Leaky ducts contribute significantly to a home’s energy loss.
Ducts are used to distribute air throughout the house in homes with forced-air heating and cooling systems. With time they rust, binding disintegrates, holes develop in the metal, and pressure is lost. This not only wastes energy and money, but it can also fail to remove toxins from your home as it is designed to do. Sometimes, we find that duct work has not been installed in the most efficient pattern, either. We use Duct Blaster® equipment to pinpoint leakages and measure sealing success. Some routine repairs we do include straightening or replacing ducts, sealing air handlers with proper materials, hanging ducts where necessary, replacing registers to improve proper air throw and installing basic fresh air systems. Your ducts are the veins and arteries of your home, Carrying conditioned air where you want it, and removing the bad air from your breathing space. You deserve a system that working at optimal performance.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you think your home has poorly performing ducts? Do you have stuffy rooms or rooms that are difficult to heat and cool? Sealing and insulating ducts would help the temperature in rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
- Do you have high summer and winter utility bills? Sealing and insulating ducts correctly, will increase efficiency, but more importantly it will lower your energy bills. Sealing ducts could also allow you to downsize to a less costly heating and cooling system.
- Do you have indoor allergies? Exhaust from household chemicals, insulation pieces, and dust can enter your home through the duct system. This can cause symptoms in asthma and allergy sufferers. Sealing ducts correctly can help your indoor air quality and decrease the danger of impurities entering ducts and your home.
- Do you have environmental concerns about losing energy through leaky ducts? The less energy we use in our homes directly results in less air pollution. Sealing your ducts reduces the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home.
- What about the safety of your home? Water heaters, clothes dryers, and furnaces are gas releasing appliances. These appliances release combustion gases (like carbon monoxide) through ventilation systems. “Backdrafting” is a term used to describe when combustion gases are pulled back into the home instead of being vented outdoors. Sealing leaks can minimize this risk of backdrafting.
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then it might be time to check your ducts.