Air Ducts – Overview
The air ducts in your home or office are among the most important systems when it comes to keeping your home comfortable. The purpose of your air ducts is to direct the heated or cooled air from your HVAC system and distribute it throughout the house.
When working in the optimal condition, the ductwork in your house can help maintain a comfortable temperature in your home along with upholding your HVAC system’s efficiency. To ensure that there is no air loss in your ductwork, you need to seal and insulate it. Sealing your ductwork is not a DIY task and you will need a professional to take care of this task.
Why Is Sealing Your Ductwork Important?
There are several benefits of having your ducts professionally sealed.
Improves the Efficiency of Your HVAC System
When there are leakages and gaps in your ductwork, your HVAC system needs to work more. As a result, this not only leads to excessive use of energy but also affects the efficiency of your HVAC system. It is estimated that faulty ductwork can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system by 20%. With adequate sealing, you can improve the overall efficiency of the HVAC system in your home.
Reduces Energy Bills
The improved efficiency of your HVAC system is often translated into reduced energy bills. Since unsealed ductwork results in loss of heated or cooled air, it can cost you hundreds of dollars a year. But with adequate sealing, you can reduce this loss and save on your energy bills.
Improves Indoor Air Quality
Another important concern that is associated with unsealed or leaky ductwork is poor air quality. When these leaky ducts are connected to your attic or other crawl spaces, the tiny dust particles and other pollutants enter your home and affect the air quality. By sealing your ductwork, you can manage this problem and enjoy better air quality in your homes.
Maintains Comfortable Temperature at Home
When there are leakages in your ductwork, this affects the flow and distribution of heated and cooled air throughout the house. It is due to the leakages in your ductwork that your basements are often the coolest place in the home during summers.
But with adequate sealing, you can enjoy a balanced air temperature throughout your home because sealing your air ducts increases the amount of CFM (cubic feet per minute is a measure of airflow from your HVAC system) reaching the registers on each floor in the house.
Protects the Environment
As you save on unnecessary loss of energy, in turn, you are not just saving on your energy bills but are also contributing towards saving the environment. Excessive use of energy is one of the causes of environmental pollution.
All in all, air ducts that are properly sealed and maintained not only help you save on costs and make your HVA system more efficient but also contribute towards making your home a comfortable place to live.