09 Jan The Home’s Ductwork: How Those Leaks Are Costing You Money and Compromising Your Air Quality
Homeowners who have forced-air HVAC systems will want to be aware that ductwork leaks can cause high energy bills and reduced indoor air quality. Ducts are known to leak any time during the useful life of a home and are usually hidden from view. The breaches in your ductwork can pull dirt and noxious gases into the home, as well as raise energy bills.
Leaking ductwork can increase the amount you spend on energy bills because it sends heated or cooled air into spots that don’t need it. If your energy bills have increased, or you notice that some areas in your home aren’t comfortable, suspect ductwork problems. Another indicator can be a dust buildup near the registers.
Because most ducts run through the attic, basement ceiling and walls, it’s often hard to detect problems. The best first step of action to take is contacting your HVAC professional who can test them with special industry equipment that determines where they are and the extent of the leakage.
If you can access your ductwork, look at the joints between the registers to ensure that they’re tight. Another common area for leaks occurs in the connection between the branches of the ductwork in your home. If you notice loose connections, rips or holes, seal them with mastic, which is a type of adhesive HVAC pros use to seal ductwork leaks. You can also try sticky metal tape, but should never use duct tape, because its adhesive won’t last long.
It’s important to seal any leaks especially because leaks can pull carbon monoxide (CO) into your home if you use any vented gas appliances, like a furnace. If your detector goes off without warning, it might be alerting you to duct leaks.
To find out more about ductwork leaks and mitigating the energy losses as well as reduced air quality in your home, contact Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning.