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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Typically, up to 40 percent of the cooled air that moves through your ductwork is lost due to holes, leaks or inadequately connected ducts. This means a large part of the cost to cool your home is disappearing into thin air. Duct sealing lowers your air conditioning expenses in three ways:

  • Improved airflow
  • Enhanced air distribution
  • Increased efficiency

Improved Airflow

Holes and cracks provide an opening for dirt and debris to enter your ductwork. When debris builds up, it creates resistance to the airflow. Your air conditioner has to struggle to overcome this resistance and disperse the cooled air throughout your home. As a result, your air conditioner runs more frequently than it should; the more often your air conditioner runs, the sooner it wears out. Improved airflow reduces air conditioner maintenance calls, avoids unnecessary repair costs and eliminates the expense of premature air conditioner replacement.

Enhances Air Distribution

Leaky air ducts can lead to a difference in temperatures throughout your home or business. Your AC unit cools the rooms closest to it, but as the cooled air moves through your system and leaks out, rooms farther away remain uncomfortably warm. When this happens, the tendency is to lower the thermostat in an effort to get more cool air distributed. The lower the setting, the more it costs to cool your home. Sealing your ductwork will enhance air distribution and let you run your AC unit at a higher setting.

Increased Efficiency

If the ducts that run through non-living areas, such as a crawl space or attic, leak or have poor connections, the cooled air is wasted. Leaky air ducts decrease the efficiency of your air conditioner by up to 40 percent and can diminish the efficiency of a 15 SEER unit to the level of an 8 SEER unit. Duct sealing means greater efficiency; greater efficiency translates to lower utility bills.

Reports show that you can save up to $850 a year in energy costs by sealing your air ducts. Contact an expert provider today to learn more about duct sealing and cleaning.

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