To keep your HVAC system working at its most efficient level, you must have tight ducts. Leaks in your ducts allow energy loss as heated or cooled air leaves the system before it’s delivered where it’s needed. Uneven or overly high energy bills are a clear sign of leaking ducts. Here’s why it’s important to keep your ducts tight, and what you can do if you suspect you have an issue.
Tight Ducts Keep Your Home More Efficient and Comfortable
Tight ductwork is crucial for two reasons. First, it keeps your home more comfortable. Leaky ducts can allow heated or cooled energy to escape before it reaches areas of your home, and this can hurt the overall comfort of your home.
Second, ducts that leak allow energy to leave the system, and with it the money you’ve worked hard for. Leaky ducts make your energy bills higher than they should be.
Signs of Ductwork Leaks
So beyond the discomfort or high energy bills, are there any signs that indicate you have a problem with your ducts? These can be signs of ductwork issues that need to be addressed:
- Rattling noises from the ducts
- Uneven heating and cooling throughout the home
- Loud “swoosh” of air flow
While these may or may not indicate a leak, if you’re noticing them, you need to talk to a qualified HVAC professional to ensure you don’t have a serious problem brewing.
How to Fix a Leak
Fixing a ductwork leak requires the right knowledge and understandings about how these systems work. Duct tape, unfortunately, is all-too-common of a solution, but one that does little real good. Instead, you need to seal leaks with mastic sealant or a quality metal tape designed for the purpose. However, finding the leaks is not always easy, so it’s always best to consult with a qualified HVAC professional.
Of you suspect that you might have a leaky duct problem in your Broken Arrow home, contact the Air Assurance team for an evaluation and workable solution. With tighter ducts, you will enjoy a more comfortable and more efficient home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about tight ductwork and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 918-217-8273.
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