What are the Benefits of Duct Sealing?
August 09, 2023
When it comes to optimizing the performance and efficiency of your HVAC system, one often overlooked aspect is the sealing of air ducts. While ductwork plays a crucial role in distributing conditioned air throughout your home, leaky ducts can lead to energy wastage, reduced indoor air quality, and compromised comfort.
In this blog, we will explore the numerous benefits of duct sealing and why it's a smart investment for homeowners:
- Reduced duct loss
- Lower energy bills
- Improved air quality
- Longer HVAC lifespan
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We’ll help you avoid leaky ducts and wasted energy bills with professional duct sealing. All of our techs are highly-trained and will get the job done quickly and safely, all while providing family-like service. Call (813) 963-3056 (Tampa) or (727) 474-8287 (Pinellas) or schedule an estimate online.
Reduced Duct Loss
When installing an HVAC system, most homeowners choose between two options: a ducted system or a ductless system. In a traditional ducted system, hot or cool air is distributed using central ductwork. Concealed behind walls, ceilings, and floors, the ductwork delivers uniform heating and cooling throughout the entire home.
Over time, ductwork can sprout cracks and gaps that cause air to leak out of the ductwork. Instead of ending up in your living spaces, that air winds up in the walls, attics, and crawl spaces. In other words, you ultimately lose the air that you're paying for. Not only are leaky ducts costly, but they may also make homes more uncomfortable. Especially here in Florida, where homeowners rely on cool AC for most of the year.
The good news is, duct loss can be significantly reduced through duct sealing. You might be wondering, how does it work? First, our HVAC technicians will thoroughly clean the ducts to eliminate dirt, debris, and other pollutants. Once the ductwork is clean, we'll perform an inspection to identify leaks and any other potentially weak areas. Finally, we'll cover leaks with a sealant, leaving you with secure, strong ductwork.
Lower Energy Bills
In addition to reducing your home's comfort, leaky ducts impact your energy costs. When hot or cold air is lost through leaks and cracks, your HVAC system will struggle to fulfill your temperature demands. To try and compensate for this, it will overwork itself.
So, what exactly does "overworking" mean? Simply put, an overworked HVAC system will consume more energy than usual to try and meet the desired temperature. It will also operate for longer periods of time. The more energy your HVAC system uses, the higher your energy costs will be.
By minimizing air loss, duct sealing can help prevent your monthly energy bills from rising. And, as an added perk, improved energy efficiency is better for the environment.
Improved Air Quality
Leaky ducts don't just allow valuable hot or conditioned air to escape — they also allow unconditioned, unfiltered air to infiltrate your home. Over time, a wide range of contaminants can accumulate in your ductwork, including the following:
- Dirt, debris and dust
- Pet dander
- Volatile organic compounds (VOC)
- Mold spores
A standard HVAC system comes with an air filter that catches these contaminants, preventing you from breathing them in. However, if you have leaks in your ductwork, the contaminants may be released before they have a chance to get filtered. Poor air quality can result in problems like increased allergens, respiratory issues and unpleasant odors. Not only are allergy symptoms uncomfortable, but they're also known to disrupt sleep.
It's also possible for moisture to leak from your ductwork. Excessive moisture encourages mold growth, which in turn causes allergy symptoms and home damage. By sealing your ducts, you seal in these contaminants, thus improving your home's air quality.
Longer HVAC Lifespan
From reduced air loss and energy bills to improved efficiency and air quality, there are many benefits to duct sealing. And, all these benefits also lead to a longer HVAC lifespan. Here are a few key ways in which duct sealing improves system lifespan:
- Reduces the strain on your HVAC system
- Lowers operation times
- Prevents contaminants from building up in the system
Duct sealing prevents air loss, allowing your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible. The more efficient your HVAC system is, the less energy it has to consume. In other words, it doesn't have to overwork or strain itself to meet your needs. Efficient systems also work more quickly, giving your system plenty of time to rest. As a result, your HVAC system is less likely to burn out and stop working early.
Furthermore, proper sealing prevents contaminants from building up inside your ductwork. Similar to how leaks allow contaminants to escape, they also allow contaminants to enter. When pollutants build up inside your HVAC system, they can interfere with its performance, which increases the risk of repairs.
Overall, HVAC systems can be big investments — so, it goes without saying that you want your system to last as long as possible. Duct sealing can help prolong your equipment's lifespan while saving you money on energy bills. A win-win!
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Whether you're looking to reduce your energy bills or improve your air quality, duct sealing services can help. At Red Cap, we're committed to helping customers through speedy scheduling, honest pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call (813) 963-3056 (Tampa) or (727) 474-8287 (Pinellas) or schedule an estimate for duct sealing online today.
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