Poorly Vented Heating and Cooling Air Ducts Can Add up in Higher Utility Bills.
Temperatures can rapidly fall, and your heating system needs to rev up. But is the heat output reaching areas where it is supposed to? How much is being wasted as it tunnels through damaged or disconnected ducts? This loss can be costly.
In houses with forced-air heating and cooling, ducts distribute the air throughout. Many times 20% – 30% is lost due to leaks, holes and poorly connected ducts. Often the change can be most felt in the master bedroom.
How do you Know if Your Furnace System Needs Repair?
- Your winter and summer utility bills have risen.
- Some of your rooms, especially the master bedroom, have become more difficult to heat.
- Other rooms feel stuffy and uncomfortable.
- Upon inspection, you find kinks or holes in your flexible duct system.
- You find visible gaps and sags in the ducts.
Having a professional HVAC and Indoor Air-Quality technician test your heating and cooling system ductwork can prepare you for high furnace usage this winter, and for cooling next summer. In preparation for testing your system, the tech will seal up the registers and vents of the air ducts, turning it into a closed system. Then they will use a fan, or duct blaster, to apply pressure to the duct system to determine if and where air is escaping. This year, new home construction requires less than a 5 – 10% loss to receive approval.
Inefficient Air Ducts Adversely Affect our Home Air-Quality and Health.
Open duct ruptures can allow dust, insulation particles and fumes to enter your duct system, causing a high rate of allergens to be blown into your living space. This, of course, will aggravate asthma and allergies.
Gas operated clothes dryers, water heaters, and furnaces can release combustion gases (like carbon monoxide). Leaks in your heating and cooling ductwork may cause ‘backdrafting’ causing these toxic gases to be sucked into living areas, rather than be expelled outside.
Because leaks can lead to poor indoor air quality and higher energy costs, it pays to have the technicians mend and repair any areas of air loss.
Save Money and Improve the Environment.
Having your ductwork maintained can often pay for itself in energy loss savings. Are you planning on installing new heating and cooling equipment? A well-designed and sealed duct system could allow you to downsize, providing you with a less costly and more efficient system – even providing better de-humidification and humidification.
Energy used in our homes is often provided by fossil fuel burning plants which contributes to smog, acid rain and climate change. It goes without saying that the more of these fuels we demand for our system, the more pollution we generate. By sealing your ducts you can cut down on waste and pollution.
We can provide help!
Here at ABEL Heating & Cooling we can provide the expertise to ensure that your HVAC system ducts are moving air at optimal efficiency. Please don’t let ignorance of the state of your ductwork lead to discomfort, higher energy costs and health problems.
For more information or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at 952-472-COOL (2665) or Contact Us