Do you have trouble keeping your Childersburg, AL, home comfortable? You may be losing heated or cooled air before it reaches your living areas through leaks in your ducts. Duct sealing can help to make your home more comfortable and save you money; here’s how.
How Duct Sealing Works
Your home’s ducts are typically sealed with metal duct tape or thermal caulk. Over time, both of these materials can break down, allowing your home’s duct system to leak. Renovations and home maintenance can also damage your ducts’ seals or loosen your duct registers.
A duct sealing contractor will inspect your entire duct system, looking for leaks. The contractor may use a machine that forces air through your system to better find where the leaks are. The contractor will then fix the leaks using metal tape or mastic, a pliable duct sealant.
Sealing Ducts Saves Money
Leaky ducts waste money as heated or cooled air spills out into areas where you don’t need it — inside walls, in your attic or in your basement —instead of reaching the rooms that you live in. This forces your HVAC system to work harder than it should, costing up to 20% more than a sealed system.
A Sealed System Is a Healthy System
Leaky ducts don’t just let air out—they also let air in, and the air that they let in can be dirty. Typically, the air that your HVAC system blows into your house has passed through a filter near your furnace, but air that gets into your system through a leak isn’t filtered. This can let musty, unhealthy air get distributed through your entire house.
Leaks also can cause moisture to develop in areas that are not well-ventilated, like inside your wall. This can cause spores and pathogens to grow, making your air even less healthy.
If you’re concerned that your ducts may be leaking, call Skelton’s Heating Cooling and Refrigeration to get help solving duct problems. We have years of experience and can help you make your home more comfortable.
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