What is Duct Sealing & When Should You Have it Done in Your Coachella Valley Home?
Did you know that one of the most common sources of wasted energy in homes is hidden away behind walls and ceilings? If you haven’t guessed yet, we’re talking about your ductwork.
Many homes in the Coachella Valley have ductwork that is not properly sealed, which can cause up to 30% of the conditioned air that travels through the ducts to escape. That’s why Hydes offers duct sealing services that can greatly improve your home’s comfort and efficiency levels.
Today we’re going to talk about how ducts become unsealed, what duct sealing is and how it addresses those issues, plus the benefits of having your home’s ducts professionally sealed by Hydes!
How do ducts become unsealed?
Ducts can become unsealed due to either a poor-quality installation of the ductwork in the first place or from natural causes over time.
The former situation is typical when you work with a low-quality contractor. The installer might not have been well-trained and was underqualified, or they might have rushed the installation job in order to get it done as quickly as possible. You can avoid this problem by always working with a reputable heating and cooling contractor like Hydes.
More commonly, ducts become unsealed naturally over time. Connections between ducts can loosen up or something can come into contact with your ductwork that either punctures a duct or disconnects it at a joint. In either case, your ducts will need to be reconnected or sealed in order to prevent air from escaping.
What is duct sealing?
Unfortunately, sealing up your ductwork isn’t as easy as buying some duct tape at the store and patching up any holes that you find. Duct sealing requires a thorough professional inspection of your ducts in order to uncover both obvious and hard-to-find problem areas.
Hydes can send a technician to your home to do exactly that. After locating all of your ducts’ cracks, holes and loose connections, your technician will professionally seal up those problem areas using the proper tools and materials and ensure that air stays inside of your ducts where it belongs.
What are the benefits of having your ducts professionally sealed?
There are many benefits to having your ducts professionally sealed, including:
- Lower energy bills. As we mentioned above, the average home loses about 30% its of conditioned air through cracks and holes in the ductwork. That means that 30% of the money you’re spending on heating and cooling is going to waste. By having your ducts sealed, you can eliminate this problem and lower your monthly heating and cooling bills.
- Better comfort. Another problem with leaky ductwork is that some rooms will have uneven temperatures. Duct sealing will ensure that every room gets the conditioned air that’s intended for it and will help eliminate hot and cold spots in your home.
- Improved air quality. Duct leaks aren’t just bad because of the air that escapes the ducts; they are also bad because of the air that can get into the ducts. Unfiltered air can seep into your ducts through leaks, allowing airborne contaminants to bypass your filtration system and contaminate your air. Sealing up your ducts will prevent this problem and help keep your air healthy to breathe.
- Enhanced safety. Duct leaks can create pressure problems in homes that increase the risk of back-drafting of combustion gases from appliances like dryers, water heaters and furnaces. This is a potentially life-threatening issue that duct sealing can help prevent.
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 Hydes, your Coachella Valley furnace and air conditioner installation and repair contractor, at (760) 360-2202.What is an Air Conditioner Drip Pan? » « Switching From a Manual Thermostat to a Programmable Thermostat