Duct sealing is a cost-effective way to boost your energy efficiency and make your home more comfortable.
The average home loses roughly 20 to 30 percent of the air moving through the ductwork thanks to leaks, breaches and weak connections. This lost air is like lost money because it comes from the heating or cooling system. Yet the ducts are often hiding behind walls or in the ceiling, so many people are completely unaware of the problem.
How do you know if you need duct sealing? Here are five signs that your home has poorly performing ductwork.
Your Home Energy Bills are High
When ducts are in need of sealing, the HVAC system has to heat or cool more air to make up for the losses. As a result, energy costs rise. If your home utility bills are higher than usual and you can’t figure out why, poor connections or leaks in the ductwork could be to blame.
Temperatures in Your Home are Uneven
Hot spots and cold areas are often the result of defective or unsealed ducts. A properly functioning HVAC system will use the ductwork to equally distribute air throughout your house. If the temperature inside your home varies from room to room, you might need duct sealing.
Certain Rooms Feel Stuffy or Uncomfortable
Poorly performing ducts don’t just lose air – they also allow pollutants to circulate around your home. This compromises the indoor air quality, creating rooms that never seem to feel comfortable and, in some cases, respiratory issues. If these are frequent complaints among your family, sealing the ducts could provide a solution.
Dusting is a Frequent Household Chore
Pollutants aren’t all that can blow through the breaches in your ductwork. Dust from insulation particles and the outdoors can move through the ducts and into your living spaces. If you’re spending a lot of time and energy on dusting, duct sealing might be a good way to buy more time between sessions.
Your Ducts are in Hard-to-Reach Areas
When’s the last time you looked at your ductwork? If your ducts are in the attic, walls or ceiling – as is the case in many homes – you probably haven’t checked on them in quite some time. Many issues arise in these areas, so scheduling a duct sealing inspection could be to your benefit.
Think you might need duct sealing? If you live in northern Utah, southern Idaho or Wyoming, turn to the professional contractors at GreenHome Specialties.
A locally-owned and operated business, GreenHome Specialties offers a range of affordable energy-efficient home improvement services to bring down your heating and cooling costs. Our highly-experienced team has the skill, knowledge and experience to properly seal your ductwork and improve your home comfort.
Contact GreenHome Specialties in Provo or Layton, Utah, and schedule a free, no-obligation professional home energy audit and consultation to discuss duct sealing today.