It’s Time To Get Your ‘Ducts’ In A Row
Leaky air ducts account for 25 percent of the lost heat in your home, and as most homeowners know, this means smaller pockets for them. So wave goodbye to that little nest egg you’ve been saving up for the next family vacation because your energy bills will skyrocket!
When leaks are present, the HVAC system kicks into overdrive trying to maintain the desired temperature inside your home. The more air it pumps through your vents, the more air that sneaks out and disappears. However, these issues may also result from insulation problems, thermostat malfunctions or clogged intake filters so tackle one thing at a time.
To determine if you have air duct leaks in your house, look for these telltale signs:
- Is one room harder to heat or cool than others? Cold spots and temperature fluctuations throughout the house is a sign that air ducts are not transporting air properly.
- After turning on your AC do you notice extra dust settling in the room? Dust, dirt and other contaminants are sucked into your HVAC system when leaks are present, so pay attention!
- Higher utility bills is a sure-fire sign that your home’s cooling and heating system is working overtime to keep your house comfortable.
If these issues arise, it’s time to check your homes air ducts and seal them promptly.
To properly seal your air ducts:
- Turn on your HVAC system.
- Locate your air ducts.
- Run your hands along the edges and check for escaping air.
- If a leak is present, seal with a mastic-type sealant. Do not use duct tape! It’s a quick fix for a long-lasting problem.
The easiest way to check for leaks is to hire a professional HVAC technician as not all of your homes air ducts are visible to the naked eye. Some air ducts are hidden in your walls, ceilings, attic, and basement and not easily accessible.
When your ducts are properly sealed and in good working order, call in the professionals at Steam Pro Inc. to give them a proper cleaning, as the built-up dust and allergens sucked into the vents can cause myriad of other issues. We are now accepting appointment requests online so make yours today!