It costs money to keep a Tucson-area home at a comfortable temperature. In fact, about half of your total electricity and gas bills go towards running the HVAC system. If you are like most Arizona homeowners, though, your are probably paying a bit more than you have to, due to inefficiencies within your ductwork.
According to Energy Star, about one-fifth of the air that your furnace heats or your A/C cools is lost due to leaks in the ductwork. This means that your HVAC system has to heat, cool, and move 20 percent more air than would otherwise be necessary in order to keep your home at your desired temperature. In addition, when the system cycles off and is no longer under pressure, these leaks can allow unfiltered air into the system, dirtying your equipment and making it less efficient. Since you breathe the air that comes out of the ductwork, such leaks can also contribute to dirtying your lungs.
Duct sealing, therefore, can be a very worthwhile investment of time and money. The important thing is to make sure it is done correctly. Duct tape, for instance, should not actually be used to seal ducts: your ductwork will be in place for years and years, while duct tape has a comparatively short life span. Metal tape can be used instead, or an aerosol or mastic sealant designed for use with ducts.
Of course, you have to find the leaks in order to seal them, and it is not as though each pinhole-sized leak will be marked with a red flag for your convenience. In order to find all the leaks and properly seal them, you will likely need special equipment and professional training. Because of this, it makes sense to call an HVAC professional and have them do the job.
At Rite-Way Ventilating Co., we have over 50 years of experience in keeping Tucson-area families comfortable in their homes. We have the tools and training necessary to seal your ductwork and take care of any other HVAC maintenance you may need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or if you simply have any questions; we are happy to help.
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