If someone asked you what the primary source of air conditioner efficiency is, what would you say? The SEER? The size? The thermostat setting? These are all good guesses, but it turns out that primary deciding factor in your air conditioner efficiency actually comes from your ducts! This means if you have perfectly sealed ductwork, your air conditioner will run very efficiently. If not, however, it could cost you!
How do you know if you have leaky air ducts?
Since your home’s ductwork is usually hidden behind your walls, it can be tough to tell if they are warped or leaking. However, there are a few warning signs you can look for that might indicate leaky air ducts:
- Your air conditioner or furnace costs are much higher than you expect them to be
- There are some rooms in your hard that are difficult to cool or heat, especially as you move away from the furnace or AC
- Certain rooms in your home are stuffy and never feel comfortable
What are the benefits of air duct sealing?
The benefits of air duct sealing are numerous. For one thing, air duct sealing could improve your forced air HVAC system’s efficiency by as much as 30%! Other benefits of air duct sealing include:
Improved comfort – having your air ducts sealed can eliminate hot and cold spots in the rooms in your house, creating a more even temperature and improving your home’s overall comfort. This is especially true if you have rooms in your home that the air conditioner or heating system just doesn’t seem to reach.
Improved energy savings – escaped air from leaky ductwork can significantly reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency – sometimes by as much as 30%! Sealing your air ducts will eliminate these energy losses and lower your energy bills. In rare cases, air duct sealing can even allow you to downsize your HVAC system to a smaller, more efficient system.
Improved safety – every time you run a gas-burning appliance in your home (your water heaters, dryers, furnaces, etc), they release combustion gases (including carbon monoxide). Normally these are vented harmlessly outside. If you have leaky ductwork in your home, these harmful gasses can be drawn right back into your home via backdrafting. Having your ducts properly sealed minimizes the risk of backdrafting, keeping your home safe from carbon monoxide and other dangerous gases.
Improved indoor air quality – sealing your air ducts does more than just help keep temperatures under control by keeping cooled or heated air in the ducts – it can also improve your indoor air quality by keeping unwanted contaminants out! This is especially beneficial for people in your family who suffer from asthma or bad allergies.
If you want to improve your HVAC system’s efficiency by having air duct sealing in Maryland or Washington, DC home, call Michael Bonsby Heating & Air Conditioning today!