“Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent.Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings” (Energy Star).
Your duct work is connected to your air handler; it distributes the air from the air handler to the supplies and vents throughout your home. According to Energy Star, about 20 percent of the air is lost because of inadequate or improper sealing and insulation. Obviously, this dramatically increases your energy costs, because your system runs longer (or indefinitely) trying to get your home to the set temperature.
A duct system that is properly sealed and insulated can make your home more comfortable,energy efficient and safer.
Signs that your home has poorly performing ducts:
- You have high summer and winter utility bills;
- You have rooms that are difficult to heat and cool;
- You have stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable;
- You find tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system.