One simple step that you can take toward saving more energy and money in your home is sealing your air ducts. This often involves sealing the joints of your ducts with duct tape. This is not, however, a permanent solution to this problem, despite the usefulness of duct tape.
Because they run through spaces such as attics, basements and crawl spaces, ducts are exposed to high heat and cold, which can eventually lead to joint separation. To permanently seal these gaps, a thick, gooey compound called mastic must be used. To save even more energy, make sure that your ducts are also properly insulated.
Leaky ducts can lose as much as 25% of the air that they are carrying into your house. Another problem experienced is that contaminated air from your attic and crawlspaces can leak into your ducts and eventually make it into your home. If you ever see any dust coming in through your vents, you may have leaking ducts.
One of the key steps to saving energy recommended by the Alliance to Save Energy is the inspection, permanent sealing and insulation of ducts.
To begin with, we will inspect your ducts. If your ducts are sealed with duct tape only, or have leaks in them, we will recommend that you have them sealed with mastic. We can also make recommendations as to whether or not your ducts should have additional insulation. To start saving more money and energy today, please call Carreon Heating and Air Conditioning for a Free Estimate.