What if every time you tried to take a drink of water on a hot day, 30% of it leaked out of the glass before it hit your lips? Wouldn’t that make you angry? And then, if you tried to eat a delicious sandwich for lunch, 30% of it fell right into the trash before you got a taste. Again, another obnoxious thing that would make anyone livid.
Well, those might sound fantastical, but in the HVAC world they’re not so unrealistic. For instance, a set of air ducts in disrepair could be leaking up to 30% of the conditioned air that’s created by your air conditioner (or heater) and losing it before it reaches the rooms of your home. You might not be able to see it because it’s being leaked elsewhere and because it’s air, but it could be happening. It might be time to call a professional for duct sealant in Tallahassee, FL.
How Ducts Start to Leak
Leaking ducts are a big problem for homeowners. They can become leaky through a multitude of different natural processes.
- Air ducts can begin to leak through expansion and compression. When materials heat up or cool down, they expand and contract. Your air ducts are no different. The only problem with this is that expansion and contraction cause the air ducts to lose their tight seal. This makes them leak over time, and the longer they go without being sealed, the more they will leak.
- Ducts can begin to leak through any movement as well. Perhaps there’s a lot of construction going on at your home and the walls or ceilings are moving and shaking slightly. Or, one of your kids accidentally keeps bumping into ductwork in your basement. This can break the seal of a duct system and cause them to leak.
Inefficiency and Paying More
Leaking ducts are definitely bad for your home comfort, but you’ll still likely feel the cooled conditioned air in your home, or the heat provided by your centralized heater. What won’t look or feel good is the utility bill that comes after so much of the air you’re paying to cool or heat is leaking away.
By far the biggest issue with leaking ducts is the fact that they’ll cost you a lot of money. Your heater or air conditioner will run longer and without a break, meaning it will consume more fuel or electricity to keep your home moderately comfortable.
Get Your Ducts Sealed Today
Duct sealing doesn’t have to be a big deal, especially when you contact a team of professionals. We have all sorts of sealing materials and training to ensure that we don’t damage your ductwork in the process.
If you’re unsure as to the state of your air ducts, we can test them so that you know exactly how much air is leaking out and how effectively duct sealing will fix the problem.
Comfort’s just a call away when you choose Parker Services Inc!