Keeping on top of energy costs can be a struggle, with bills continually rising. But what if there was a really simple solution which would cut energy expenses? Eradicating leaks in your home’s ductwork could make a real difference. Duct leaks are a major cause of wasted energy, but the good news is that this problem can be easily rectified.
What Are Ducts?
Ducts are basically a collection of tubes that run throughout your home, distributing the air heated and cooled by your HVAC system. As well as supplying this air, they also collect it back again and return it to the heating and cooling equipment.
Duct Leaks – Financial Cost
If you have leaks in your ductwork, your HVAC system is unable to operate as efficiently as it should. The duct leaks are basically holes and gaps in the tubes, through which the heated and cooled air escapes. Your HVAC system has to go into overdrive to make up for the leakages, and you pay more in utility bills.
Indoor Air Problems
Apart from the impact on your wallet, duct leaks also affect the air quality in your home. Dirty air from unconditioned areas can get in through the leaks, and access the rest of the home.
Poor air quality is known to contribute to serious health conditions including those affecting the respiratory system. It can also damage the fabric of the home, as it causes higher levels of humidity. Mold and mildew problems can develop, causing nasty odors and destroying home furnishings.
The good news is that sealing ducts is a relatively straightforward and inexpensive process. Get a qualified contractor to inspect your duct system and undertake a comprehensive sealing program using a sealant such as mastic or acrylic-adhesive foil tape. Regular cleaning of the ducts will also ensure that your HVAC system operates as efficiently as possible.
Don’t delay – contact us at Pacific Aire, Inc., for expert advice. We’ve been serving the Ventura and Santa Barbara areas for over 20 years and look forward to sealing your duct leaks and saving you money.
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