A duct system that is well designed and properly sealed can make your home more comfortable, energy efficient and safer.
SAVING ENERGY DOLLARS
Leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20%. Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy costs and can often pay for itself in energy savings. Plus, if you’re planning to install new heating and cooling equipment, a well-designed and sealed duct system may allow you to downsize to a smaller, less costly heating and cooling system that will provide better dehumidification.
Sealing and insulating ducts can help with balancing issues, such as rooms that are too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.
Certain appliances release carbon monoxide which can enter the overall ducting system through “backdrafting”. Sealing the ducting greatly reduces the potential problem of it entering the living area instead of being fully vented to the outside.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Fumes from common household and garden chemicals can also enter the duct system which can aggravate asthma and allergies. Sealing the ducting can help improve the overall air quality in the home by reducing the risk of pollutants entering ducts and circulating through out the structure.
PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Energy used in our homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants which has been proven to contribute to smog, acid rain and global warming. The bottom line is that the less energy we use the less fossil fuel needs to be burned and the better our general air quality becomes. The duct system that is properly designed, sealed and insulated will require a smaller heating/cooling system thus using less energy which is beneficial for all.
To get a handle on where you are wasting energy dollars and what can be done to improve the “comfort level” in your home, we suggest a WHOLE HOME ENERGY AUDIT as the place to begin. ServiceMark has certified technicians trained in identifying where energy is being wasted, including a thorough examination of the duct system.