air-quality

Duct Sealing: 5 Benefits You Can’t Ignore

Published on: August 30, 2012

Your home’s air ducts are concealed either in the floor or over your head. You will have an easy time neglecting your ductwork due to its placement but this may lead to serious safety issues. The air ducts spread the hot or cool air throughout your home. Leaky ducts will make your energy costs higher and less efficient.

Your home has an HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system that cools and heats your home. If your ductwork has a leak or a hole, you will be providing air to unused areas of the home making your entire system less efficient. An easy visualization is to imagine a water hose with a hole in it. The hose will leak and waste water requiring the use of more water than necessary. A simple repair to the hose will help conserve water.

There are five main benefits to sealing your home’s ductwork.

1. Improve The Indoor Air Quality In Your Home:
A leaky air duct will bring in particles from areas of your home and circulate that air throughout the rooms. Some of the particles that will be spread through leaking ducts are stored chemicals, insulation and dust. This dispersal of particles will aggravate the allergies and asthma of anyone living within the home. Sealing your ducts will reduce or eliminate this issue and improve the indoor air quality of your home. Improving the air quality within your home allows family members to breathe cleaner air and live in a safer environment.

2. Increased Comfort Level In Your Home:
The sealing of air ducts will help eliminate the problem of rooms that are too warm or too cool. A forced air system is designed to evenly distribute air to every room in your home. A room that is always too hot or cold is a sign of a leaking air duct. A leaking duct is able to occur at any time even in a brand new house. This issue is caused by the inability of your HVAC system to evenly distribute the air to each room. Sealing your air ducts will allow your home to have regulated heating and cooling in every room.

3. Lower Your Home’s Energy Costs:
Leaking air ducts have been proven to increase energy bills by as much as 20 percent. Sealing your home’s air ducts will increase the HVAC system’s efficiency and lower your monthly bills. This reduction in energy bills will pay for the duct sealing in a very short amount of time. If you decide to install a new HVAC system, the choice to seal your air ducts will allow you to downsize the entire HVAC system for increased energy savings. The more efficient your HVAC system is, the more money you will save on energy costs.

4. Help Save the Environment:
The energy you use in your home most often comes from fossil fuels. Fossil fuels add to reduced outdoor and indoor air quality, smog and global warming. The less energy that you use within your home will help decrease your carbon footprint. The simple act of sealing your air ducts will reduce the amount of energy needed to heat or cool your home. This will reduce your home’s energy output and pollution generated by your HVAC system. If your home relies on strictly electric cooling and heating, you will reduce air pollution by generating less electricity throughout your home.

5. Help Keep Your Family Safe:
Your home’s air ducts not only heat and cool your home but they release toxic gas too. If you have leaking air ducts, gasses such as carbon monoxide will be released into your home instead being dispelled to the outdoors. This is a potentially life threatening issue. Sealing your ducts will eliminate any dangerous gasses from entering your living space. Gas appliances in your home release toxic gas as they operate. If you have a leak in your ductwork, this may cause a problem known as “backdrafting.” Backdrafting is caused by the poisonous gasses being pulled into your home instead of being released outside. Sealing your air ducts will minimize the chance of this occurring and will keep your home and family safe.