Written by Brad Crawford
Heating and air conditioning Dallas style places a greater emphasis on cooling, but the need for an efficient ductwork system in your home is the same no matter the season. The ductwork is the series of large pipes that channels heated or cooled air from your furnace or air conditioner. Leaky HVAC ducts can account for substantial losses of conditioned air and wasted money every month. To keep your heating and air conditioning system working as efficiently as possible, it’s necessary to properly seal the ductwork in your home.
You may have a significant leak in your ductwork if you’ve noticed one or more of the following symptoms:
- Unexpectedly high heating or cooling bills
- Inconsistent heating or cooling, or rooms with unusual conditions such as stuffiness or large amounts of airborne dust and particulates
- Difficulty maintaining consistent and appropriate levels of heating or cooling in particular rooms or areas of the house
- Ducts that are visibly damaged, loose, detached or missing
- Un-insulated or poorly insulated ducts in unconditioned areas of your home, such as crawl spaces, unfinished basements and attics or garages
Leaky ductwork can also be dangerous if carbon monoxide or other harmful exhaust gases escape into your home. That’s why it’s important to have your system assessed regularly by a heating and air conditioning Dallas professional.
A ductwork sealing project should include the following:
- Check the entire length of the ductwork system for potential leaks or other problems.
- Repair or replace any damaged ductwork sections.
- Reconnect loose sections and make sure they fit together tightly.
- Straighten any bent or kinked ducts.
- Seal holes, cracks or openings in the ductwork.
- Ensure secure duct connections at registers and vents and at the HVAC unit.
- Make sure all connections and joints are sealed with mastic, a specialized sealant for use on ducts, or with metal tape.
- Avoid using standard duct tape; the adhesive can fail over time.
- Insulate ductwork with rigid fiber board or standard roll insulation. This helps prevent energy loss through the metal of the ductwork itself.
Crawford Services, Inc. can provide a full range of HVAC work that produces the results that heating and air conditioning Dallas customers can rely on. Contact us today for more information on the benefits of duct sealing or to schedule a professional duct evaluation and sealing.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in North Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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