According to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Star program, leaky ducts in attics or crawl spaces can account for 20 percent or more of a home's heating and cooling energy losses. This results in higher utility bills for you and difficulty keeping your Marlborough, MA home comfortable.
A few signs you may have leaky ducts are if you have:
- High utility bills during the Summer and Winter
- Difficult to heat-and-cool spaces
- Stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable
- Attic, crawl space crawl space, or garage ducts
- Tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system
What Can You Do About Leaky Ducts?
Run your system and check the ducts and joints you can access for breaches or leaks. You can seal easy-to-access seams with mastic or foil backed tape, including where the duct meets the wall. Duct tape is not recommended for this purpose and fabric backed tape will deteriorate over time. If you have questions about what to use give us a call.
The following maintenance will require an HVAC professional:
Air Duct Insulation
Insulating air ducts is encouraged, doing so ensures that air maintains the set temperature as it travels to living spaces in your home.
Air Duct Testing
An air duct test consists of a certified technician taking a reading of the air pressure in your ducts to determine how much air is being lost. At that point, suggestions can be made to improve efficiency.
Air Duct Replacement
Duct replacement may be necessary if your ducts are no longer repairable or if you are upgrading your system. Proper ductwork and indoor air quality are imperative for the efficient operation of your heating and cooling systems.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, is very important to the health and well-being of you and your family.
To learn more about maintenance for your ducts, or if you have questions about your leaky ducts, call us today at 978-562-5309 or request service online.