How Air Leaks in Ducts Hurt Your Air Quality

Monday, November 21st, 2016

We’ve recently written about how the fall is an excellent time to schedule duct sealing for your home. In that post we emphasized how you can save money this way, eliminating up to 30% of the air that goes to waste through air leaks in the ventilation system. Scheduling duct testing is the best way to find out if you need to have leaks sealed up to improve your home’s energy performance.

But there’s another important reason to have your air ducts made airtight, and that’s to protect your indoor air quality. Those air leaks can lead to unhealthy air getting into your living space.

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The Benefits of Duct Sealing This Fall

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

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.

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Should I Have My Ducts Tested?

Monday, July 25th, 2016

When you think of your AC, you probably think of the large outdoor and indoor units, which contain all of the  major components of any air conditioning system: compressor, condenser, evaporator, and air handler, among numerous others. But let’s not forget about the ducts. Your sheet metal or flexible ductwork is responsible for transporting your cooled air throughout the home. If yours aren’t working properly, then neither is your air conditioner. 

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What Is Duct Testing and Should I Have It Done?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

If your home is like most, it has a complex network of air ducts running through the walls and in the ceilings. These ducts transport air from your air conditioner and forced-air heater to distribute comfort evenly around the rooms.

Because the ductwork is mostly hidden from your sight, it’s often difficult to tell if it has sustained damage and developed air leaks. Leaking ducts can be a serious problem, contributing to a loss of 30% of the air inside them (source: U.S. Department of Energy). That’s a lot of air that you pay to cool or heat that you don’t end up benefiting from.

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