If you’re trying to cut heating and cooling costs, one of the first things you should consider doing is sealing your ducts. According to the Department of Energy, 75 percent of homes in the U.S. are affected by leaky ductwork. If your home falls into this group, you could be losing a great deal in annual energy costs.
If you’re using forced-air heating and cooling in your home, duct-sealing is an important part of keeping your system running efficiently. An estimated 30 percent of the air that moves through the ducts in a typical home is lost due to poorly sealed connections and other leaks in your duct work. Energy consumption and utility costs can be reduced significantly through the process of duct-sealing.
The most accurate way to determine if your home requires duct-sealing is by calling an HVAC professional. However, there are warning signs, like:
- Stuffy, uncomfortable rooms that pose a problem in terms of temperature control
- Spiking energy costs, especially during exceptionally warm or cold months
- Tangled ductwork
Some of the ducts in your home may be accessible for do-it-yourself duct-sealing, such as those in your basement, attic or garage. However, most of your ductwork is located in hard-to-reach areas of the home. To ensure that your ducts are sealed in the safest, most efficient and thorough manner possible, you’ll require the services of a professional.
If you are experiencing problems with your ductwork and would like an expert opinion, call Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning today for a consultation. Their knowledgeable technicians are trained to provide you with the best advice and service in the Fresno area.
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