Faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of your home’s total air loss and introduce unwanted contaminants, odors and excess moisture into your home’s air. So just put a piece of duct tape over the problem areas, right? Wrong. Just because the word “duct” is part of the product known as “duct tape” doesn’t mean that duct tape is the solution for faulty air ducts. In fact, it could potentially make things messier. So what can you do to reduce the effects of poorly performing ducts? Schedule an Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., technician to perform duct repair on your system.
What’s Wrong with Duct Tape?
Your ductwork has to have a certain level of air balance to work correctly. One of the problems that develops from cracks, holes and disconnections in faulty air ducts is air imbalance. To regain this balance, the cracks and holes don’t just have to be covered, they either have to be sealed or repaired; duct tape is not capable of sealing or repairing. Not only will duct tape fail to create a proper seal, but it also won’t stick for long. The glue on the tape wears down quickly, typically within 3 months. What you are left with is a duct system that still needs to be repaired and messy glue residue.
When It’s Time to Repair
Duct repair is necessary when your air ducts are damaged or has serious corrosion. Damage can result from loose connections, animal and insect infestations and poor installation, and corrosion typically results from the development and spread of rust. Some signs that it may be time for duct repair are:
- High energy bills – Low performing ducts don’t allow the full amount of air generated by your HVAC system to get into your living spaces, which forces your HVAC system to work harder and use more energy.
- Poor indoor air quality – faulty ducts allows outside contaminants into your indoor air, which can significantly decrease your indoor air quality.
- Excessive dust in your home – do you clean frequently but still have a great deal of dust in your living spaces? This can be a sign of badly performing ductwork.
- Uneven heating and cooling – are you experiencing multiple hot and cold spots throughout your home? This can happen when your air ducts don’t evenly deliver air due to faults.
Air ducts can be restored, but only when a trained professional handles the repair.
When you call the specialists at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., you can rest assured that your duct repair in Atlanta will yield the results you need and last a long time.