What are some clues that your ducts are performing poorly?
- High utility bills in the summer and winter
- Difficulty heating and cooling rooms
- Stuffy, uncomfortable rooms
- Ductwork is located in an attic, crawlspace, or garage
- Tangled or kinked flex duct in your system
A duct system that is well designed, sealed, filtered and maintained can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient, and healthier.
The Benefits are:
- Indoor Air Quality
- Save Money
- Protect the Environment
Most power plants provide our homes with energy from the use of fossil fuels. Power plants add to smog, acid rain, and global warming. As you know, the less energy used in our homes, the less pollution generated. Sealing ducts reduces the amount of energy required to comfortably heat or cool your home, you can help reduce the amount of air pollution generated.
Checklist of Improvements We Make to Your Duct System If Contracted
- Use diagnostic equipment to measure and locate leaks.
- Damaged, poor connected or improperly sized ducts should be repaired or replaced.
- Tangled or crushed flex duct should be straightened out.
- Use tape, mastic, or an aerosol-based sealant at connection, joints and seams.
- Grills and registers should be tightly sealed.
- Attics and crawl spaces are unconditioned areas. Ducts there should be insulated with R-value of 6 to 8.
- Any duct system improvements should include a new filter
- An airflow test should be performed after sealing your ducts.
- A Combustion Safety Test will ensure gas or oil-burning appliances are not backdrafting.
The EPA recommends using a professional contractor for duct improvements.