When cold weather arrives and wintry winds start to blow, you're going to want your home to be as airtight and energy-efficient as possible. Otherwise, not only will you be wasting energy, your home will be less comfortable for you and your family. But regardless of how efficient your HVAC system is, if the ductwork carrying the conditioned air from your system to the living spaces inside your home is leaking, you're not getting the maximum benefit from your energy dollars. Sealing your home's leaky ductwork will provide you with a number of significant benefits.
Your home's HVAC system may be churning out plenty of warm air to keep you and your family toasty and comfortable in the coldest of weather, but if all of that air doesn't reach you, it will be almost impossible to maintain your home's comfort level. Repairing your home's ductwork leaks is essential to maintaining a uniform temperature throughout your home.
Improved Air Quality
Most people understand that any home can often be filled with pollen, dust and mold (or even vapors from various chemicals). But you may not know that if you have leaky ductwork running through your attic or other unconditioned spaces, this ductwork can actually draw in even more chemicals and particulates, reducing your home's air quality. Sealing your ductwork can prevent this from happening.
Reduced Energy Costs
According to the federal government, leaky ductwork can cause you to lose as much is 20% of the conditioned air your system produces. By sealing your leaky ductwork, you will make the system more efficient and effective, with the result that your energy bills will be lower.
Reduced Wear and Tear
Your home's HVAC system will experience much greater wear and tear if you fail to seal the leaks in your home's ductwork. This is because the system will have to operate much more frequently in order to try to compensate for the conditioned air that's being lost. As a result, you will have higher maintenance costs and the lifespan of your system will be shortened.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
A carbon footprint refers to the impact that your home has on the overall environment, either through what it consumes, how it was built or because of the materials it was constructed from. With regard to energy efficiency, inefficient homes force power plants to produce more power than they need to, increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. By repairing your leaky ductwork and making your home more energy efficient, you are helping to reduce your home's carbon footprint. (For more information, contact Metro Air)