Homes with forced-air heating and cooling systems utilize duct work to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. However, homes can lose air due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. This results in higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the rooms in the house comfortable.
How do you know that your home has inadequately performing ducts?
- Do you have high summer and winter utility bills?
- Do you have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool?
- Do you see tangled or kinked flexible ducts?
Duct work that is damaged, disconnected at the joints and registers, and lacking adequate insulation affects your home’s comfort and indoor air quality. Average homes lose 20 percent or more of heating and cooling energy due to leaky and damaged air ducts. The energy loss may also increases if you have inadequate insulation in your home’s unconditioned spaces.
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Benefits of Creating Good Duct Design
In order to get the most out of your heating and cooling system, and to minimize energy loss, you should consider taking steps to repair, seal and insulate your duct work system. Particulates and fumes from chemicals, dust, garage emissions and more can enter unsealed ducts, causing respiratory problems, such as asthma and allergies. An efficient duct system will make your home more comfortable, improve your indoor air quality by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through your home.
Checking Your Duct Work Layout
If you noticed that your heating and cooling costs are higher than usual due to energy loss, you should consider checking your duct work layout. Inspecting your duct work system regularly for signs of poor layout and energy loss can help you keep your home comfortable and safe. Here are just a few check points:
- Do you have rooms that are colder or warmer than the rest of the house?
- Do you have uninsulated ducts that are located in unconditioned areas?
- Do you have flexible ducts that are damaged or obstructed?
It is important to keep obstructions, such as furniture, debris blockage and any other items that may be impeding air flow away from the air-supply registers.
Also, if you have difficulty to open or close doors, it can be an indicator of different air pressure from room to room. Irregular air pressure in your home either pushes conditioned air outside, or sucks in outdoor air, compromising your home’s efficiency and comfort level.
Performing Duct Work Sealing
Should you decide to get your ducts sealed yourself, here are just a few tips:
- Check duct work at joints, boots and elbows for leakage.
- Check each register for leakage at the connections.
- Check air pressure at each register to ensure even airflow and clean/remove any obstructions.
- Check the air filter, and make sure that it is clean and that it has a tight fit with no gaps.
- Insulate your duct work in unconditioned areas, like the garage, basement/crawl spaces, and attic.
Final note, air duct sealing and moisture control are important to home energy efficiency, your health and comfort. For more information about preventative maintenance and home energy audit, give us a call at (850) 258-3225 or click here to learn more.