Ducts are often neglected by homeowners, for any number of reasons. They’re often out of sight, don’t have any moving parts, and a lot of the problems that affect them don’t have physical symptoms. That doesn’t mean that ducts don’t need maintenance, simply that it’s hard to treat their maintenance issues on a case-by-case basis. In fact, duct maintenance is very important for both the health of your home and yourself. Let’s take a look at one of the most important kinds of duct maintenance, and the issues it solves: duct sealing.
Duct sealing is the process of examining ductwork for leaks, and sealing any that are found. There are a few homeowners who try to do this themselves, though they are often met with failure due to lack of proper expertise and equipment. Though they may look simple, ducts are actually quite difficult to both install and maintain. This difficulty is actually what contributes to a lot of duct issues in the first place.
Problems that Duct Sealing Solves
Ducts are so difficult to install correctly that many HVAC companies make mistakes when installing them. Poorly installed ducts are often misaligned or not connected properly, leaving large spaces for air to escape through. Even properly installed ducts can form leaks as they expand and contract over time.
While most leaks may seem small upon inspection, they can actually waste an incredible amount of energy and money. The US Department of Energy has estimated that the average home loses up to 30% of its total heat output to leaks the ductwork. That’s almost a third of your total heat that could be going to waste.
Duct sealing saves you money by finding and closing these leaks. It also identifies any more serious problems, like ducts that are poorly installed or in need of replacement. If you haven’t had your ducts checked or serviced in a while, you owe it to yourself to do so now. You could improve your heating efficiency and save yourself money at the same time.
If you’d like to know more, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We provide duct sealing services throughout Atlanta.