Most everyone recognizes the need to get their home heating system checked before the daily use of winter. While your heating system may be ready for winter, though, your ducts may not be. Air ducts are the lungs of your home, and they need to be kept in good condition just as much as your heating system itself. Read on to find out more about duct sealing, and why you should schedule it at least once a year.
Loss of Output
Ducts are incredibly susceptible to leaks, either during installation, through external damage, or from years of normal use. These ducts leaks are individually small, but they really add up quickly. The U.S. Department of Energy has found that the average forced air system loses up to 30% of its output to duct leaks. That’s nearly a third of the total system out put that is still being paid for, but is completely going to waste. If you’re using your heating system on a daily basis, you could be wasting a very large amount of money this winter. This is why duct sealing is so important.
Once the leaks in your ducts have been identified, mastic is painted into them. Mastic is a viscous, epoxy-like material that becomes stiff when dry. It is strong enough to seal the leak, but flexible enough not to crack when the duct expands and contracts. Sometimes regulation duct tape is used to supplement the mastic. Contrary to its name, regular duct tape is actually terrible for duct sealing. Regulation duct tape includes a thin letter of metal, enabling it to actually help seal the ducts.
If your ducts haven’t been sealed yet this year, call Total Comfort, Inc. We offer comprehensive duct sealing services throughout Moreno Valley, CA.