Save Energy through Duct Testing and Sealing
Did you know that in the average home, up to 30 percent of heating and cooling energy is lost through the duct system? This means conditioned air is lost through leaks and poor connections, escaping the system before it ever reaches your living areas. Air loss through your duct system is a huge waste of energy; imagine how much you could lower your energy bills if you resolved this issue!
Signs Your Ducts Aren’t Performing Properly
Though their installation locations make them harder to assess visually, there are some tell-tale signs which point to poor duct performance:
- High utility bills during heating and cooling season
- Areas of the home are more difficult to keep comfortable
- Areas of the home feel stuffy
Duct Testing for Performance Problems
Having duct testing performed will help you get to the bottom of the duct issues that are plaguing your household and driving up your energy bills. A duct blaster is used to pressurize the system so that air loss can be measured. The duct test will detect energy leaks, allowing the professional duct test administrator to identify problem areas within the system through the data obtained, as well as a thorough visual inspection.
Duct Sealing Improves Efficiency
Using the findings of your home’s duct testing, an energy efficiency professional can create an effective plan for resolving your duct issues. Your duct improvement plan may include:
- Sealing holes and loose connections with proper sealants
- Reconnecting fallen or disconnected portions of duct work
- Replacing failing duct work with new sections of duct
Benefits of Duct Sealing
Sealing problematic ducts offers a variety of benefits to homeowners, including:
- Comfort control problems are resolved, and temperatures can be regulated more effectively in all areas of the home.
- Indoor air quality is improved by eliminating holes and gaps in the system which allow contaminants to mix with conditioned air.
- Energy loss is prevented, lowering your utility bills and limiting fossil fuel use, benefiting the environment.