You may not realize it, but the ducts in your home perform a vital role in the operation of your air conditioning system. Without ducts, your system would not be able to circulate cool air around the house. It would be essentially useless to use a central air conditioner without proper ductwork to support it. However, simply having ducts is not enough. Ducts in poor condition can have disastrous effects on how well your air conditioning system operates. Read on to find out more about the dangers of poor ducts, and how duct sealing can mitigate them.
By far the biggest problem that ducts face is that of leaks. Duct leaks can form any number of ways. Poor installation can leave gaps in the ducts where the sections meet, especially in areas like the air return. Years of normal use can also cause leaks, as the ducts expand and contract with the temperature of the air. Regardless of the cause, though, the consequences of duct leaks can be severe.
The US Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program has estimated that as much as 30% of the average air conditioning system’s output is lost to leaks in the ductwork. That’s a huge amount of cool air being lost that you are still paying for. This leads to higher operating costs, and a less comfortable home.
Duct sealing addresses this problem by finding and sealing any leaks in the ductwork. Normally, the leaks are sealed with a substance called “mastic.” Mastic has a consistency similar to sheetrock. It is painted over the leaks and, when dry, seals them shut. This can dramatically improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, helping to save you money and keep you cool.
Call Switzerland Air today to schedule an appointment. We offer duct sealing services throughout Freeport, TX.