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Why You Shouldn’t Attempt Duct Sealing Yourself

We’ve written before on the importance of duct sealing. Though duct leaks may not seem like much, they can result in massive loss of output for forced air systems. In fact, up to 30% of a heater or air conditioner’s output can be lost to duct leaks, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program. So, duct sealing is a big part of keeping your ducts healthy and your forced air systems efficient. Since it seems like such a simple job, you may be tempted to try and seal your ducts on your own. That is not advisable at all. Read on to find out more about why you shouldn’t try to seal your own ducts.

Lack of Training

In order for duct sealing to be successful, the various leaks in the system first have to be located. Isolating the location of each duct leak involves a complex process that only a professional HVAC technician would know how to conduct properly. Simply spot-checking every section of ductwork in your home is not only time consuming, but terribly impractical considering the location of some of the ducts. Even once the duct leaks are located, you don’t have the knowledge required to seal them correctly.

Lack of Equipment

Some specialized tools are required to properly seal the ducts. These tools are typically only found in the possession of an HVAC professional. Many people seem to think that they can just use duct tape to seal their ducts, and that will solve the problem. Contrary to its name, however, duct tape is actually very poorly suited for sealing ducts. The ideal material for duct sealing in most cases is mastic, not duct tape.

If you need to have your ducts sealed, call Switzerland Air. We serve the entire Freeport, TX area.

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