When your home uses a forced-air cooling and heating system, your house will have ducts that distribute this air evenly throughout your home. These ducts are typically found in your crawlspace or attic, and when they begin to leak, it can cost you money and impact the safety and comfort of your home. To prevent or stop leakage from occurring, you should have your ducts sealed.
If you have ducts in your home, chances are they are probably leaking. This is a problem that most people are unaware they have. Almost 99% of ducts in homes today have up to 40% leakage, and according to the Department of Energy, the average home has enough air leakage to equate to leaving a medium-sized window open. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Suspect a leak in your ducts? Give Attic Projects a call, and our air duct specialists will inspect your ducts for air leakage and assess where the leaks are coming from. We will then work diligently to seal the leaks to keep your home safe and comfortable.
Benefits of Sealing Your Ducts
Lower Utility Bills
When your air ducts leak, they can cost you money. Leaky ducts raise your utility bills due to a reduction in the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Calling a duct sealing service can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs. Over time, duct sealing services will pay for themselves through the money you are saving.
Comfortable Home Environment
Do you have rooms in your home that get too cold during the winter, and too hot during the summer, even when the temperature of the rest of the house is easily controlled? By sealing your ducts, you can more evenly distribute air throughout your home so that every room maintains a more consistent temperature.
Better Air Quality
It is not uncommon for particles and fumes from chemicals and insulation to end up in your air ducts. If your air ducts leak, these particles and fumes can leak into your home and into the air that you and your family are breathing. This can increase your risk of asthma and aggravate your allergies. When you seal your ducts, you can improve the air quality of your home and reduce circulating pollutants.
Your home could be using gas appliances, such as a water heater and furnace, and these can release combustion gases. If you have leaky air ducts, these gases could be drawn back into your home through “back-drafting.” To keep these gases from circulating throughout your home, make sure your ducts are properly sealed.
More Environmentally Friendly
When you seal the ducts in your home and prevent leakage, you can cut the amount of energy you use. The energy you use to power the things used in your house most likely comes from power plants that are known for contributing to pollution. The more energy you use, the more pollution you contribute to the air and the environment. This means that sealing your ducts can create less pollution because less energy needs to be produced.
Signs Your Air Ducts Are Performing Poorly
- High utility bills
- Difficulty heating and cooling rooms
- Overly stuffy rooms
- Ducts are in your crawlspace or attic
- Your system contains tangled or kinked ducts
If you think your air ducts could be underperforming, you need to call Attic Projects to come and inspect them. Our air duct specialists will seal your ducts, preventing leakage from occurring. This will ultimately save you money and create a safer, more comfortable home for you and your family.
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