Like a lot of Texans, you’re probably too busy with work, school, family, and friends to spend too much of your free time thinking about the state of your home’s ductwork (and if you’re not the hands-on sort, you may not have ever worried about issues like leaky ducts at all). But if you’ve been noticing your home’s climate isn’t quite as smooth—or comfortable—as you’d like, then it might be time to consider sealing your home’s ductwork.
Leaky Ducts Can Cost You Bucks (and More)
Did you know that leaky ducts can reduce the efficiency of a home’s HVAC system by as much as 20%? Or put you and your family at increased risk of fire and carbon monoxide-related dangers? Loose or ill-fitting connections, kinked or damaged ducts, and poor layout can create a host of problems for homeowners, from higher bills to rooms that seem impossible to heat or cool properly.
And that’s not all; leaky ductwork has the potential to aggravate pulmonary issues such as asthma, emphysema, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by allowing excess pollutants, contaminants, and dust to accumulate into your home’s atmosphere.
Warning signs for potentially leaky or otherwise problematic ducts include:
- Ductwork that runs through an unfinished basement, garage, crawlspace, or attic
- Warped, tangled, kinked, or damaged ductwork
- Stuffy or chilly rooms that are never quite comfortable
- Unusually high utility bills (summer and winter)
If you’ve spotted one or more of these issues in your home, it might be time to consider having your ductwork, and HVAC system, evaluated by a professional.
Benefits of Duct Sealing
Sealing up your leaky ducts not only saves you money by improving the efficiency of your HVAC system, but can improve the comfort of rooms throughout your home through better climate control, improve air quality by reducing system contamination, pollens, pollutants, and backdrafts, and help protect the environmentby helping you use less energy.
Remember, too, that properly sealed ductwork can form the foundation of a smaller, more efficient system if you’re planning to replace or upgrade your HVAC system, saving you even more money and reducing your environmental impact—without having to sacrifice comfort, air quality, or safety.
Sealing the Deal
The best place to start when sealing your ductwork is with calling your local HVAC professionals. Ductwork is generally concealed behind the walls or in ceilings and floors, and it pays to have an experienced hand guiding the process. Not only can they inspect your entire system for potential issues, but they can provide you with a full report on the state of your HVAC system, evaluate the system’s efficiency and challenges after the updates are made, and check for problems such as backdrafts and loose connections that might escape your notice.