Question:Does your home have a forced-air heating or cooling system? If so, it’s time to pay attention to your ductwork!
If you answered yes to the question above, it’s important to your home and your wallet that you make sure your ducts are properly sealed and that you aren’t paying to heat or cool portions of your home that do not need it.
Do you keep turning the thermostat up, but don’t notice a difference?
If you haven’t had your air ducts properly sealed, or you are afraid that your HVAC installation contractor didn’t take the time to properly seal your new ductwork during installation, then you could be losing up to 20% of the air that is forced through your duct system. This 20% loss in heated or cooled air is a result of leaks, holes, and ductwork that is not properly connected. Ultimately this causes higher heating and cooling costs and it may seem as though your heat pump, air conditioner, or furnace isn’t keeping your house heated or cooled to its potential. This means you’ll keep turning the thermostat up to have more and more heated or cooled air escape from your ductwork.
Why should you seal your ductwork?
When you properly seal your ductwork you will be able to avoid duct leakage, you can see energy savings on your heating and cooling bills, and it could extend the life of your HVAC equipment.
Leaky ducts greatly reduce the amount of air designed to go into each space. This creates uncomfortable hot and cold spots in your home. Not only do leaky ducts create uncomfortable conditions in your home, they also leak conditioned air into unconditioned spaced like your attic or crawlspaces creating drafts from the outside air.
Duct leakage is a major cause of energy loss from our HVAC system. The conditioned air leaks into unconditioned spaces causing dramatic reduction in air flow and efficiency. In addition, air from unconditioned spaces can also leak in through the duct work, greatly reducing the system efficiency. By having your ducts sealed, you can see an energy savings that could extend your HVAC systems life, and save some strain on your wallet.
What does having a duct sealing mean?
When you have a professional contractor properly seal your homes ductwork they’ll seal all ducts in unconditioned basements, crawl spaces, attics, and garages. The technician will apply a special mastic sealant that will stop the leaks and create a seal in your ductwork that won’t dry out over time like other short-term fixes that many companies perform.
When you are ready to have your ductwork properly sealed, look for an HVAC contractor who focuses on indoor air quality, and high standards during installation or cleaning of the ductwork. Contractors who are in a hurry to install your system aren’t looking to make sure it is sealed properly, but rather get it installed to move on to the next job.
An indoor air quality focused company is going to make sure your ducts aren’t leaking and they’ll want to ensure you are receiving the most energy efficient heating and cooling as possible.
For more information about duct sealing, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, or other hvac services call us TODAY! 717.254.4555.