Ductwork is what makes centralized air conditioning possible. Without ducts, you would likely be stuck using fans and opening windows in order to cool your home on hot days. Though they are very important to the operation of central air conditioning systems, ducts are almost always neglected when it comes to required maintenance.
Let’s take a look at one of the biggest problems that ducts face, and how duct sealing can take care of it for you.
Ducts may seem pretty unlikely to develop any serious issues over the years. After all, they don’t have any moving parts. They just kind of sit there, providing a passage for cool air to travel to its destination. What could possibly happen to cause a major duct problem? Well, the biggest problems that ducts face is that of leaks, and they can happen all sorts of ways.
Improper installation can leave large gaps between the sections of ductwork. Animals can occasionally get into the ducts and tear holes in them trying to escape. Excessive moisture can cause sections of the duct to rust away, opening holes in the network. Even normal use can result in leaks, as the ducts expand and contract with the temperature of the air moving through them. This can eventually cause them to work themselves loose.
So, why are duct leaks such a big deal? Even though duct leaks are often small, they tend to add up very quickly. The US Department of Energy has estimated that the average forced air system loses as much as 30% of its output to duct leaks. That translates to a very large amount of the air conditioning that you’re paying for going to waste every time you turn the system on.
Duct sealing is the process of finding and closing any leaks that may be present in your home’s ducts. By doing this, your HVAC technician can save you hundreds of dollars a year on your electric bill. The better sealed your ducts are, the more efficient your air conditioning system will be. It is recommended that you have your ducts professionally sealed at least once every two years.
If you haven’t had your ducts sealed in at least that long, call Johns Refrigeration. We provide air conditioning services throughout the Gilbert area.