Tight Ductwork: Just What the Doctor Ordered for Greater Savings
Maintaining the integrity of the ductwork in your Fort Collins home is paramount for your comfort in the coming winter months. Having tight ductwork will not only keep your home a stable, comfortable temperature, but it can save you a considerable amount of money on your heating and electric bills, and ultimately make your house more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.
During the wintertime, the average household can lose up to 40 percent of its warm air through leaky ducts. This in turn causes your HVAC system to work harder to replace that escaped air which will jack up your electric bill, but can also introduce mold and dust into your duct system, which can provoke allergies and quickly become very costly to get rid of.
What to look for:
There are a number of tell-tale signs that can inform you that your ducts may not be performing up to winter standards. These include:
- Having rooms that are difficult to heat to a comfortable level.
- Having unusually high heating bills.
- Being unable to maintain a constant room temperature.
- Having ducts located in the attic or garage.
- Finding bent or loosely hanging ducts
What you can do:
If you feel comfortable taking on a sealing project yourself, your cheapest option is to seal all duct joints and connection points that you can access with a mastic sealant or metal tape. The most commons points of leakage are where the ducts intersect a floor, wall, or ceiling. If after a few days your heating problems remain unchanged, it may be time to contact a professional to either seal all your ducts, or replace them completely.
Although hiring a professional to repair or replace your ducts may be more costly than a do-it-yourself method, in the long run it will pay off by saving you money on your utility bills, and allowing you to be more comfortable in your home during the cold winter months. For more expert information and advice on maintaining tight ductwork and other issues related to home comfort and maintenance, please contact us at Balance Point Heating.