Leaky air ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency in your home by more than 20 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They make your furnace and air conditioner work that much harder to do their jobs, which ends up increasing your utility bills.
A properly sealed and insulated duct system, on the other hand, can make your home more comfortable, energy-efficient, and safer. At Basnett Plumbing, Heating, AC & Electrical, we want to help you make improvements to your duct system and experience the accompanying benefits. Here are some ways properly sealed ducts can benefit your home:
Improves Your Comfort
Sealing and insulating ducts can help with common comfort problems, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
Enhances Your Indoor Air Quality
Fumes from household and garden chemicals, insulation particles, and dust can enter your duct system, aggravating asthma and allergy problems. Sealing ducts can help improve indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.
Promotes Your Safety
During normal operation, gas appliances such as water heaters, clothes dryers, and furnaces release combustion gases (like carbon monoxide) through their venting systems. Leaky ductwork in your heating and cooling system may cause “back drafting,” where these gases are drawn back into the living space, rather than expelled to the outdoors. Sealing leaks can reduce this risk.
Saves You Money
Sealing and insulating ducts increase efficiency, lower your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings. Plus, if you ever plan to install new heating and cooling equipment, a well designed and sealed duct system may allow you to downsize to a smaller, less costly heating and cooling system that will provide better dehumidification.
Protects the Environment
When power plants burn fossil fuels to make electricity, they release greenhouse gases. By sealing ductwork and using less energy at home, you can help reduce these emissions and fight global warming.
Know Your Ducts
In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. But in typical houses, a significant amount of the air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The results are higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.
Here are some signs your home may have leaky, poorly insulated, or inefficient ducts:
- You have high summer and winter utility bills.
- You have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool.
- You have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable.
- Your ducts are located in an attic, unfinished basement, crawl space, or garage.
- You find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system.
Call Your Ductwork Experts
Properly sealed ductwork reduces your carbon footprint, keeps your air conditioner and furnace running more efficiently, and lowers your energy bill. Our duct sealing experts at Basnett Plumbing, Heating, AC & Electrical can assess your home’s ductwork and offer practical solutions on how to improve it. Call 978-431-2906 or request service online today to learn more about air ducts and how we can help keep you comfortable throughout the year.