It’s winter and colder weather means your want to stay warm. WE think it’s a good time to talk about how to avoid cold spots and drafts in your home. Top 3 things you need to know about leaky ducts. What’s the best way to do this? It’s all about maintaining your ductwork.
Hidden throughout your walls or up in your attic, proper ductwork allows you to enjoy the right amount of cool and hot air from room to room. The Department of Energy estimated that 20-40% of the heating and cooling power generated by your HVAC system is lost through leaky air ducts. The end result of this is not only to make your home less comfortable, but also less energy-efficient, even affecting your day-to-day health. Sealing your ducts and patching up insulation is key to establishing even temperatures in your house, whether we’re talking about air conditioning or heating equipment, so keep reading to learn more.
Top 3 things you need to know about leaky ducts:
- Less Hot/Cool Air: For most HVAC systems, functioning ductwork is a must. In the winter, leaky air ducts can create cold spots all over your home. The same things happens in the summer. Warm or hot spots, it’s probably because you have leaky ducts. To increase your overall comfort level, seal holes in your ducts and ensure they are properly insulated. You also keep air from slipping out no matter what season it is.
- Higher Energy Bills: Your home cannot achieve proper energy efficiency if your ducts are leaky. This problem results in higher utility costs for less comfort. Uneven temperatures can also confuse your thermostat. So your HVAC system has to work harder in certain parts of your home than others. By maintaining your ductwork, you’ll achieve high energy savings and increase level of comfort.
- Health Repercussions: Contaminants including dust, pollen, pet dander, exhaust fumes, carbon monoxide and other air pollutants can enter your system through leaks in the air ducts. Once there, they circulate around your home, meaning your air quality will be affected in every room. The effects of poor indoor air quality include everything from respiratory problems to increased asthma occurrences. You’ll also find issues to itchy skin and eyes to headaches, nausea, and even joint pain. Leaky ducts also lead to excess condensation, which means increased mold and mildew growth. That’s why for the sake of your comfort, finances, and heath, sealing and patching up ductwork is essential.