Most homeowners get their air conditioning systems professionally checked before summer starts, in order to make sure that they can cope with the added strain. However, far too few homeowners know to have their ducts sealed before the days start to heat up. Even if your air conditioner is in prime condition, it can still be substantially negatively affected by duct leaks. Let’s take a look at why duct leaks are such a problem, and how duct sealing can help you out this summer.
Though they may seem sturdy, ducts are actually quite vulnerable to leaks. Even through years of normal use, expanding and contracting with the air temperature, ducts can develop a fair amount of leaks. While individual duct leaks are fairly small, they add up quite quickly. The US Department of Energy has found that the average forced-air system loses up to 30% of its total output to duct leaks. So even if your air conditioner is in the best possible shape, you’re going to be losing nearly a third of its total output if you try using it without sealing your ducts.
The most typical method for sealing duct leaks involves painting mastic into them. Mastic is a type of epoxy that seals the leak once dry, and is able to move with the ducts without cracking. If the mastic alone is not enough to ensure that the leak remains sealed, it can be supplemented with regulation duct tape. This is duct tape with a layer of metal in it, to help it more effectively seal the leak. Regular duct tape is, ironically, not very good for duct sealing. By having your ducts sealed at least once a year, you can make your climate control systems much more efficient.
Switzerland Air offers duct sealing services throughout Brazoria, TX.