According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star program, leaky ducts in attics or crawlspaces can account for 20 percent or more of a home's heating and cooling energy losses. This results in higher utility bills for you and difficulty keeping your house comfortable.
A few signs you may have leaky ducts are if you have:
- High utility bills in summer and winter
- Difficult-to-heat-and-cool rooms
- Stuffy rooms that never seem to feel comfortable
- Attic, crawlspace or garage ducts
- Tangled or kinked flexible ducts in your system
What Can You Do About Leaky Ducts?
Run your system and check all the ducts and joints you can access. If you feel any air flow you can seal these areas with mastic or foil- backed tape. You should seal around where the duct meets the wall as well. Duct tape is actually not recommended for ductwork, neither is fabric-backed tape as it will deteriorate over time. If you have questions about appropriate tape call us at 425-463-9814 or talk to a representative at your local hardware store.
The following maintenance will require an HVAC professional:
Air Duct Insulation
We recommend insulating your ducts. This ensures that the air maintains the correct temperature as it travels to the living spaces in your home.
Air Duct Testing
You can have your ducts tested. One of our certified technicians will take a reading of the air pressure in your ducts and analyze how much
air your system is losing. From there we can make suggestions how to improve efficiency.
Designing and installing air delivery systems is a job for the professionals. At All Weather Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, LLC, we have the knowledge and experience to custom design and install the correct ductwork for most all applications. Correctly sized ductwork will determine the life span and efficiency of
your heating and air conditioning equipment.
Air Duct Cleaning
You should have your air ducts cleaned. Over time, dust, mites, bacteria, and other things get sucked into your vents and build up in your ductwork. Imagine all the years of dust in your house getting blown around into the air you breathe. All Weather Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration recommends Aurora Edmonds for duct cleaning work. They will clean up your ductwork, removing obstructions that restrict your airflow and cleaning out any bacteria and dirt that pollute your indoor air.
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality, or IAQ, is important to the health and well-being of
you and your family. IAQ starts with high quality air filtration and regular maintenance. You can add also accessories with ionizing technology or ultraviolet (UV) light that kills mold, fungus and bacteria to sterilize the air and greatly improve your indoor air quality. For more information about IAQ, see our page on Indoor Air Quality.
To learn more about maintenance for your air delivery system or if you think you may have leaky ducts, call us today at 425-463-9814 or request service online.
All Weather Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration proudly provides HVAC service to Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Carnation, Issaquah, Sammamish, Bellevue, and Mercer Island and the surrounding communities. Visit our service area page for more coverage details, call us at 425-463-9814, or request service online today.