Did you know that your ducts, if not sealed properly, can cause your home to lose a lot of energy and your utility bills to skyrocket? In fact, homes can lose up to 20 or 30% of cooled or heated air due to gaps or leaks in ductwork. That’s a lot of money down the tubes – but, fortunately, duct sealing is an easy fix!
Signs of Leaky Ducts
While detecting a leak in your ductwork is not as easy as identifying, say, a broken furnace, it’s far from impossible! Some telltale signs you may have leaky ducts include:
- Higher than normal AC or furnace costs
- Funny odor (can occur if your ducts are pulling stale or outside air)
- Rooms that feel stuffy and uncomfortable, difficult to heat or cool, etc.
- Extremely dirty furnace filters
- A significant decrease in the amount of air coming from the vents
And, of course, an energy audit can reveal any leaks, gaps or perforations in your ductwork! Comfortable Home Energy Audits has been helping homeowners throughout Maryland see where their homes are losing energy…and helping them start saving money!
Causes of Leaky Ducts
There is no secret to duct leak causes – in fact, there’s not a whole lot you can do to actually prevent your ducts from leaking. Most ductwork leaks are caused by:
Old age – as is the case with almost everything, the older something gets, the less well it functions; there’s really no way around it!
Typical wear and tear – think about it…your ducts are constantly being used! It only makes sense that they experience regular wear and tear.
Lack of insulation – ducts are typically installed in places where there is little to no insulation. Therefore, they are regularly exposed to extreme hot and cold conditions, which can take its toll.
Improper installation – this one can be avoided! It’s important to find a company who will install (and seal) your ducts right the first time. Otherwise, you could have a whole host of problems on your hands!
Benefits of Duct Sealing
In addition to increasing your HVAC system’s efficiency by as much as 30%, air duct sealing offers a range of benefits, including:
Higher levels of comfort – as we said, leaky ducts can cause your rooms to be stuffy and difficult to heat or cool. By sealing your ducts, you can eliminate these problems! This is particularly true for those rooms that aren’t as easily heated or cooled.
Safer environment – not only does duct sealing improve your indoor air quality (by keeping out contaminants and dust), it can also reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Usually combustion gases (including carbon monoxide) your gas-burning appliances produce are vented outside, but leaky ductwork can cause these gases to be backdrafted into your home.
Significant energy savings – Sealing your ducts will cause your energy bills to drop, and in certain cases, they may even allow you to downsize your HVAC system to a smaller system that’s much more efficient!
Aeroseal® Duct Sealing
Fortunately, leaky ducts aren’t difficult to fix – it just takes the right company and reliable solutions. Aeroseal® Duct Sealing is one such solution! A patented, innovative duct sealing solution, Aeroseal is effective at stopping leaks and making your home more energy efficient. Aeroseal has a success rate of up to 98 percent.
Traditional duct sealing methods include taping or using a messy caulk-like material, which can break down over time. Aeroseal is more durable and comes with a 10-year warranty. Aeroseal is becoming more and more popular as a duct sealing solution, and as one of the most effective and affordable options available, it isn’t hard to see why!
Aeroseal® Duct Sealing:
- Offers you airtight savings
- Creates a more comfortable home interior
- Promotes better indoor air quality
Even if you don’t necessarily need to reduce your energy bills, there are other benefits duct sealing offers, things you maybe didn’t even know about! Contact Comfortable Home Energy Audits today if you need duct sealing services in the Frederick, Damascus, Brunswick and surrounding areas in Maryland. Let us help you start saving money today!
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