Why It’s Important to Seal Your Leaky Ductwork
Behind the scenes, hidden from everyday view, your ductwork acts a highway to transport both hot and cool air throughout your home. It’s easy to take your ducts for granted, and while many homeowners are aware that ducts can become clogged and require occasional cleaning, they are completely unaware that leaky ducts can cause even greater problems.
Many San Antonio, TX homeowners will blame the furnace, air conditioner, fans or filters when they aren’t receiving the level of indoor air quality they expect, when really it is leaky ductwork that is causing the trouble.
Duct Leaks Cost You Money
If your ducts aren’t properly sealed, air is escaping every time you turn on your AC or furnace. That means you are losing air behind walls, into the attic, and other places you don’t want it to be. Naturally, losing air through leaky ductwork also means you are losing money. It’s estimated that leaks, holes and improperly connected ductwork can result in losing up to 20% of the air forced through the system.
This reduced efficiency means it will cost more to keep your home at the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat. Your furnace or air conditioner will still keep working to meet the desired temperature; it will just take a lot longer and cause more strain on the system. This added work would also cause your furnace and AC components to break down sooner, requiring more frequent repairs or earlier replacement.
Signs Your Ducts Need to be Sealed
Even though you can’t see the leaks in your ductwork, you may notice signs that point in that direction. If your heating and cooling bills have been rising for no apparent reason, leaky ducts could be the culprit. You may also notice swings in room temperatures, uneven heating or cooling throughout the house or just general discomfort from room to room.
How Duct Sealing Works
When you call in a professional to seal your ducts, the technician will thoroughly inspect the entire duct system, and then get to work sealing the leaks.
If no sections of ductwork need to be replaced, a specially designed sealant will be applied to close up cracks and holes so you will no longer be losing air. After the service is complete, your technician should also give you signs to watch for to ensure no more leaks remain.
Factors to Consider When Looking for a Service Provider
Looking for a reputable service provider can be a challenge when you need ductwork sealed. It makes sense to find a contractor that specializes in indoor air quality and one that has a proven track record of success.
You want a service provider that isn’t in a hurry to get to the next job, and answers all of your questions openly. Price is always a consideration, but shouldn’t be the only consideration.
If you can follow these tips and take action if you notice the signs of leaky ductwork, your home will run more efficiently and you’ll keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket.
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