Do you have a state-of-the-art HVAC system and a home that is well insulated? If so, that’s great; however, if your home’s ducts are blocked or leaking you are still going to pay higher than needed energy costs. In many homes, up to 30 percent of all conditioned air is completely lost before it can reach the registers and vents in rooms. Quite a bit of this air leaks into spaces that aren’t even used or conditioned. You might as well be paying to cool and heat the outside world.
How do You Tell Your Ducts are Leaking?
The only way to be absolutely certain that your ducts are leaking is to hire a professional HVAC technician. The professionals can inspect and test the ducts for any blockages, leaks, or other issues. Besides that, you can inspect the ductwork that is visible yourself. If there are sections of the duct that are not properly connected, kinked, or tangled, then you will need repairs and duct sealing for these areas. Chances are, if you can see that part of the ductwork looks like this, then you likely need these services for elsewhere in the duct system, too. Uneven cooling and heating from one room to another are a sign that your ducts may be leaking. Another sign is unusually high utility costs.
What Problems can be Caused by Leaking Ducts?
There are several issues that may occur if your home’s ductwork is leaking. Some of the most common include:
- Reduction in overall comfort. If all the conditioned air that is intended for a specific room is not getting to the destination, the room is going to be too cool or warm or may remain stuffy.
- Stressed equipment and higher bills. If the cooling and heating equipment has to work harder in order to compensate lost air due to leaks in the ductwork, it wastes energy and puts additional strain on the components of the HVAC system. Also, the system may break down more often.
- The indoor air quality may also fall. In some cases, due to the pressure differentials in areas that are unconditioned that the ducts are running through, dirty air is sucked into the ducts. This usually happens where there are poor connections or other leaks. As a result, the dirty air begins to be circulated in your home.
When you work with the professionals to seal your ducts, it can reduce the potential for all of these effects. By installing an insulation wrap around the ducts, especially where the ducts aren’t cooled or heated, the air will remain cool or warm to be delivered in the rooms of your home.
Duct Sealing is Beneficial for any Home
Regardless of the age of your home, you will quickly discover that duct sealing is beneficial and can help you save time and money. If you are worried about your ducts leaking, call the professionals today.