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Dealing With Leaky Ducts? 3 Reasons Professional Sealing Should Be Considered

February 28, 2012 | Blog

If you have forced-air heating and cooling systems, ductwork is the means by which air is transported to every room. Yet, you could be dealing with leaky ducts and not even know it. Some signs of leaky ducts include higher than usual utility bills, rooms that are difficult to keep comfortable, and rooms that always feel stuffy. The fact is that if you have ducts running through the garage or attic, you could be wasting energy as heated and cooled air seeps through gaps and cracks in these unconditioned spaces, or else gets lost to convection through the ducts’ thin insulation.

Here are three benefits you can enjoy by having your ducts professionally sealed:

  1. Improved Comfort: Rooms that are located far from the heating and cooling equipment may receive only moderately warm or cool air. This makes it difficult to keep them at the same temperature as rooms that are connected to the furnace with shorter duct runs. Sealed ductwork means the air coming out of every vent should be just as warm or cool as the rest of the house.
  2. Higher Air Quality: Dealing with leaky ducts results in air leaking into unconditioned spaces, but it also means that particles and fumes can be picked up from these areas. This increases dust in your home and may even introduce harmful carbon monoxide gas from “backdrafts.” This risk is done away with if your ducts are professionally sealed.
  3. Energy Savings: If your ducts are tightly sealed, you can stop dealing with one of the worst consequences of leaky ducts – the loss of energy that you’re paying for. When conditioned air isn’t getting to its destination, your furnace or A/C will have to work harder to make up for it, and this wastes energy, as well as the money you pay for it. Also, by using fewer fossil fuels to keep your home comfortable, you’re making an environmentally responsible choice.

No doubt about it, dealing with leaky ducts in your home is a hassle; they’re wasteful, expensive and potentially hazardous to indoor air quality. Put these issues to rest with a professional duct sealing. Learn more by contacting CCAC, Inc. in Corpus Christi.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about duct sealing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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