What Do You Need to Know about Your Air Ducts?
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Air ducts can be one of those things that are out of sight, out of mind, which is unfortunate because they have a huge impact on how efficient your heating or cooling systems are.
Let’s start with the basics. A network of tubes that deliver heated or cooled air to different parts of your home, air ducts are generally made of sheet metal. Un-insulated or poorly sealed, air ducts can leak hundreds of dollars worth of heated or cooled air into unconditioned spaces. If your ducts are not insulated or you suspect there may be cracks leaking air, it’s worth your while to fix those issues.
Even though repairing ducts is generally fairly simple, you should always hire a qualified professional to do the work and to ensure the use of appropriate sealing materials.
If you’re determined to do the work yourself, here are a few tips:
· When looking for leaks, check for sections that should be joined that aren’t and for obvious holes.
· Use duct mastic for sealing seams and joints. It’s more durable than any other tape available and is typically easier to work with for the do-it-yourself repairperson. If you find gaps that are wider than ¼ inch, you’ll need to bridge them with drywall tape or a good quality heat approved tape.
· Insulating ducts in the basement will make that space colder. Water pipes and drains could freeze and burst without the heat lost from the ducts heating the space. Electric heating tape on the pipes could prevent this but you should still consult a professional to be sure you won’t have unintended damage when temperatures plummet.
· If you have a fuel-burning furnace, stove or other appliance or an attached garage, install a carbon monoxide monitor for your family’s safety.
We’re always happy to answer any question you have about heating and cooling your home. Give us a call today and we’ll help you find ways to make your home more comfortable and efficient.