Ductwork systems play a vital role for home comfort and long-term energy savings. Efficient air supply and air return is dependent upon optimal ductwork design. With that in mind, if you are considering retrofits, repairs or new-home construction, it’s worth calling a heating and cooling professional to help.
The Stakes Are High
Heating and cooling the average home accounts for about 60 percent or more, of energy consumption. According to government statistics, in the average home, leaky, damaged, obstructed and under-insulated ductwork contributes to heating and cooling losses of more than 50 percent by the time the air reaches the registers. As alarming as this statistic is, it does not even consider energy losses due to heating/cooling load. For example, a 4-ton unit pumping air through ductwork with 50 percent efficiency now becomes a 2-ton unit for the same 4-ton energy price.
Long-Term Energy Savings
Sealing your ductwork is necessary for any kind of energy savings. The goal of ductwork design is simple: provide a sealed, insulated and unobstructed channel to allow the circulation of conditioned air to efficiently heat and cool your home.
- Inspect ductwork for leakage at joints. Seal with mastic or foil tape as needed.
- Inspect ductwork for dents and damage. Ductwork is easily dented and damaged, which can loosen joints.
- Insulate all ductwork in unconditioned spaces (e.g. attic, basement, and crawl space).
- Check for adequate and equal air pressure at each air-supply register. Check for blockage and obstructions from furniture, debris, and any other object.
- Check your air filter monthly. This can save 5 percent of your heating and cooling costs, lessen the stress on your system, and provide clean and healthy air for your family.
- Hire a heating and cooling professional to clean and inspect your ductwork.
Sealing your ductwork is imperative for long-term energy savings, and it provides your family greater comfort. Call us at (503) 266-1249 for more information on sealing your ductwork, or to schedule a service call today.