Air ducts are hidden out of sight in most homes, and this makes them easy to ignore for many homeowners. This may be a mistake, however, because leaky ducts waste energy and drive up your utility bills. Duct sealing can save you money by helping you heat and cool your home more efficiently.
1. How To Tell if You Have a Problem
If you have inefficient air ducts, chances are you’ve seen the signs. A few things to look for that might indicate you need to have your ducts sealed include:
- Your utility bills are unusually high during the heating and cooling seasons.
- You can never get certain rooms in your house to warm up in the winter or cool off in summer.
- Some parts of your house always seem to be stuffy and uncomfortable.
- Your ducts are located in an unconditioned space like a garage, crawlspace, unfinished basement or attic.
- You’ve inspected your ducts and found, holes, cracks, loose seams or bad connections.
2. Benefits of Duct Sealing
- Heat and Cool More Efficiently: If your ducts are sealed, it prevents conditioned air from being wasted. This can significantly reduce your year-round heating and cooling costs.
- Boost Indoor Air Quality: If there are broken or loose connections in your ducts, it becomes easy for dust, mold spores, pollen, garage fumes, and various other allergens and irritants to enter your air.
- Feel More Comfortable: Sealed ducts deliver conditioned air more effectively, helping you maintain the desired temperature in every room in your home.
3. Do It Yourself, or Call a Professional
Many homeowners choose to make duct sealing a do-it-yourself project. Whether or not you can do this largely depends on the accessibility of your ducts. In some homes, the ductwork is located in hard-to-reach spaces, in which case it’s usually a good idea to contact a professional. If you like, a certified technician can clean, seal and add insulation to your air ducts.
To find out more about duct sealing, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving Grand Traverse and the surrounding counties for more than 30 years.
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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