The Importance of Duct Sealing for Home Comfort

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The Importance of Duct Sealing for Home ComfortThe ducts that deliver conditioned air to all the rooms in your home are hidden from view, so you may not realize how their condition impacts your comfort. If the ducts are leaky or not properly insulated, as much as 30 percent of your HVAC system's output may not arrive at the registers. Professional duct sealing can eliminate this needless waste and boost your day-to-day home comfort.

What's Involved in Professional Duct Sealing?

An experienced HVAC professional inspects the ducts for disconnected or damaged sections, and checks for gaps and leaks where conditioned air can escape. After any necessary repairs are made, fiberglass mesh is applied to joins and seams and the ducts are sealed with mastic. Finally, the ducts are wrapped with R-8 insulation to limit energy losses. This in-depth process brings you several key benefits:

  • Enhanced comfort — When deficiencies in the ducts are corrected, you'll feel an improvement in the amount of airflow at the registers. Maintaining a consistent temperature is easier as well, and you'll find there are fewer hot and cold spots in the house.
  • Significant energy savings — Heating and cooling accounts for almost half of your yearly household energy consumption. Having the ducts sealed and insulated can curb air leakage by up to 30 percent, and this can lower your annual energy bills significantly.
  • Healthier indoor air quality — Sealing leaky ductwork located in the attic, garage or unfinished basement can keep moisture, allergens, mold, and other contaminants from circulating through your home so you enjoy better indoor air quality.
  • Greater safety — Fixing duct deficiencies reduces your risk of lethal carbon monoxide poisoning from a backdrafting furnace or gas water heater.
  • Longer equipment service life — Reducing air leakage in the duct system prevents unnecessary strain on your HVAC equipment that can shorten its life span. Sealing the ducts also keeps damaging debris from entering the system and building up on critical components.

To learn more about the benefits of duct sealing, contact us at Hartman Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning. We've provided top-notch HVAC services to Fort Wayne area homeowners since 1963.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in New Haven, Indiana and surrounding Fort Wayne area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). 

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