Does your home have uneven temperatures throughout?
Perhaps you’ve learned that It can be quite expensive to determine the source of such a problem. And if you don’t know already, that certainly can be the case!
Anyway, some homeowners simply consider installing duct booster fans because they’re a cheap solution.
But do they even solve the problem of uneven temperatures? Learn more about duct booster fans below:
1. They Are Cheap
When you consider all the potential solutions for uneven temperatures around your home, most involve a significant amount of labor. What’s more is that not all HVAC contractors truly understand how to find the source of these problems and fix it.
A duct booster fan does keep your costs low. They cost about $250 each to install. And they do achieve their intended purpose: pushing more air through your ducts and into your home.
2. They Come with Their Own Problems
You have to understand duct booster fans only temporarily solve minor heating and cooling problems. And since they don’t address any of the core issues with your HVAC system, they don’t solve any of the problems caused by its core.
It’s kind of like putting a band-aid on a broken leg. It just doesn’t make any sense to do!
3. They Do Nothing to Improve Energy Efficiency
Because duct booster fans don’t address the issues causing the uneven temperatures you experience, they don’t improve your energy efficiency.
In fact, they actually harm it a little because you have to supply the electricity to run them. Plus, they can also cause your HVAC system to work a little harder to push air through.
Sure, you might feel a little more comfortable. But why not just fix the real problem in the first place and get comfortable as a result?
4. How You Can Improve Your Efficiency Via Your Ductwork
Uneven temperatures in your home are caused by problems with your ductwork itself. Much of the time, the problem is ducts that leak and need better sealing.
If you have an older home, the problem may be the design of your ductwork. It may not have been designed to accommodate a newer HVAC system.
If you search for obvious leaks in your ductwork, but can’t find any, then you’re better off calling an HVAC pro to help you find the source of the problem.
So if you’re considering a duct booster fan, think about searching for and repairing the real issue instead.
It saves you money, rather than secretly robbing you of energy savings!