Your ducts are an important part of your heating and cooling system. If they are not working correctly, you could be wasting heated or cooled air as well as money! Ducts that are leaky will leak the heated and cooled air that is making its way into your home. In fact, if your ducts do have gaps, buckles or leaks they could be letting 20 to 30 percent of the heated or cooled air out as it travels through the ducts.
How to Know if Your Ducts are Leaking Air
There are a few things that could point towards leaky ducts, including:
- High year-round utility bills.
- Rooms in your home that are difficult to keep comfortable while your system is running.
- You have exposed ducts that are located in the attic, garage or crawlspace.
- You have noticed that the ducts in your home have gaps and kinks.
- You can’t keep up with the dusting in your home.
- You have rooms that feel stuffy all of the time.
Leaking ducts are not only energy wasters, they can also cause trouble for those that have asthma or upper respiratory issues. This is due to the fact that air is not only leaking out of your ducts but it is also entering your ducts. This air is not filtered and likely to contain allergens, fumes and other irritants.
The Benefits of Having Your Ducts Sealed
If you have your ducts inspected only to find that you have leaks you may seriously want to consider having your ducts sealed. Ducts that are well designed and are sealed properly will improve your home’s comfort levels, decrease your energy costs and keep your home safer.
As ducts can often be hidden in hard to reach places it is a good idea to have an expert come out to your home and inspect your ducts. After they have given you a report on what is happening with your duct system you can then make a decision on whether you wish to have your ducts sealed.
Sealing your own ducts can be sometimes seen as a good idea from DIY homeowners. However, due to the fact that there could be hidden ductwork and the chances of damaging your ductwork is possible. If you are unsure exactly how to seal your ducts, it is a good idea to call an expert.
If you suspect that you may have leaking ducts and live in the Washington, DC metro area, contact the team at Michael Bonsby Heating & Cooling today. We can help you seal your home’s ducts reducing your energy costs, improving the air in your home and keeping your family safe.