If your energy costs seem to be rising without explanation, it may be time to consider professional duct sealing. When ducts leak, up to 20 percent of your conditioned air can escape before ever reaching its intended destination. Not only does this affect your personal comfort, it also affects your monthly energy bills.
How can you tell if your ducts are leaking? Common indicators include:
- Visibly damaged or disconnected ductwork
- Inconsistent household temperatures
- Increased dust emanating from registers
- Foul odors coming from your registers
- Humidity issues
- Rising energy costs
When you seal ducts properly, you increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, and you maximize your energy savings. Many household duct leaks can be sealed by the homeowner. For instance, you can seal accessible ductwork in your basement by using duct mastic or metal tape. Avoid attempting to seal ducts using duct tape, as it has proven unreliable over time, often drying up, cracking and pulling away from the ducts, reopening leaks.
Remember, however, professional assistance is the best way to ensure that the job is done thoroughly. A professional can assess areas of your ductwork that you cannot, using special tools and techniques. This includes ducts such as that hidden behind walls and beneath floors.
Other issues that a trained technician can assess that the typical homeowner cannot include:
- The size of your ducts
- Proper design and configuration
- The adequacy of household circulation
- Trouble spots that could possibly affect the temperature or quality of conditioned air
Once your home has been thoroughly evaluated, your technician will begin to seal ducts, registers and returns to ensure that your energy loss is minimal. This not only reduces your energy costs, it enhances your household comfort. For more information about proper duct sealing, speak to one of our trained technicians. Contact Stack Heating & Cooling today for an expert consultation.
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