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Duct Testing in Washington, DC by Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

The ventilation system that delivers air from the AC and heater to the rooms in your house must remain airtight. This strong seal along the ducts allows the ventilation system to retain air pressure and let the comfort system do its job without wasting energy. However, strain on the ducts can lead to air leaks developing. Poor initial installation can also create a ductwork system that allows too much air to escape. The result is a decline in comfort and a rise in energy bills.

The best way to find out if your ducts are robbing you is to arrange for duct testing from professionals. During a duct testing visit, our certified technicians at Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling will find out if your ventilation system is losing air pressure and how much. They will then help you arrange for whatever repairs may be necessary to restore the integrity of the HVAC system. Trust to our experience and equipment for excellent duct testing.

Do you suspect that you have leaking ducts? Call Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to schedule duct testing. We service Washington, DC and the surrounding areas.

Signs That You Should Schedule Duct Testing

You can’t see most of the ductwork behind the walls and in the ceilings of your house, but there are warning signs that will inform you that it’s time to have them tested and possibly sealed:

  • High energy bills: You can lose up to 30% of the air moving through the ventilation system to leaks—and that will translate into an immense amount of energy waste. When the bills to run your heater and/or air conditioner spike for no obvious reason, the culprit may be the ducts.
  • Odd noises from the vents: When the ducts in an HVAC system sustain damage or begin to develop loose connections, it can create strange rattling and rumbling noises audible through the vents. Regardless of what causes this, you need to have professionals take a look into it.
  • Decline in indoor air quality: If ducts start to pull in outside air, they will blow unwanted contaminants into your living spaces. The air may become musty and filled with dust, and allergy and asthma symptoms among your household members will increase. Call for duct testing if you notice such problems.

You should also have duct testing done on a routine basis, even if you don’t notice outward signs of trouble. Call in professionals every few years to see if you could save money with repairs for your home’s ventilation system.

What Happens During Duct Testing

To perform duct testing, technicians close off all the vents around a home to seal the ventilation system completely. They then use a power vacuum attached to the HVAC system to raise the pressure inside the ductwork and measure how fast that pressure begins to drop. The faster it declines, the more air leaks are inside the ventilation system. Technicians use this data to determine what work needs to be done to restore the ventilation system’s integrity.

Schedule Air Duct Testing with Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

At Magnolia Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, we have DCSEU–certified energy experts (DC Sustainable Energy Utility) to handle the duct testing necessary for an energy–efficient ventilation system. You only need to dial our number to schedule this service. We are here to see that your HVAC system works its best in all areas.