,500 per system. That’s a much larger number than rebates for new AC systems, in case you were wondering.
Something to consider as the weather turns cooler. Enjoy this beautiful weather!
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.