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Could Leaky Duct Work Be Costing You Money?

Could Leaky Duct Work Be Costing You Money?
When it comes to your home, leakage is never a good thing. If you see water seeping out from your kitchen sink, you know that you’ll need to make repairs–and soon. With an HVAC system, detecting leakage isn’t as simple. There are a few indicators, like uneven cooling or heating and increasingly dusty rooms, that can be the effects of leaky ductwork, but one of the most concerning ones is the damage done to your energy bill.
Locate The Damage
If you’ve seen an unexpected increase in your energy bill, you’ve most likely tried doing things like replacing the air filters or installing a programmable thermostat. After receiving energy bills that are still high, you probably wondered what was really going on. Don’t worry, a high energy bill doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace your HVAC system; but it could mean that you need to fix some damage in your ductwork.

If your HVAC ductwork is faulty, you could be losing 20-30% of the air that moves through your duct system, therefore decreasing efficiency and increasing your energy bill. In order to prevent this from happening, you must first find the source(s) of the problem.

One of the first steps you should take in order to locate the leakage is to examine any already exposed or easily accessible ductwork. If you see crushed or tangled ducts, loose joints, or holes, you may have found a weak spot in your system. The best way to assess the quality of your ductwork though, is to hire a licensed HVAC repairman to complete an inspection. They have the tools and experience necessary to find the existing leaks as well as the ability to repair and replace damaged ductwork.

Patch It Up
You can make temporary repairs to holes or loose joints by using duct tape (the real stuff) or duct mastic sealant, as both methods are durable and will effectively seal off the opening. Once you’ve made the necessary repairs to the leaks you found, consider using insulation on all of your ductwork. By wrapping your HVAC ductwork with foil-backed insulation and securing it with foil-backed tape, you are preventing any further loss of air and improving energy efficiency. This, in turn, will result in a better working HVAC system that can properly heat and cool your home, and a lower energy bill.

If you’re having any difficulty in either finding the source of leakage in your HVAC’s ductwork, or are unable to repair the damage yourself, you should contact an HVAC professional. HVAC repair can be tricky, so let East Coast Heating & Air Conditioning do the hard work for you to ensure not only your safety, but also a lower energy bill.

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