Whether you’re looking to purchase a new HVAC unit or ensure your existing unit is running at its optimum capacity, one enemy exists that can derail your expectations if not properly accounted for: leaky ducts. While the signs can be difficult to recognize initially, the negative footprint left by having leaky ducts can be significant in many ways.
Assessing whether you’re afflicted by this issue is not difficult, as any combination of these signs often points to a leak-related issue:
Unusually high energy bills, particularly in the summer and winter months
Rooms that seem abnormally difficult to heat or cool in comparison to the rest of the home
Ducts located within attics or unfinished basements
Recent studies have indicated that leaks in the air paths inside your home can increase your energy usage by up to 30 percent. That’s because your HVAC unit will have to work harder to produce fewer results due to these leaks. The importance of fixing your leaky ducts cannot be overstated.
There are many benefits to be gained by removing these leaks. The comfort level of your entire home will increase thanks to the better, more efficient circulation of the warm or cool air your HVAC system provides. This increased efficiency will also result in lowering your energy requirements, thus saving you money. An added benefit of using less energy is the positive impact on the environment itself. Fewer greenhouse emissions are the result of added efficiency. Also, by sealing any leaks you reduce the risk of exposing the air within your home to potential pollutants found near the leaks.
If you wish to know more information about sealing leaky ducts or if you have an HVAC-related question, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Pipe Works Services We look forward to assisting you with your HVAC needs. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air ducts and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas.