Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 11:00 am
Air conditioning is a top priority during the summer, and most people are pretty motivated to make sure that their systems are in good condition. That means professional maintenance to make sure the system is ready to cope with the stress. While that's a good idea, it's not the only thing you can do to make sure that your home is in the best possible shape to deal with the summer heat. Read on to find out more about the benefits that duct sealing can provide.
The single greatest problem that often afflicts ductwork is duct leaks which, unfortunately, is also one of the most common. Ducts can develop leaks for all sorts of reasons, up to and including years of normal use. These leaks tend to be pretty small, but that doesn't matter all that much once they reach a certain number. The US Department of Energy has stated that the average forced air system loses up to 30% of its total output to duct leaks. Over time, that adds up to an incredible amount of energy wasted without any benefit to you. Duct leaks make your home less comfortable, and your air conditioner less energy efficient.
Of the various ways that duct sealing is conducted, one of the most common involves painting mastic into the leak. Mastic is a type of epoxy that seals the leak once dry, but can still flex with the ducts without being compromised. The mastic is often supplemented by regulation duct tape, in order to provide another layer of protection. This restores that 30% output to your home, making your summer that much more affordable and comfortable.
American Heating & Cooling offers comprehensive duct sealing services throughout Whitesburg, KY. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC technicians.