Block Leaks, Save Energy With Duct Sealing

As a homeowner, you work hard to maintain the quality of your home so that you and your family can enjoy its benefits. Part of that maintenance involves energy-saving precautions. Using the right air filters for your heating and cooling equipment and using a programmable thermostat are two energy-saving steps. Duct sealing is another important process that you might not have considered yet.

Ducts are a critical part of the HVAC system. Think of them as the veins in your body that distribute blood to and from the heart. The HVAC ductwork system sends air from the furnace and air conditioner into the home’s various rooms. Without them, or if they are not efficient, you might as well just shut off the furnace or air. If there are leaks in the ductwork, you are essentially giving your utility company a bonus each month for energy they supply to you but you don’t actually use to heat the home.

An HVAC contractor can inspect your ductwork for leaks. Much of the duct system is hidden behind walls, in attics or crawl spaces. A contractor can access all parts of the system to: check for leaks, tangled flexible ducts, and ducts with loose connections; make sure the ducts are properly insulated; and check the supply and return balance in the air flow.

There are also things you can do. Duct sealing is fairly easy. Buy a special mastic sealant or any metal-backed tape to seal gaps. You can check connections where ducts meet registers and return supply grills.

Duct sealing can save a lot of energy. Experts estimate that up to 20 percent of energy that heating and cooling systems release is lost to unsealed ducts, which is a shame because it’s such an easy repair.

Sealing ductwork improves the comfort of your home, allowing your home to receive all the conditioned air your furnace and air conditioner release. The units themselves also operate at peak efficiency. Ultimately, you’ll find energy bills decreasing, which is always the best reward for work that you put into your home.

For an expert inspection of your duct system, count on Paitson Bros. We want you to have the most efficient, effective heating and cooling systems possible.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning services Terre Haute, IN. To get started, check out our website.


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  1. Posted July 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting post. I agree with you, duct sealing is really important. It help us in so many ways. Thanks for posting this.

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