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Are Your Ducts Hurting AC Efficiency?

hand-sealing-up-ductworkHere’s the thing–your air ducts could be hurting your AC efficiency without you even knowing it. They could be hurting your indoor air quality as well. Your air ducts can leak out around 30% of your conditioned air–that’s air that you are otherwise paying for but not enjoying the comfort from. What’s the solution to this?

Professional duct sealing!

Now, you might be wondering–why? Why can’t you just get up there and put some duct tape on damaged ductwork? Well, that’s not actually what duct tape is for. Rather, duct tape is inappropriately named and was originally meant to tape up ammo boxes in wartimes. It actually turns brittle and falls apart if it gets too hot. So using it for ductwork would be a fruitless effort. But professional duct sealing is another story–read on to learn more!

Why You Should Invest in Duct Sealing

When it comes down to it, duct sealing will save you money. When your air ducts are appropriately sealed, they’ll be able to avoid air leakage, which helps conserve your energy use and extends the life of your HVAC systems. Leaky ductwork, on the other hand, diminishes the amount of air that is designed to go into each area of your living space.

When this occurs, you’ll notice uneven heating or cooling throughout the home, depending on the time of year. Rather than completely heating or cooling your home, leaks will allow conditioned air into unoccupied spaces like your attic or crawlspace.

And saving money isn’t the only way duct sealing benefits you! It also:

Improves Indoor Air Quality

There are a number of pollutants that can get into your living space through breached air ducts. Anything from dust and pollen to potentially harmful byproducts like landscaping and household cleaning fumes, insulation particles, and other outdoor pollution can make your home unhealthy, and feel uncomfortable.

Increases Safety

During the everyday use of your gas appliances, such as your water heater or clothes dryer, combustion gases safely exit your home through your ventilation systems. But what if your air ducts have holes or tears in them? Well, then backdrafting can occur. This is when gases are drawn back into your living space rather than expelled to the outdoors. Sealing up leaks minimized this risk and makes your home a safer one.

Helps the Environment

Yup, you can contribute to a more eco-friendly community by having your air ducts sealed. By doing so, you reduce the amount of energy needed to comfortably cool or heat your home. This reduces the amount of air pollution generated.

Improves Your Comfort

Let’s face it, this is the reason you even have climate control systems installed in your home to begin with–for comfort. Sealing and properly insulating the air ducts in your home can help with common comfort problems, like rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. In addition to duct sealing, another option to consider is having a zone control system installed to further help you address uneven temperatures.

Contact us for professional duct sealing in Joliet, IL. Comfort First Heating and Cooling, Inc., where we put your comfort first!

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