In my local area, the summers are hot with excessive humidity.
When the winter weather arrives, it brings temperatures well below zero with brutal wind chill.
We rely heavily on cooling and heating just about all year round and cost adds up to about fifty percent of our annual energy expenses. The duct system is designed to move heated or cooled air from the air conditioner and furnace to every room in the house. With constant wear and tear, the network of pipes gradually develops holes and cracks that allow the air to escape. Because the maximum amount of conditioned air fails to end up where it’s supposed to go, various rooms never feel quite warm or cool enough. It’s not uncommon to waste up to twenty percent of the energy that the furnace and air conditioner produce. This forces the system to run longer to and increases operational costs. It negatively impacts the environment, the budget and even the long-term reliability of the furnace and air conditioner. Sealing up those holes lessens the chance malfunctions and helps the heating/cooling equipment to last longer. Duct sealing significantly reduces utility bills and pays for itself very quickly. It also prevents dust, pollen, dander, bacteria and all sorts of allergens from getting drawn into the system and introduced into the breathing air. These contaminants cause serious air quality problems that can aggravate allergies and cause respiratory concerns. Leaky ducts are the ideal habitat for mold, mildew, bacteria and pests to thrive. I make sure to have the ductwork professionally inspected every year. The technician completes a testing process to identify leaks and provides any necessary sealing.