The ducts in your home are used to bring the conditioned air from your heating and cooling systems to the rooms of your house. But if your home is like most, around 20% of the air that passes through the ducts escapes through holes, cracks and poorly connected ducts and registers. As a result, your heating and cooling systems need to work that much harder to keep you comfortable, which increases your energy bills. Leaky ducts can also make it difficult – or impossible – to get a room feeling comfortable, and can lead to poor air quality.
Benefits of Duct Sealing
A properly sealed duct system can make your home safer, more comfortable and more energy efficient, while improving indoor air quality and doing less damage to the environment.
Safety – Properly sealed ducts can help prevent “backdrafting,” where dangerous combustion gasses (including carbon monoxide) produced during normal operation of gas appliances (such as gas furnaces, clothes dryers and water heaters) get sucked back into the living space rather than being expelled to the outside through the ventilation system.
Comfort – Sealing (and insulating) your ductwork can help you regulate the temperature throughout your home. If you have rooms that are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, sealing the ducts could be the answer to help restore comfortable temperatures in all the rooms of your home.
Indoor Air Quality – Holes in air ducts can allow airborne particles, chemicals and pollutants to enter the forced air system and circulate in your home. Insulation particles, dust and fumes from household and garden chemicals that infiltrate the duct system can cause or aggravate asthma and allergies. Sealing your ducts can improve the quality of the air inside your home.
Save Money – Leaky air ducts can reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems by more than 20 percent. Sealing duct leaks will reduce the energy wasted by your heating or cooling system working overtime to reach the desired room temperature. You’ll save money on your energy bills, and reduce the wear and tear on your equipment, which can prolong their working life.
Help the Environment – When you use less energy to heat or cool your home, you’re reducing the amount of fossil fuels that are burned at the power plant. Burning these fossil fuels creates pollution such as smog and acid rain, and contributes to climate change. By sealing ductwork and using less energy to heat or cool your home, you’re doing your part to reduce pollution and help the planet.
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