When you have valuables that you don’t know where to hide, you might turn to the ductwork in your home. There are several reasons that this is a bad idea, and you should head to the nearest store to purchase a safe to store your valuable belongings in. The ductwork in your home is a key ingredient in the system that keeps you comfortable no matter what season it is. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning is here to talk about why it isn’t a good idea to store items in your ductwork.
Storing Items in Ductwork Can Block Return Vent
The entire purpose of the ductwork in your home is to deliver air throughout the space whether it is hot or cold. When you have several items stored in your ductwork, it makes sense that the air isn’t going to be able to flow like it should. This can affect your entire heating and cooling system. Restricted air flow can end up damaging your system and costing you a lot of money in repairs.
You May Lose Items You Store in Ductwork
As air flows throughout your ductwork, you may find that you lose the items you stored in there. This is definitely true with lightweight items like paper or money. Storing paper or money in your ductwork also poses a fire hazard and should be avoided entirely. If you find these items are getting blown around your ducts, you have no idea where to even look in order to find them.
Ductwork Isn’t Made to Support Any Weight
In the movies, ductwork is made to be this genius place to hide your valuables. Hollywood makes it look like no one will ever check there to find anything. No one should check there, because you shouldn’t be hiding anything in there. Your ductwork was designed to carry air throughout your home, nothing more. If you put heavy items in your ductwork, you could end up dealing with fallen duct runs that are costly to repair and easily avoided.
Hiding Items in Ductwork isn’t Energy Efficient
When your system is experiencing restricted air flow like it will when you try to hide or store things in the ductwork, you will find that it isn’t energy efficient. Your unit is required to run longer and the work harder to create the temperature you are looking for in your home. Restricted air flow means that you will pay more for a less effective system in the long run.
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The heating and cooling system in your home is something that we all heavily depend on to get through the day. You don’t want anything getting in the way of it working flawlessly. Find a more effective way of storing your valuables and skip hiding them in the ductwork, where they don’t belong. At Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer any inspections and repairs as well as maintenance to help you maintain a healthy heating and cooling system in your home. Call us today for more information.