Do You Have Leaky Ducts?
A correctly installed and well-maintained air duct system provides healthy ventilation and air control. It also helps protect your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Many heating and cooling issues that seem mechanical could trace back to your air ducts.
When there is an issue with your ductwork, leaky ducts are the usual suspects. The US Department of Energy (DOE) finds leaky ducts can lower your monthly energy efficiency by up to 30 percent. If you’ve noticed inconsistencies in ventilation coming from your ductwork, you may have a circulation problem caused by a leak.
Leaky ducts can also have an impact on indoor air quality. Leaks open up your ductwork to unwanted contaminants: dust, moisture (a favorite of mold), bacteria, pests, and more. These contaminants can trigger or exacerbate allergies and asthma.
Think your ducts may have sprung a leak? Here are some giveaways:
- Pricier utility bills, especially during winter or summer
- Noticeably tangled or kinked flexible ducts
- Rooms with difficulty heating or cooling, including inconsistent temperatures
Poor insulation can lead to certain inconsistencies. We recommend casing your air ducts with proper insulation to ensure your ductwork stays consistent throughout your home.