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3 Benefits of Duct Sealing

Most people don’t think about whether they need to get their air ducts sealed. Like many things, they just expect the ducts to do their jobs. This can have unintended consequences that make your home uncomfortable and cost you money.

If you aren’t sure whether you need duct sealing, consider how these three benefits would affect you.

It Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

 

Indoor air quality is a serious concern that families often overlook. Considering that people spend most of their time indoors, air quality is something that you should address in your home.

Unfortunately, the air inside your home has plenty of opportunities to get polluted. Since there isn’t much airflow, those pollutants tend to hang around and contribute to health concerns like asthma and allergies.

The problem becomes even worse when you have leaky ducts. When your ducts have holes in them, they can distribute allergens and pollutants throughout your home. If you have dust or mold in your attic, a leaky duct will spread them throughout the house.

By having your ducts sealed, you can significantly reduce the presence of dust mites, bacteria, pet dander, and other indoor air pollutants.

It Can Lower Your Utility Bills

Your home’s central air system works best when it doesn’t have to work against leaking duct work. Imagine trying to blow air through a straw with holes in it. Most of your breath would escape through the holes. To make air come out the other end, you would have to blow really hard.

It’s the same with your central air. When ducts have leaks in them, the system has to keep blowing air to warm or cool your home.

That often means that families waste a lot of money on energy that gets spent controlling the temperatures of uninhabited areas like attics and basements.

Having Byrd Heating and Air Conditioning inspect your ducts for holes helps to lower your expenses without suffering through hot summers and chilly winters. The company’s professionals also provide heating and air conditioning maintenance services that will make the system even more efficient.

Having a professional inspect your system costs a little money, but you make that money back quickly by lowering your bills.

It Can Make Your Home More Comfortable

If you have noticed that your house has some rooms that feel hotter or colder than the others, then there is a good chance that you need to have your ducts sealed. Leaks not only force your system to use more energy than necessary. They can also make it impossible for your central air to regulate indoor temperatures.

Some people assume that this just has something to do with the way their homes are designed. If you accept that a room feels uncomfortable during winter, then you might put a small heater there to keep it warm. Running a 1,500-watt heater for five hours a day can easily cost over $20 per month. It’s cheaper and more convenient to have your ducts sealed by a professional.

Duct sealing isn’t something that you need to think about often, but it is something that you should have a professional look at occasionally. In the long run, the job will usually pay for itself.

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