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Are you going batty? We hope not! Some people love bats. Some people are fearful. Maybe we are afraid of the unknown? We definitely shouldn’t fear our heating and cooling systems. But sadly, there are a lot of HVAC systems that have mysteries within them. To be clear, if you have a ducted heating and/or cooling system, you do not know who or what is within your home at any given moment. It is probably the only space directly connected to your living area that you cannot simply open up and peek into. If you own a ductwork system that makes use of joist spaces and walls as return air ductwork, you might have the opportunity to meet some friendly neighbors of the animal kingdom.
We found this little bat, looking like a prisoner in a forced air system jail! He died there, many months before, looking out into a nice basement. If he would have died in the ductwork, rather than in a supply air damper, the homeowner might have smelled him. But his case was unusual. He died with the air of the system pushing past him, into the basement. The smell was not enough to alert the homeowners upstairs. We are now wondering if this particular system is a bat cave of the ultra-modern type. Maybe these bats are different or evolved and need the comfort of a modern forced air heating/cooling system?
Bottom line: Keep your ductwork clean if you can. Seal your ductwork, always. Your ductwork should be composed only of metal (even the return air ductwork) and it should be sealed at the joints and along the seams and hopefully (we are dreaming here) it will be sealed as tight as a plumbing system. Or a radiant floor heating system. While we realize that forced air ductwork cannot be sealed as tight as piping, it is something to strive for.
We don’t sell duct cleaning. And duct sealing can be done by anyone. We would only design and install full metal forced air systems, if we made our primary living selling those for new homes. Make sure you meet with your forced air heating contractor before building that new home, to make sure you aren’t inviting the unknown into your life. With today’s modern technology, a ductwork system should have cameras and other devices embedded within them, so we can keep an eye on the part of our home that we cannot peek into. Or we should just install radiant floors, walls, ceilings and radiators. And ductless cooling. Healthy HVAC! Energy saving HVAC! We do sell that! 90% or more of our business deals with Healthy HVAC.