Duct leaks release about 20 percent of the heated or cooled air in most homes. Heating and air conditioning make up a large portion of most utility bills, so these leaks could be costing you a significant amount of money. Duct sealing is the best way to stop these leaks and make your heating bills more manageable.
Signs of poorly-sealed ducts include:
- Overly high energy bills when you use your heater during winter
- Very high energy bills while using air conditioning during a hot Scottsdale summer
- Stuffy rooms
- Rooms that won’t heat up or cool down to a comfortable temperature with the use of your HVAC system
- Poor indoor air quality
If your home has any of these problems, consider hiring a professional contractor to check for air leaks and assess the quality of your duct sealing. If you’re unsure of the reason for your high energy bills, consider a professional home energy evaluation to check for duct leaks as well as other causes of high energy bills.
You might be able to repair some duct leaks yourself by finding cracks and repairing them with mastic sealant or metal tape. Since many ducts are concealed within walls, you will probably need the help of a professional to find and repair all of your duct leaks. Professional technicians will also be able to fix twisted or kinked ducts and redesign inefficiently placed air ducts.
After duct sealing, you might notice benefits such as:
- More comfortable home temperatures
- Better air quality, because duct leaks allow dust and pollutants into your HVAC system
- Lower energy bills
- Safer gas appliance use
A professional contractor can also help improve duct efficiency with proper insulation. If you notice exposed air ducts in your attic or basement, both insulation and sealing will probably increase your energy efficiency.
For help with duct sealing in the Phoenix area, contact the friendly experts at Wolff Mechanical. We’re here to help!