by Cooper Climate Control
Your home’s ductwork acts as the furnace and air conditioner’s circulatory system. Air passes through the ducts on its way to each room, delivering heated or cooled air from supply registers. However, did you know that in the average home, 20 percent of this air is lost through gaps in the ductwork and poor duct connections? Seal the ductwork and enjoy all the benefits of tight ducts, including:
Lower energy bills: The primary reason to seal the ductwork is because tight ducts can decrease your utility bills. Without those pesky gaps and cracks, heated or cooled air reaches its destination without mixing with unconditioned air on the way.
Increased comfort: A leaky duct run could cause one room to be hotter than another. Do away with these uncomfortable temperature differences by sealing the ductwork.
Better indoor air quality: Gaps and cracks not only allow conditioned air to escape; they also let dust, fumes, backdrafted gases and insulation particles into the air you breathe. This is especially true if any ductwork travels through the attic, garage or crawlspace. Tight ducts keep these pollutants out, thus helping alleviate your allergies and asthma while keeping indoor air safer.
The benefits of tight ducts are clear, but how do you know if your ductwork is leaking? Visit the attic or other location with exposed ductwork and take the following actions:
Put loose joints back together: Ductwork can become disconnected over time and pour air into unconditioned spaces. Reconnecting loose joints ensures conditioned air reaches its destination.
Seal joints: Use a product called duct mastic or mastic sealant, not the misleadingly named duct tape, to seal gaps around ductwork. High-quality metal tape is also recommended.
Insulate the ductwork: This helps prevent heat loss and gain. It’s especially important to insulate ductwork running through unconditioned areas.
Replace damaged ductwork: The above repairs may work in your situation, but if not, look into replacing the ductwork. The investment will pay for itself in lower energy bills and improved indoor comfort and air quality.
For professional help achieving tight ducts in your Valley-Metro area, contact Cooer Climate Control today. We guarantee your satisfaction 100 percent.