According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program, leaky ducts in attics or crawlspaces can account for 20% or more of a home’s heating and cooling energy losses. This results in higher utility bills and difficulty keeping your house comfortable.
Here are a few signs that you may have leaky ducts:
- High summer and winter utility bills
- Rooms that are difficult to heat and cool
- Stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable
- Ducts are located in an attic, crawlspace, or the garage
- Tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system
What can you do about leaky ducts?
Run your system and check all the ducts and joints that you can access. You can seal these up yourself with mastic or foil-backed tape. You should also seal around where the duct meets the wall. Duct tape is actually not recommended for duct work and any fabric backed tape will deteriorate over time.
Other maintenance will require an HVAC professional.
We recommend insulating your ducts. This insures that the air maintains the correct temperature as it travels to the living spaces in your home.
You can have your ducts tested. One of our certified technicians will take a reading of the air pressure in your ducts and can analyze how much air you lose. From there we can make suggestions for how to improve efficiency.
You should have your ducts cleaned. Over time, dust, mites, bacteria and other things get sucked into your vents and build up in your ductwork. Imagine all the years of dust in your house getting blown around into the air you breathe. We will clean up your ductwork, removing obstructions that restrict your airflow and clean out any bacteria and dirt that will pollute your indoor air.
You can also have a UV light installed in the ductwork. This uses ultraviolet radiation to sterilize air, destroying bacteria, as well as mold and fungal spores. This serves to greatly improve your indoor air quality.
Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, is very important to the health and well being of you and your family.
To learn more about Indoor Air Quality and why it is important click here.
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