If you’re spending too much money on cooling costs this summer for your Florida home, leaky ducts could be the culprit. According to the federal Energy Star program, the average U.S. home loses 20 percent of conditioned air to leaks in ductwork.
While duct sealing is best left to a professional HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) contractor, you can work with your contractor to target problem areas and get the job done right.
Before calling your contractor, thoroughly inspect the ductwork in your home that you can access and see. Check for leaks along the entire network of ducts, paying special attention to connections at floors, walls and ceilings. Look for damaged and disconnected ducts. Keep in mind that your contractor has specialized tools and expertise to inspect those areas that you can’t see.
By the time your contractor arrives, you can provide a detailed analysis of where leaks and damaged ducts exist. You contractor should:
- Inspect your further ductwork for leaks that you didn’t find
- Seal leaks with duct mastic, which is a putty-like material that you can spread onto the leak. It then hardens to form a seal. Your contractor should not use duct tape to plug leaks. It dries and cracks, allowing leaks to reemerge in short order.
- Repair or replace damaged ducts
- Adjust ducts that may have become disconnected
- Test your ductwork once all sealing is performed
An additional benefit of using a professional contractor is that he can insulate ducts that travel through uninsulated areas of your home, such as your garage, attic or crawl space.
The benefits of duct sealing are significant, and include that:
- Energy bills will be lower because your system won’t have to work as hard to cool your home.
- Reducing the strain on your system means its components will experience less wear and tear, and should last longer.
- Cooling and heating will be more consistent throughout your home. No longer should you have to deal with rooms that are always hotter or colder, depending on the season, because of leaks or improper insulation.
- Air quality will be improved, because contaminants won’t be able to sneak into your ductwork.
- Your HVAC system will be safer, as the contractor will guard against backdrafting of appliances and do a combustion safety test after the ducts are sealed.
You can get even more long-term benefits with annual HVAC service, which also provides peace of mind that your system is performing at its most optimal and efficient.
For more information on duct sealing and other issues related to your home’s comfort, contact us at Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning, Inc. We’ve been serving Eastern Palm Beach, Northern Broward and Southern Martin counties since 1979.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about duct sealing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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