Have you noticed any of the following recently when your AC (or heater) is running?
- Strange rattling sounds coming from the vents.
- Musty or moldy smells in the rooms.
- Hot or cold spots in the house where you don’t expect them.
- A rise in utility bills that doesn’t correspond to an increase in cooling or heating use.
All of these signs can point toward damage in the air ducts that’s allowing air to escape from them. This is a common trouble with residential ventilation systems that can easily escape people’s notice. Although there are other possibilities for these symptoms, you should contact HVAC specialists and have the ductwork tested to make sure. If you have leaky ducts, professional duct sealing will solve the problem.
Why Duct Sealing Is Useful
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program, around 30% of the air moving through the ventilation system in a home can be lost through leaks. This will have serious consequences on the energy-efficiency of a heating and cooling system. Imagine that almost a third of the air you pay to heat or cool simply goes to waste through leaks. That’s not just air you’re losing, it’s money. Sealing up ductwork to return its airtightness will restore your HVAC system to its most energy efficient.
Sealing up the leaks also helps a heating and cooling system maintain pleasant temperatures. You can expect air that’s closer to room temperature coming from the vents, rather than the cool or warm temperature you want. The air can also pick up dust and dirt and other unwanted particles through the leaks, and this will have a negative effect on indoor air quality.
Schedule Fall Duct Sealing
Even if you don’t notice anything wrong with your ductwork, we recommend that you take the slower period during the fall to arrange with technicians for duct testing. If you do have leaks, you can arrange for sealing before your HVAC system has to get back to work again.
Contact Lee AC & Heating Services to find out more about duct testing and sealing in Green Valley, NV.