Ducts are one of those parts of climate control systems that just don’t get a lot of attention, which is a problem because they actually serve a very important purpose. As we move into summer, a lot of people are probably making sure that their air conditioners are in good condition. Very few are taking the same good care of their ducts, though. Read on to find out why you should get your ducts sealed this summer to improve your air conditioning system.
Duct Leaks = Inefficiency
The average home’s ducts are very vulnerable to developing leaks over time. Though they may seem sturdy and long-lasting, the slightest thing could open up holes in them. Even years of expanding and contracting with the temperature of the air in the ducts can cause them to form leaks. While the size of each individual leak is typically small, they add up pretty quickly. The US Department of Energy estimates that the average forced air system loses up to 30% of its total output to duct leaks. So, that means that almost a third of the total output that you’re paying for is completely going to waste every time you turn your air conditioner or heater on.
Professional Duct Sealing Is Important
Duct sealing involves painting mastic into the leaks in your ducts. Mastic is a type of epoxy that stiffens once dry. This allows it to seal the leak. However, it is also flexible enough that it can move with the ducts without cracking. Sealing your ducts can give that 30% output back to you, making your home both more efficient and more comfortable.
Saddleback Plumbing offers a full range of duct sealing services throughout Laguna Niguel, CA. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC experts.