Sealing the ducts in your home is a great way to increase the efficient operation of your HVAC system as well as the level of comfort your home.
Sealing your air ducts can solve many common comfort problems. If your rooms are too hot in the summertime or too cold in the wintertime, there's a good chance your ducts have a leak in them that's preventing proper air circulation. These leaks allow air to escape into crawlspaces and ceilings and can cause significant energy loss.
Furthermore, if the seals in your ducts have failed, they can allow insulation and dust particles to contaminate your air supply. Naturally, these irritants can induce asthma and allergy symptoms. Even more insidious, dangerous fumes from chemical cleaners and garden fertilizers can enter your home and cause long-term health problems. Leaks in your ductwork can also allow fumes from gas appliances such as water heaters, dryers and furnaces to seep into your ventilation system and circulate throughout your home. In a worst case scenario, carbon monoxide could fill your home long before you recognize the danger.
In light of all this, it's important that you take the proper precautions when sealing the ducts in your home. It's a good idea for you to visually inspect your ductwork at least once a year to make sure that connections are solid and that sealing tape has not dried out and fallen off. If it has, it's an easy fix in most cases. As an added step, if you haven't had your ducts professionally cleaned in a while, you should consider hiring an HVAC contractor to come in and vacuum them out. By cleaning them out, you'll improve the air quality in your home while simultaneously determining if there are leaks in areas that you can't visually inspect.
If you would like Sobieski Services to come out and inspect your ductwork, contact us today.
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