If your ductwork is not sealed properly or has leaks, it can negatively affect not only the comfort of your home but how much you spend on energy costs. Most homeowners don’t realize how much air can leak through the ducts of a heating/cooling system. Whether during the hot summer months or freezing temperatures in winter, you can save a bundle on how much you spend to heat and cool your home.
These tips will ensure that your ductwork is doing the job, resulting in a comfortable home and reduced energy costs.
- Seal the ducts in your entire home. This includes crawl spaces, the
garage, attic and even an unheated basement. Mastic or foil tape are best for this application.
- Ensure that connections at registers and vents are sealed. Occasionally ductwork can become disconnected. Check these
areas to make certain that there is a good seal.
- For hard-to-reach areas, seriously consider contacting a professional. A contractor may inspect your entire system, evaluating the supply and return air balance. You could have tangled or crushed ducts if you have the type that are flexible.
- Ducts that are located in areas where unconditioned air exists (garages, basements) should be insulated to provide further energy savings and prevent air loss.
Not only will ductwork that is properly sealed and insulated where needed improve the comfort of your home, air quality will be improved as well. If you have energy bills that seem sky-high or rooms that are always hotter or colder than others, it could be leaky or disconnected ducts that are to blame.
For decades, Ernst Healing & Cooling has been providing the Metro-East with dependable heating/cooling services and products. Have questions about saving money on energy costs? Contact us; we’re always happy to help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.