Why Resealing Your Duct Work Is Important

Posted on: 23 December 2014

Your air ducts carry heated and cooled air from your furnace and air conditioning systems to your living spaces. Keeping these conduits well maintained is essential to insuring that your systems are working at peak efficiency. Over time, vibrations from the systems and minor settling to your house can cause the connections in these ducts to because loose and possibly even to come apart.

Having your ducts re-sealed corrects these problems and offers a myriad of benefits:

Reasons to Have Your Ducts Re-Sealed

1. To conserve energy

When your ducts aren't tightly fitted together, heated and cooled air can escape via the gap before it ever has a chance to reach your living spaces. This not only wastes energy, but causes your systems to have to work harder to keep your rooms at an optimum temperature, potentially shortening the lifespan of your systems. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, leaking ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by up to 20 percent.

2. To save money on your utility bills

When your ducts are "leaking" hot and cold air, you have to spend more on electric, natural gas and/or fuel oil to keep your home comfortable.

3. To keep your rooms comfortable

Loose connections in your duct work can cause one room in your home to be cold, while another room is too warm. This uneven flow of air makes it difficult to keep all of your rooms comfortable at the same time.

4. To reduce unnecessary noise

Ducts that are fitted poorly together have a tendency to rattle and vibrant, causing noise to circulate throughout your home. Properly sealed ducts are virtually noise-free.

5. To improve your indoor air quality

Another benefit to having your ducts re-sealed is to keep dirt and debris from entering and collecting in your duct work. When there are gaps between the ducts, dust can get inside and be circulated throughout your home, exacerbating breathing conditions like asthma and COPD and making it more difficult to keep your house clean.

Having your ducts re-sealed can save you money on your utility bills while extending the life of your heating and cooling systems and making sure that your home is comfortable all year round. If you see gaps around your duct connections or if you notice a dramatic difference in temperature from one room to the next, it's time to call a heating and cooling specialist.

To learn more, contact a company like R & B Heating & Air Conditioning.