Did you know that because of leaks, you could be losing up to 20 percent of the heated or cooled air that flows through your home’s ducts? Not only will this lost energy make your home less comfortable, it will also increase your monthly utility bills. Heating and air conditioning equipment cannot function efficiently with leaky ducts, but some simple duct sealing is a low-cost solution that can save you a lot of money in the long run.
How Can I Tell if My Home Has Leaky Ducts? If there are rooms in your home that are always stuffy, never seem to get warm or cool enough, or become particularly dusty, you may need to invest in duct sealing. Leaks can be found where ducts meet registers, at filter slots, at any connection point in the duct system, or through rips and tears in flexible ducts. You should also check for kinks in flexible ducts because these can restrict air flow.
How Do I Fix Leaky Ducts? Mastic sealant or metal tape are best for duct sealing. Although it may seem like a good idea, duct tape is not actually the best sealant because it does not last as long as other affordable options. You should also add insulation to ducts in attics, garages, and crawl spaces. Energy lost through the ducts in these areas means more money out of your pocket.
Should I Invest in Professional Duct Sealing? Professional heating and air conditioning contractors can do much more than fix obvious leaks; they can find the small leaks that you can’t see or feel. They also have specialized diagnostic tools that can evaluate air flow, both before and after repairs. You can also be sure that the correct amount of sealant or insulation will be used, ensuring that you will not have to make the same repairs again next year.
The trained professionals at Roth Heating & Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can inspect and seal your home’s ducts, which will improve the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling equipment, saving you money and keeping you warmer through a Portland winter.