If you’re searching for an inexpensive way to keep your home warm while saving money on your utility bills, you can’t pick an easier and more effective plan of action than tightening up the ductwork around your house. Since we can all use a little break on our energy bills during the cold winter months, it’s time to think about all the benefits that tighter ductwork can provide you with. Consider the following perks of improving your ductwork:
- Increased comfort. Cleveland weather is brutal enough on its own without drafts invading your home too. Well sealed ducts prevent cold spots or breezes inside your house.
- Improvement in air quality. Dust, animal dander, insulation particles and even fumes from household chemicals can gather in your ductwork, irritating sinuses and causing health problems. Tight ducts mean fewer pollutants circulating in your house.
- More dollars in your wallet. Up to 20 percent of heat that moves through ductwork is lost through holes, leaks and loose ducts. Tighter ductwork keeps your heat where you want it and your money where you need it.
Troubleshooting your ductwork
It can be tricky to make sure your ducts are fitted properly. After all, it’s designed to be hidden from view. However, a determined homeowner can improve ductwork in the following ways:
- Check the ductwork in your attic, basement and garage. Ducts are more obvious in these areas and easier to access. If your ductwork is shabby in any of these locations, it’s a good sign that you need repairs.
- Avoid using duct tape, as it doesn’t last very long. Instead, wrap your ductwork with metal tape or mastic sealant, for best results. These wraps are much stronger and more effective than ordinary duct tape.
- Thoroughly investigate the ductwork around all of your registers and vents. Disconnections and leaks are most common right at the connection point of walls, floors and ceilings.
Repairing ductwork can be a frustrating chore, so don’t hesitate to call a professional if it’s necessary. Stack Heating & Cooling can help locate and repair any problems you may have with your home heating.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about tighter ductwork and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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