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Duct Leakage Can Create 3 Big Problems in Your Home

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The ducts in most Coachella Valley homes are hidden away behind walls and ceilings, which can make them “out of sight and out of mind.” But if your ducts have leaks, they could secretly be negatively affecting your home in a few important ways. Today we’re going to talk about what duct leakage is, the three big effects it can have on your home and some common problems you can have with your air ducts near the Coachella Valley!

What is duct leakage?

Your ducts are the delivery system through which conditioned air is sent to every room in your home. In a perfect world, those ducts would be completely sealed up and air would have no problem getting where it needs to go. In reality, that’s often far from the case.

According to Energy Star, approximately 20 percent of conditioned air in the average home is lost due to cracks, leaks, holes and disconnections in the ductwork. Duct leakage can occur right off the bat due to a poor system AC installation, or they can develop over time.

3 Major Effects That Duct Leakage Can Have on Your Home

  1. Makes your home less efficient. When your home has duct leaks, conditioned air escapes before it gets to your living spaces. This decreases your home’s efficiency levels in two ways. First, your furnace and air conditioner waste energy on conditioning air that is never actually used. Second, your heating and cooling system has to work harder and longer to maintain your desired home temperature levels, which can severely increase operating costs.
  2. Makes your home less comfortable. Duct leakage makes it difficult for your home to heat and cool properly. Depending on where the leakage is located, some rooms might never receive enough conditioned air, which can create uneven temperature levels in your home. In addition, unconditioned air can leak into your ducts and alter your home’s temperature levels.
  3. Worsens your home’s indoor air quality. Another side effect of unconditioned air leaking into your ducts is that it can worsen your home’s indoor air quality. That’s because the air that leaks inside is unfiltered, and it can contain all sorts of contaminants. This is especially problematic when duct leaks occur in parts of your home that are commonly dusty (such as your attic).

Common Ductwork Problems in Coachella Valley Homes

How Duct Leaks Create Cold Spots

When your ductwork has leaks, the heated air your furnace produces escapes through the leaks and never reaches the intended destination. Not only are you left with uneven temperatures, those duct leaks could be sending heated air right into your attic or other “unconditioned” spaces. In fact, heat loss due to leaky ductwork could be raising your heating costs as much as 30%!

What Causes Duct Leaks

There are many ways you could end up with leaky ducts, including:

  • Improper Installation
  • Fluxuations in Air Pressure
  • Damage from Rodents & Vermin
  • Corrosion from Water Damage
  • Inadequate Insulation
  • Seismic Activity

The type of ducts your home has will help determine how they got leaks. For example, flexible ductwork or far less likely to be impacted by seismic activity than rigid ductwork, while rigid ducts are less likely to be damaged by vermin and rodents than flexible ducts.

Avoid Duct Leakage Problems by Having Your Ductwork Sealed

The most effective way to eliminate the cold spots in your home and lower your energy bills is to have professional duct sealing done. This process repairs all gaps, leaks and tears in your ductwork and makes it so your heated air makes it from your furnace to your living areas without getting lost along the way. This is one of the best ways to lower your energy bills while also making your indoor environment healthier and more comfortable.

If you have any questions about duct leakage, or if you’d like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Hydes, your Indio, CA, heating and air conditioning contractor.

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