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How to Know if Your Air Ducts Are Leaking

Did you know that improperly sealed ductwork results in the average home losing about 20% of treated air? This inefficiency is costing the average homeowner a lot of money, especially during the fast-approaching winter months.

Before the temperature starts to drop, keep an eye out for these signs that your home is suffering from leaky air ducts.

There’s still time to fix the problems before they become more costly in the future.

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Signs of Leaky Ducts

  • Irregularly high utility bills during the height of summer and winter
  • Trouble areas (rooms too hot or too cold compared to the rest of the house)
  • Areas that are musty/stuffy
  • Constantly dusty surfaces despite regular cleaning

It’s easy to blame your HVAC units when your rooms are uncomfortable or your utility bills are high, but the real reason is very often your ductwork.

Properly Sealed Ducts will:

  • Ensure that 100% of HVAC-treated air will circulate through your home, efficiently heating and cooling the different rooms.
  • Increase general indoor comfort.
  • Improve the indoor air quality for greater respiratory health.
  • Help to lower energy bills.

The Importance of Good Insulation

In addition to being sealed, air ducts should also be properly insulated. Non-insulated air ducts will allow the temperature of the treated air to escape not through gaps or leaks, but through the material of the ducts themselves. With the proper insulation, you can ensure that the treated air stays treated all the way to the vents.

Contact an HVAC professional today to assess the state and quality of your air ducts and be prepared to save money this winter.

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