Even if you’ve been a homeowner for years (or decades), you may not have given much thought to your home’s air ducts lately. Indeed, few homeowners are proactive enough to monitor and maintain their air ducts until a problem occurs or energy bills begin mounting. Read on to learn more about the causes, impact, and solutions to leaking or poorly-pressurized air ducts.
Why Are Leak-Free Ducts So Important?
Not only can air duct leakage waste electricity (and dollars) by making your HVAC less efficient and sending climate-controlled air into your walls rather than into your rooms, it can even reduce the life of your HVAC system by rendering the air pressure within the ducts inadequate to circulate the hot or cold air the system is producing. Maintaining leak-free ducts can ensure your HVAC system runs as intended and doesn’t use needless electricity in the process.
Leaks in your air ducts can also increase their ability to transport pollutants and particulates like dust, pollen, and other sneeze-inducing substances.
What Causes Duct Leakage?
Duct leakage can be caused by any number of factors, including the age of the system. Over time and with changes in temperature and humidity, the connections and hoses that help keep your ductwork in one connected piece can expand and contract, loosening in the process. In other cases, these ducts can be perforated by rodents, breached by leaking water from a roof or burst pipe, or even damaged from a too-quickly-settling foundation or a rowdy game of indoor basketball.
How Are Leaks Identified And Repaired?
Leaks can be invisible to the naked eye but are quickly picked up by an infrared camera that shows the difference in air temperature inside and outside your ductwork. A specialist can then head straight to the source of the leak and seal the surrounding ductwork with an impenetrable and flexible plastic or make other repairs as needed.
Spot Free HVAC Services provides both residential and commercial duct sealing services, along with furnace and AC installation and repair, to Alameda, Concord, Dublin, Fremont, and the surrounding all Bay Areas.