Air ducts are a vital component of your home’s HVAC system, and any ducts that are leaking can reduce the performance of the system considerably, increasing your energy costs and making your home less comfortable. Properly sealing your ductwork is a relatively simple process, but there are a few things that you should know first.
WHY A PROPER SEAL IS IMPORTANT
Over 30% of air traveling through a leaking duct system can cause your energy bills to increase by 40% or more. Leaking ductwork can also allow dust along with many other outside contaminants and pollutants enter your home, greatly reducing the indoor air quality. Reducing your energy costs and increasing your indoor air quality could be as easy as properly sealing the ductwork in your attic, crawlspace, or basement.
HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE LEAKS
Do you have certain rooms in your home that don’t seem to stay cooled or heated as well as the rest of your home? Is it hard to keep your home at a consistent temperature? If so, you may have a leaky duct system. Any ductwork that is accessible can also be easily inspected for any obvious air leakage. If your ductwork is inaccessible, you should think about having a professional out to do an inspection.
SEALING THE DUCTWORK
So you know that you have a leaking duct system, whats’s next? Sealing your ductwork can range from being an easy and quick fix to being a difficult job, especially if it’s inaccessible, so it’s often best left to a professional. Most people think that duct tape is meant to be used on duct work, despite the name, regular duct tape will not do the job properly. To efficiently seal your ductwork, all loose joints should be sealed. Screws are needed for rigid ducts, flexible ducts should be straightened out and/or clamped, and all joints should be sealed up using foil tape or mastic that is made specifically for duct work.
Still need a professional hand or advice? Call R. A. Styron Heating & Air, we can fix, repair, and replace any and all duct systems.