Did you know that many HVAC-related efficiency problems don’t stem from your furnace or air conditioner, but rather the ductwork that delivers conditioned air to your home? According to the EPA, 20 percent of the conditioned air that’s produced in the typical home is lost through cracks, holes and disconnections in the ductwork. This can cause a host of problems ranging from higher energy bills to poor indoor air quality and more.
Luckily, there is a solution to leaky ductwork: you can have your ducts inspected and sealed by a certified professional like Hyde’s. If you’re interested in what duct sealing can do for your home, check out the four great benefits we’ve listed below!
4 benefits of duct sealing
- 1. Improved comfort. When conditioned air is leaking out of your ducts, it doesn’t get completely delivered to all of the rooms that need it. This makes it very difficult to evenly heat and cool your home. By sealing up your ductwork, your home will have more consistent temperature levels and you’ll reduce the amount of stuffy rooms and hot and cold spots around the house.
- 2. Lower energy bills. Anything that puts more stress on your HVAC system will inevitably raise your energy bills. When you have duct leaks, your furnace and air conditioner must work harder to adequately heat and cool your home. By sealing those leaks, your HVAC system will run more efficiently and your energy bills will be kept in check.
- 3. Better indoor air quality. Leaky ducts allow the unfiltered air that’s surrounding your ducts to get into your home’s airflow. That means that airborne contaminants like dust, insulation particles and chemicals from household products can bypass your filtration system and circulate into your home’s air. When your ducts are properly sealed, all of the air that’s delivered to your home will have gone through your home’s air filter or air cleaner.
- 4. A safer home. If a leak in your ductwork develops near a combustion appliance such as your furnace, it can cause something known as “backdrafting.” When this happens, the combustion gasses that are normally vented out of your home get sucked back into your home’s airflow. This can be very dangerous, which is why it’s important to seal any duct leaks where backdrafting can occur. Also, make sure that your home is equipped with carbon monoxide detectors so that you can always be aware of a buildup of dangerous gasses in your home.
If you have any questions about duct sealing, or if you’d like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hyde’s, your Coachella Valley HVAC company.