Dodrill Comfort & Energy Solutions seals air ducts for maximized energy efficiency, as part of a program designed to save you up to 40 percent on your heating and cooling bills. We’ll inspect your ductwork as part of our Free Ductwork Sealing Estimates.
Proper Air Ductwork Sealing and Maintenance
If you have forced-air heating, central air conditioning, or both, your house contains a system of ductwork that sends conditioned air (heated or cooled) throughout the home. They generally work through two types of duct systems:
Supply Ducts— Designed to blow conditioned air to your various rooms
Return Ducts— Sends air back to the furnace or air conditioning unit so this air can be heated or cooled.
Between both types of ducts, the air is cycled continually until your thermostat tells the furnace or AC that the right temperature has been achieved.
Healthy Ductwork Makes a Difference!
Making sure your ductwork is the proper size and installed properly is key to having an efficient heating and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
Unfortunately, ductwork sealing is commonly overlooked during home energy performance evaluations, despite the following:
- Comfort: When air ducts leak, they let air you just paid to heat or cool out of your home. Instead, the air in your home leaks into your attic, basement, or crawlspace. And the air that does reach you, won’t be as warm or cool as it was intended to be causing you to have a less comfortable home.
- Energy Efficiency: If hot air from your attic or cold air from your basement is being allowed into your system, it will take more energy and money to cool or heat it so that it’s the right temperature for your home.
- Indoor Air Quality: If you have leaks in your return ducts, you may be sending “bad air” directly into your living space, where the system runs. You wouldn’t want to breath air from your crawl space all day long, but if you have an uncontrolled leak, you may be doing just that. Leaky ducts may also create “pressure imbalances” that keep some rooms under positive pressure and others in a slight vacuum. If this happens, you may have unhealthy air (laden with dirt, dust, pollen, allergens, and other contaminants) sucked into your home.
- Safety: Pressure imbalances caused by leaky ducts can lead to back-drafting in combustion appliances such as furnaces, wood stoves and gas ranges. When this happens, you risk exposure to carbon monoxide.
Dodrill Comfort & Energy Solutions says…
Up to 40 percent of the energy usage of your HVAC system could be wasted by leaky ducts. It’s extremely important that you include ductwork testing and evaluation in your home energy checkup.
If you are installing or upgrading your home insulation, you should consider having your ductwork sealing inspected, along with duct cleaning and sealing if necessary to ensure maximum home energy efficiency.