If you’re like most homeowners, your HVAC ductwork isn’t something that you give a whole lot of thought to, mostly due to the fact that it is out of sight and out of mind. But if you found out they were the reason your energy bills were too high, you’d probably pay attention then, right?
This could very well be the case if you have damaged or loose ductwork that’s letting not only conditioned air out and dirty air in.
Air duct leakage can account for about 30% air loss–that’s conditioned air that you are paying for. It also accounts for many of the indoor air problems a home can experience. Fortunately, there’s a solution–professional duct sealing! Read on to learn more.
The Many Benefits of Duct Sealing
We know, this probably isn’t the most exciting topic for you to be reading about, but it is an important one! This is especially true if you’re trying to tighten your budget and increase home efficiently so you have money for the more exciting things!
Having your ductwork professionally sealed will help keep your household comfortable, efficiency, and will improve your quality of life!
- Increase Your Comfort: Have you noticed either hot or cold spots in your home that you never noticed before? This could very well be due to the fact that not enough conditioned or heated air is able to make its way through your ducts without leaking out.
- Improved Air Quality: Things like dust, pollen, fumes, and more can enter your ductwork system when there is a tear or hole. Having your system professionally sealed forces it to only move the fresh air that comes from your air conditioner or your heater.
- Better Efficiency: When your HVAC systems send air through the ventilation system only for it to be leaked out into the attic, crawlspace, or even outside, this destroys HVAC efficiency. The thermostat will still read an unacceptable temperature, and your HVAC system will have to work harder to compensate for the lack of treated air. This typically leads to shorter equipment lifespan and increased repairs.
When your HVAC ductwork is leaking, you can expect, as we mentioned above, up to 30% of your air to be leaked into places where it is wasted. Imagine coking dinner each night and throwing out 30% of it. This is unacceptable, and so is wasting the climate control you pay for.
“Can’t I Just Seal My Own Ducts with Duct Tape?”
Unfortunately “duct tape” is not adequately named. It can’t be used on HVAC ductwork. Well, it can be used, but the problem is that when it gets too warm, the tape becomes brittle and starts cracking, which defeats the purpose of sealing up your ducts!
Our professional duct sealing methods includes using a special mastic that lasts. While duct tape may be a very temporary solution, to actually resolve the problem, you’ll want to invest in professional duct sealing.