As the temperatures drop and your heating bills rise, you’ll likely focus your attention on ways to improve the efficiency of your heating system, whether through a programmable thermostat, sealing air leaks in your home’s exterior, adding insulation, or turning down the heat setting. But one of the most overlooked ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency is proper ductwork sealing.
When a home’s ductwork leaks air, it forces the heating and cooling system to work harder to compensate for the lost air, especially if the leaks are located in unconditioned areas such as your crawlspace, basement or attic. By thoroughly inspecting your duct work and sealing any gaps or cracks that can let air escape, as well as replacing worn-out sections of ductwork, you’re not only allowing your heating system to work more efficiently, you are saving energy and in turn saving yourself money on energy bills.
Depending on the age and size of your home, as well as the accessibility of your ductwork, some repairs may be too difficult for the average do-it-yourself homeowner. You’ll want to call a trusted HVAC technician to handle the job.
It is important to use the correct sealant when ductwork sealing, to make sure the leaks stay sealed over the long term. Most experts recommend mastic sealant and/or metal tape. Avoid using standard duct tape since it won’t hold its seal over the long haul. While sealing duct leaks is important, don’t forget to insulate your ducts as well. Just as leaky ducts result in lost conditioned air, heat energy can also be lost to conduction as ducts run through unconditioned areas.
If you have questions or concerns about duct sealing in your northeast Ohio home, call an expert. Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing has been an expert in the HVAC industry in the greater Cleveland area for over 75 years, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ductwork sealing and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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