Perhaps you have already made the effort to optimally seal your home for winter. Caulking and using weather stripping on windows will certainly lead to heightened energy savings this winter, but you could be wasting energy within the very walls of your home. To prevent this, add checking the ductwork and vents to your autumn to-do list. Here are seven common problems you may find: Furniture blocking supply or return registers: This common problem is the easiest to remedy, but not addressing the problem can lead to decreased home comfort. Poor duct connections: Where ducts meet supply and return grills are likely places for air to leak into unoccupied spaces of your home, like the attic, which wastes money. Leaks in return ducts: The air might not be making it back to the air handler if there are leaks in the return ducts. Leaks in supply ducts: If this occurs, heated air might be mixed with cold air in the garage, attic, or crawlspace, wasting both energy and money. Leaks at the filter slot: A filter in your air handler is important for trapping allergens, but if the slot isn’t sealed right, you could be losing air here. Disconnected duct insulation: Ductwork needs to be sealed because it’s made of such conductive material. If insulation has fallen out of place, it won’t do you any good. Kinks in ductwork: This restricts airflow and makes your air handler work harder than necessary to circulate air through your home, which results in higher operating costs. All seven of these points deserve your attention. The easiest way to remedy these problems is to contact Pipe Works Services We have expert technicians on staff that can check for these problems and more before you begin to fully rely on your heating system this winter. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about ducts and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!