|• Over time, ducts can develop leaks, holes, and poor connections.|
• Ductwork is often hidden in walls and ceilings, so it can often be difficult to repair.
• Do not use duct tape; use mastic sealant or metal tape.
Do you have high energy bills, stuffy rooms, or a dusty house? The problem could be your ductwork. Ducts distribute conditioned air throughout your home. Over time, they can develop leaks, holes, and poor connections. Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20%. The results are high heating and cooling bills, and rooms that feel uncomfortable, no matter how you set the thermostat. In addition, carbon monoxide and other toxic fumes from appliances, solvents, and paints can be drawn in through duct leaks and circulated throughout the home. Investing a little time and money to ensure that your ductwork is properly sealed and insulated can make your home more comfortable, safe, and energy-efficient, and the effort can more than pay for itself in energy savings.
Do You Have Ductwork Problems?
Take some time to assess your home and your heating and cooling system. There are several indicators of poorly performing ducts:
Steps to Improving Duct Performance
Ductwork is often hidden in walls and ceilings, so it can often be difficult to repair. There are some things that you can do, however, to make your ducts more energy efficient:
* Mastic is a a waterproof, putty-like paste used in building as a joint-sealer or filler.